MOOSIC — If only Ronnier Mustelier could share some of his magic.
But after his three hits for the RailRiders, the rest of the offense disappeared Wednesday night.
As a result, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre squandered a few prime scoring chances, and couldn’t overcome a shaky start by Brett Marshall during a 6-3 loss to Pawtucket at PNC Field.
Hope began vanishing quickly for the RailRiders, who fell behind 5-1 in the top of the fifth inning.
All their chances to come back kept going poof.
The RailRiders left Mustelier standing at third base in the second inning, then stranded two runners in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. There went their chance to at least forge a tie.
At least Mustelier found the secret to the trick.
His double in the second inning set up J.R. Murphy’s RBI ground out. Then Mustelier singled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Alberto Gonzalez in the bottom of the fifth. And Mustelier’s infield single drove home Melky Mesa — who walked and stole second and third base — to pull the RailRiders within 5-3 in the sixth inning.
But that was about it for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s offensive attack.
Mustelier finished with three hits in three trips to the plate, but the RailRiders managed only three more as a team. And those three singles by Murphy, Brent Lillibridge and Gonzalez didn’t produce much.
Meanwhile, Pawtucket found plenty of production stepping in against RailRiders starter Marshall.
The PawSox tagged him for seven hits and five runs through five innings, putting the RailRiders in what proved to be an inescapable hole.
Jeremy Hazelbaker started the damage with a two-run double in the second inning, after Mark Hamilton began the inning with a double and Drew Sutton drew a walk.
The RailRiders threatened to draw even in the bottom of the inning, when Murphy’s grounder brought Johnson home with the team’s first run and sent Mustelier to third base. But he stayed there when Adonis Garcia grounded out to end the inning.
Pawtucket got a few more runs on Hamilton’s sacrifice fly in the third inning and during a two-run fifth, when Jackie Bradley Jr. scored on a ground out and Dan Butler delivered Brock Holt with a sacrifice fly for a 5-1 Pawtucket lead.
From there, the RailRiders never did solve PawSox starter Allen Webster — who struck out seven over 5 2/3 innings — and three Pawtucket relievers.
The PawSox added an insurance run in the ninth against former Phillies reliever David Herndon, who was victimized by an error that sent Hazelbaker home with the game’s final score.