PawSox news release...
MOOSIC, Penn. — Sam Travis ignited the Pawtucket Red Sox offense, but the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders responded late and defeated the PawSox, 9-8, on a warm Wednesday night at PNC Field.
The PawSox (15-20) broke a 6-6 tie in the eighth with a pair of runs, but the RailRiders (21-16) scored three in the bottom of the frame to hand Pawtucket its seventh consecutive loss. The PawSox, who had only scored 13 runs total in the previous six losses, tallied their best offensive output since a 10-1 win over Gwinnett on April 28.
For the third consecutive night, Travis (2-for-4, 3 R, HR, 3 RBI, BB, SB) sprayed line drives and recorded a multi-hit game, his 12th of the season. After starting the season 5-for-36 (.139) in his first 10 games, the former second-round pick has gone 25-for-75 (.333) in his last 20 games.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre catcher Eddy Rodriguez, who delivered the walk-off grand slam Monday night in the 12th inning, hit a pair of two-run shots out of the No. 9 hole in the RailRiders order.
Rehabbing Red Sox INF/OF Brock Holt (vertigo) served as the designated hitter and played the entire game. Holt went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored.
Pawtucket starter Shawn Haviland allowed six runs (five earned) on 11 hits and a walk in six frames, and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre starter Luis Cessa ceded six runs on five hits and three walks over seven innings.
PawSox relievers Edgar Olmos (1.1 IP, 2 R) and Noe Ramirez (L, 0-1) followed Haviland, while Scranton righty Ben Heller (W, 1-3) fended off Pawtucket’s comeback bid.
RailRiders first baseman Mike Ford, who had four RBI Tuesday, ripped a solo home run to right field in the second to make it 1-0. After three consecutive singles, left fielder Clint Frazier came home on a run-scoring knock from shortstop Ruben Tejada, extending the lead to 2-0.
The PawSox promptly tied the game in the third, 2-2, when center fielder Rusney Castillo (2-for-5, R, 2 RBI) took a hanging breaking ball and launched it to left field for his fourth long ball of the season.
Scranton quickly regained the lead, 3-2, in the bottom half of the inning on an RBI double from No. 3 hitter Rob Refsnyder. Two batters later, left fielder Clint Frazier laced an RBI single to left-center to drive in Refsnyder.
Pawtucket pulled within a run. 4-3, in the top of the fourth when third baseman Matt Dominguez rolled a two-out RBI single up the middle to reel in Travis.
Travis handed the PawSox their first lead in the fifth. After catcher Dan Butler and Holt worked walks, Travis unloaded a three-run blast to center to vault Pawtucket ahead, 6-4.
In the bottom of the sixth, however, Scranton tied the game, 6-6, on a two-run homer from Rodriguez.
Against Heller in the eighth, the PawSox went right to work. Travis coaxed a leadoff walk, and right fielder Steve Selsky singled. Shortstop Ryan Court then stroked an RBI base knock to plate a hustling Travis. Pawtucket widened the lead to 8-6 on an RBI fielder’s choice from Dominguez.
In the bottom of the eighth, Frazier worked a leadoff walk and moved to third on a throwing error from Olmos on a pickoff attempt. Frazier then scored on an RBI groundout from designated hitter Mark Payton, pulling Scranton within one, 8-7. Three batters later, Rodriguez hammered his third home run of the series to put the RailRiders in front, 9-8.
The PawSox threatened in the ninth, placing runners at the corners with one out, but Travis and Selsky struck out.
The PawSox continue their seven-game road trip against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday at 10:35 a.m. at PNC Field.