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MOOSIC — For the last two nights, Bryan Mitchell sat and watched a potent Pawtucket team roll up runs while flooding the basepaths with danger for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.

He wasn’t about to fall into that trap.

Mitchell cooled off the red-hot PawSox by pitching seven brilliant innings Sunday and the RailRiders offense did just enough to snap Pawtucket’s franchise-record 11-game winning streak with a 3-1 victory at humid PNC Field.

“That all points right toward ‘Mitch’ ” RailRiders manager Dave Miley said.

The promising righthander who’s been in Triple-A for little more than a month sure pointed the RailRiders in the right direction.

He shut down the PawSox by pitching three-hit ball through seven scoreless innings in his longest outing this season and second-longest of his minor league career. Mitchell did that without walking a batter, and finished with six strikeouts to depart with a 3-0 lead at the start of the eighth.

“I expect good results every time out there,” Mitchell said. “Things are starting to come together for me.”

His latest outing only exemplified the dominance Mitchell has displayed since being promoted to the RailRiders on June 21 from Double-A Trenton, where Mitchell was 2-5 with a 4.84 ERA.

In four starts with the RailRiders, Mitchell has surrendered runs just once - when Charlotte tagged him for three home runs and six runs in his only Triple-A loss July 17. Aside from that, Mitchell has allowed just 12 hits and no runs over 16 innings of three other outings while improving his record with the RailRiders to 2-1.

“Obviously, the talent is there,” Miley said. “Great start against a very good hitting ballclub. Seven innings, his pitch count was low. Very solid.”

The RailRiders needed Mitchell to turn into a rock Sunday.

Their pitching staff was rocked for 18 runs in two previous games at PNC Field against the high-flying PawSox since the start of the four-game series Friday, and because of it, their bullpen didn’t have much ammo Sunday.

Mitchell was keenly aware of that.

“That’s the goal, to go deep every game,” Mitchell said, “especially after the last two nights, that was in the back of my mind. Give the bullpen some rest.”

Mission accomplished.

Mitchell, who made his Triple-A debut in Pawtucket with four scoreless innings on June 21, mowed down the PawSox over three perfect innings before allowing a single to Mookie Betts to start the fourth. Only two other Pawtucket batters reached base against Mitchell, when Carlos Rivero singled to start the fifth and Ryan Lavarnway sent a double on one hop over the wall with two outs in the seventh.

By then, Mitchell had retired 20 of the first 22 batters he faced - mainly by throwing strikes.

“I was just getting ahead of hitters,” said Mitchell, a 23-year-old righthander who threw 51 of his 82 pitches for strikes. “(Catcher Austin) Romine called a great game, got me in a rhythm early. When I get in trouble is when I fall behind. I have to pitch ahead of hitters. Today, I was able to stay ahead of them, for the most part.”

It seemed like Mitchell could do that all day.

“I felt good,” Mitchell said.

But on a muggy day that felt much hotter than the gametime temperature of 83 degrees, the RailRiders didn’t want to extend Mitchell any longer than the seventh.

“Seven innings on a day like today, he did his job,” Miley said.

The RailRiders late-inning relievers finished up, as Tyler Webb took over and pitched a perfect eighth before Edgmer Escalona worked through a two-out error and Lavarnway’s RBI single to leave the tying runs stranded on base in the ninth.

“I’ve just been putting a lot of work in between starts,” Mitchell said. “We had a plan going into the game.”

The RailRiders mapped out their sixth victory in eight games by digging in against Pawtucket’s Matt Barnes.

They scored the game’s first run in the fifth inning when Corban Joseph lined a single, took second on a wild pitch and charged home on Jose Pirela’s single to left field. The RailRiders added another run later in the frame when Zoilo Almonte drew a bases-loaded walk, and got some breathing room when Almonte scored on a doubleplay grounder in the eighth.

Those flecks of offense proved just enough to give Mitchell a winning record at the Triple-A level.

“He got the ball, got right on the mound, and him and Romine worked really well together,” Miley said.


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