A late rally by the RailRiders wasn’t enough as they fell to Pawtucket, 5-4 on Monday night at PNC Field.
SWB and the Red Sox split the four-game set, while the loss drops the RailRiders to 36-40 this season. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre still holds a 5-3 advantage in the season series versus Pawtucket. The next meeting between the teams is July 25-28 in Moosic.
RailRiders at the plate: Jose Pirela and Kyle Roller each homered. Roller also had a single, while Taylor Dugas added a pair of singles. Zelous had his nine-game hitting streak end as he went 0 for 2, but reached base twice via hit by pitch and a walk.
RailRiders on the mound: Jeremy Bleich had one bad inning when he allowed five runs on six hits in the fifth inning. Before that, he only gave up one hit. With the loss, Bleich’s record falls to 0-2. Jim Miller pitched the next 2 1/3 perfect innings, while Heath Bell worked two scoreless innings only giving up a single and a walk.
Time of Game: 2:52
Today’s Game: SWB starts a two-game series with Rochester tonight at 7:05 at PNC Field.
Today’s Probables: RailRiders RHP Bruce Billings (4-3, 4.93) vs. Red Wings LHP Logan Darnell (2-4, 3.25)
On Deck: The homestand and wraps up on Wednesday night when the RailRiders host Rochester at 7:05.
Today at PNC Field: Get ready for Social Media Night as Twitter and Facebook are about to blowup tonight during the game. It’s also T-shirt Tuesday as the first 1,500 fans through the gate will receive a free shirt. Tonight’s freebie will be imprinted with “#allaboard”
On The Radio: All games can be heard on NEPA Sports Radio WYCK 1340-AM, 1400-AM, 1440-AM, 100.7-FM, 106.7-FM,
On TV: The next game that can be seen live on WQMY (My Network) is Tuesday, July 1.
HOW THEY SCORED
RAILRIDERS FIRST: Jose Pirela homered. John Ryan Murphy struck out. Zoilo Almonte grounded out. Scott Sizemore lined out. RAILRIDERS 1-0
RAILRIDERS FOURTH: Scott Sizemore flied out. Kyle Roller homered. Zelous Wheeler was hit by a pitch. Corban Joseph grounded into a doubleplay. RAILRIDERS 2-0
PAWTUCKET FIFTH: Christian Vasquez singled. Alex Hassan walked. Dan Butler singled to load the bases. Mookie Betts singled to score Vasquez. Mike McCoy singled to score Hassan. Travis Shaw grounded out, but Butler scored. Carlos Rivero struck out. Ryan Roberts doubled to score Betts and McCoy. Garin Cecchini singled, Roberts to third. Jim Miller relieved Jeremy Bleich. Vasquez grounded into a fielder’s choice, Cecchini out at second. PAWSOX 5-2
RAILRIDERS EIGHTH: Jose Pirela singled and moved to third on a double by John Ryan Murphy. Pirela scored and Murphy to third on a passed ball. Zoilo Almonte walked. Scott Sizemore grounded into a double play, Almonte out at second, but Murphy scored. Kyle Roller struck out. PAWSOX 5-4