PawSox Blasted by RailRiders at McCoy

Ken Bell

PawSox news release…

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — The revamped
Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders erupted with a seven-run fourth inning
en route to a 12-4 rout of the Pawtucket Red Sox on Saturday before
5,234 at McCoy Stadium.

After being swept in a season-opening four-game set at home by the
PawSox in April, the RailRiders underwent a significant makeover.

Among their newcomers, second baseman Brent Lillibridge and right
fielder Fernando Martinez combined for seven hits, seven RBI, four runs
and 18 total bases as the two clubs renewed their season series.  In
fact, both Lillibridge and Martinez went deep off
Pawtucket's Chris Hernandez (L, 3-3) in the 11-batter fourth. 

With the PawSox ahead, 2-1, thanks to Xander Bogaerts's two-run single
in the first inning, the ex-Boston utility player Lillibridge tied the
contest with his third home run leading off the fourth.  J.R. Murphy,
who finished with four hits of his own, later
doubled in another run for a 3-2 advantage.

Scranton-Wilkes Barre continued its onslaught with a three-run homer by
Martinez and a two-run blast by Dan Johnson.  Lillibridge came up again
and doubled for the seventh hit of the inning in an 8-2 lead.

The RailRiders struck for four more runs in their next turn, in the
fifth, against Chris Carpenter.  Murphy collected an RBI single and
Martinez rocked his second three-run homer of the night.  Martinez
concluded the evening 4-for-6 with a pair of home runs
and six RBI.

In the bottom of the fifth, Jeremy Hazelbaker put the PawSox back on the
board with a two-run homer off SWB starter Graham Stoneburner (W, 3-4),
who completed the inning to qualify for the decision.

In suffering their first back-to-back losses since June 4, Pawtucket has
allowed 22 runs the last two nights to Toledo and Scranton-Wilkes

The PawSox (50-31) are scheduled to host the RailRiders on the sixth day
of their season-long nine-game homestand at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday.  Right
hander Brandon Workman (3-1, 2.16) is slated to make the start opposite
Jose Ramirez (1-1, 3.65).