PawSox Rally, Win 5-4 in 10 Innings
MOOSIC, PA – The PawSox rallied to beat
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5-4 in 10 innings to take three of four in the
series at PNC Field in front of 9,595 fans.
Two consecutive flawless innings on offense took the PawSox and RailRiders to the 3rd
inning where Pawtucket took advantage of a big Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
mistake. Tony Thomas led off the frame with a double and Justin Henry
rolled a ground ball to second base. RailRider second baseman Brent
Lillibridge fired low and past first base allowing Thomas to score
giving the PawSox a 1-0 lead.
PawSox starter Clayton Mortensen entered the contest with an August
record of 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA, three earned runs over 20 innings, and he
continued his dominance Saturday night. The right hander retired the
first 11 batters he faced before issuing a two-out walk to Dan Johnson.
He would get a ground ball to third to end the frame keeping Pawtucket
Mortensen did not allow a hit until there were two outs in the 5th inning.
RailRiders' starter Chris Bootcheck was equally as good going 6.2
strong frames allowing just three hits and walking a pair before
departing in the 7th inning with runners at second and third.
Lefty Cesar Cabral came in out of the bullpen and promptly allowed an
RBI single to Jackie Bradley Jr. to put Pawtucket in front 2-0.
Mortensen would toss seven shutout innings allowing just three hits while striking out five.
The PawSox added another run in the 8th as Justin Henry drew a bases loaded walk to make it a 3-0 lead.
In the bottom of the 8th, Rubby De La Rosa entered out of
the PawSox bullpen. He would allow a walk and a single with one out
before Addison Maruszak drove home two with two outs to cut the lead to
Pawtucket added a crucial insurance run in the 9th as Brock Holt double and scored on a one-out RBI single by Ryan Lavarnway to grab a 4-2 lead.
Jose De La Torre began the 9th for Pawtucket and allowed
back to back singles to start the inning. After a pair of ground outs
had runners and second and third, the PawSox went to Anthony Carter out
of the bullpen needing to get just one out. Neil Medchill, making his
first start in Triple-A, would single up the middle scoring both runners
to tie the game 4-4.
In the 10th, Justin Henry singled with one out. Heiker
Meneses followed with a hit to left. Henry was aggressive taking third
on the play, but the throw from left field caromed off of Henry into
foul ground allowing him to score giving Pawtucket a 5-4 lead. Carter
would retire the RailRiders in order to pick up the win.
The PawSox will continue their seven-game set with
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but the venue will switch to McCoy Stadium for
three games starting Sunday at 6:05pm. Pawtucket will send Anthony
Ranaudo (2-1, 1.93) to the hill against Chase Whitley (3-2, 3.12) of the
The first 3,000 female fans coming to McCoy Stadium when the PawSox
host the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Sunday will receive a pink
PawSox T-shirt courtesy of CVS Pharmacy & Coast 93.3.