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By Dave Rosengrant drosengrant@civitasmedia.com



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MOOSIC – Jeremy Bleich has had one common denominator in all three of his Triple-A starts: one bad inning ruins a good outing.


On Monday night, the RailRiders’ left-hander entered the fifth inning tossing a shutout. About 30 minutes later, he was leaving the game and couldn’t get out of the fifth after allowing five runs on six hits as he was hit with the loss in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s 5-4 defeat to Pawtucket at PNC Field.


Bleich, who has pitched 17 innings with the RailRiders and only allowed a run in five of them, didn’t give up a hit until there was one out in the top of the fourth when Carlos Rivero singled to left. Two infield outs later, Bleich was out of the inning. Before the fourth, the 27-year-old allowed two walks in the first inning, but needed just three pitches to get the other three batters out and had thrown just 52 pitches through four.


Then came the nightmarish fifth as the first five batters of the inning all reached base allowing Pawtucket to equal the score at 2-2. Bleich rebounded to get the next two outs – one a groundout scoring the third run – and it looked like he was going to get out of the frame without anymore damage. Ryan Roberts wasn’t going to have a part of that though as he belted a two-run double to the gap in left-center putting the PawSox in front 5-2. Bleich had to throw 35 pitches to get two outs in the stanza.


“It’s pretty frustrating. I didn’t pitch well tonight,” Bleich said. “I haven’t really put the whole thing together since I’ve been here. I keep putting us in situations where I gotta make a pitch. I gotta execute a pitch in a big situation. That’s how guys win ballgames and I haven’t done that since I’ve been here.”


The RailRiders rallied in the eighth when Jose Pirela singled to start and John Ryan Murphy doubled. They both scored; Pirela on a passed ball and Murphy on a doubleplay to trim the deficit to one at 5-4. But in the ninth, after Zelous Wheeler led off with a walk and was sacrificed to second, Austin Romine grounded out, and pinch-hitter Rob Refsnyder struck out looking.


Meanwhile Pawtucket knuckleballer Steven Wright had near-perfect control of his pitch on the night only throwing 25 balls the entire night of the 103 pitches he threw.


Pirela got to Wright in the bottom of the first hit his second homer of the series depositing a knuckler deep over the billboards in left field. Pirela’s sixth blast of the season got the RailRiders off to a good start with a 1-0 lead.


Kyle Roller went deep in the fourth inning clubbing a solo homer to the opposite field, left field, off Wright, who has a 1.80 ERA in four starts for the PawSox to extend the SWB lead to 2-0 for his seventh longball of the season, but his first since June 10.


Wright didn’t give up much more after Roller’s homer as he showed flashes of his past dominance when he threw three shutouts for Pawtucket last season. The righty only allowed five hits, two to Roller and two to Taylor Dugas in addition to Pirela’s homer.


“There’s a little adjustment period when you see it for the first time and it never breaks the same way,” Roller said about the knuckleball. “He was moving it up and down and was throwing strikes with it which makes it even tougher. …It was pretty awesome to see that a guy throwing a ball that moves around so much had such good control.”


Pawtucket`AB`R`H`2B`3B`HR`BI


Mookie Betts cf`4`1`2`0`0`0`1


Mike McCoy ss`3`1`1`0`0`0`1


Travis Shaw 1b`5`0`0`0`0`0`1


Carlos Rivero 3b`4`0`1`0`0`0`0


Ryan Roberts 2b`4`0`1`1`0`0`2


Garin Cecchini lf`4`0`1`0`0`0`0


Christian Vazquez c`4`1`1`0`0`0`0


Alex Hassan rf`3`1`1`0`0`0`0


Dan Butler dh`4`1`1`0`0`0`0


Totals`35`5`9`1`0`0`5


RailRiders`AB`R`H`2B`3B`HR`BI


Jose Pirela lf`4`2`2`0`0`1`1


John Ryan Murphy c`4`1`1`1`0`0`0


Zoilo Almonte cf`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Scott Sizemore 3b`4`0`0`0`0`0`0


Kyle Roller 1b`4`1`2`0`0`1`1


Zelous Wheeler ss`2`0`0`0`0`0`0


Corban Joseph 2b`3`0`0`0`0`0`0


Carmen Angelini ph`0`0`0`0`0`0`0


Austin Romine dh`4`0`0`0`0`0`0


Taylor Dugas rf`3`0`2`0`0`0`0


Robert Refsnyder ph`1`0`0`0`0`0`0


Totals`32`4`7`1`0`2`2


Pawtucket`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO


Steven Wright (W, 2-1)`7.0`5`2`2`0`7


Drake Britton (H, 3)`1.0`2`2`1`1`1


Tommy Layne (S, 5)`1.0`0`0`0`1`1


RailRiders`IP`H`R`ER`BB`SO


Jeremy Bleich (L, 0-2)`4.2`7`5`5`3`5


Jim Miller`2.1`1`0`0`0`1


Heath Bell`2.0`1`0`0`1`3

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