The T.L. Express
The RailRiders snapped Pawtucket’s five-game winning streak with a 4-1 win Friday night at PNC Field, holding off a late Pawtucket rally for the victory.
RailRiders at the plate: With a second inning double, Ronnier Mustelier extended his hitting streak to 11 games. He finished with two hits and a run scored in four at-bats. Brent Lillibridge was 2 for 3 for the RailRiders, while Randy Ruiz went 2 for 4. J.R. Murphy had a two-run single and Corey Patterson brought in a run with a single.
RailRiders on the mound: Caleb Cotham was brilliant once again tossing 6 1-3 scoreless innings extending his scoreless inning streak to 17 1-3. He allowed seven hits, struck out four and walked just one to net the win and improve to 6-5. Dellin Betances relieved Cotham in the seventh getting the next seven outs with six of them being punch-outs. He got in trouble in the ninth. After recording the first two outs, he allowed a pair of batters to reach. Jim Miller inherited the runners and allowed one to score before getting the final out for his sixth save of the season.
Captain RailRider: Rehabbing Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter finished the outing 0 for 3 with a strikeout and a walk. But a heads up play in the seventh inning while on third base accounted for a RailRider run when he scored on a wild pitch that didn’t get too far away from the Pawtucket catcher.
Tickets Available: Jeter will end his recent rehab stint tonight with the RailRiders at PNC Field. Bleacher seats and lawn seats were still available as of late Friday night.
Attendance: 10,000 (the fourth sellout this season at PNC Field)
Time of Game: 2:31
Today’s Game: The RailRiders and PawSox wrap up their four-game set at PNC Field tonight with first pitch set for 7:05.
Today’s Probables: PawSox RHP Clayton Morrison (3-0, 2.95) vs. RailRiders’ right-hander Chris Bootcheck (9-7, 3.84)
On Deck: The teams head to Pawtucket for three games starting Sunday night.
Today at PNC Field: The final Saturday game of the season in Moosic is tonight and plenty is going on with as it’s Back to School and Celebrate Reading Night with a lunchbox giveaway to the first 1,500 kids 12-and-under.
On The Radio: All games can be heard on WYCK 1340-AM, 1400-AM and 100.7-FM
On TV: There’s only two televised games remaining this season, including tonight’s contest against Pawtucket scheduled to begin at 7:05 on WQMY (My Network TV). The final telecast of the 2013 season will be Wednesday night.
HOW THEY SCORED
RAILRIDERS SECOND: Randy Ruiz singled. Ronnier Mustelier doubled, Ruiz to third. Adonis Garcia struck out. J.R. Murphy singled to drive in Ruiz and Mustelier. Corey Patterson struck out. Alberto Gonzalez grounded out. RAILRIDERS 2-0
RAILRIDERS SIXTH: Ronnier Mustelier fouled out. Adonis Garcia doubled. J.R. Murphy fouled out. Garcia moved to third on a passed ball. Corey Patterson singled to score Garcia then moved to second on a wild pitch. Alberto Gonzalez grounded out. RAILRIDERS 3-0
RAILRIDERS SEVENTH: Brent Lillibridge singled. Derek Jeter grounded into a fielder’s choice, Lillibridge out at second. Jeter advances to second on an error. Dan Johnson grounded out, Jeter to third. Jeter scored on a wild pitch. Randy Ruiz singled. Ronnier Mustelier flied out. RAILRIDERS 4-0
PAWTUCKET NINTH: Tony Thomas struck out. Drew Sutton struck out. Jeremy Hazelbaker singled. Heiker Meneses walked. Jim Miller relieved Dellin Betances. Justin Henry singled to score Hazelbaker. Jonathan Diaz fouled out. RAILRIDERS 4-1