It was a tough night for hard-luck RailRiders starter Chris Bootcheck, who surrendered just three hits during his 6 2/3 innings but left trailing 2-0 and with a no-decision after two errors led to two unearned Pawtucket runs. The RailRiders earned their way back even when Neil Medchill’s two-run single in the bottom of the ninth tied the game 4-4 and sent the game into extra innings at press time.
RailRiders at the plate: On a night where hits were tough to come by against Pawtucket starter Clayton Mortensen, J.R. Murphy broke up the righty’s no-hit bid by dumping a single into center field with two outs in the fifth inning. Rehabbing New York Yankee Derek Jeter and Dan Johnson both singled in the seventh inning for the only other hits off Mortensen. Jeter’s replacement Addison Maruszak delivered the team’s first two runs with a single to right field in the eighth inning and Medchill’s two-run single tied the game in the ninth.
RailRiders on the mound: What a job by RailRiders starter Chris Bootcheck, who pitched three-hit ball for 6 2/3 innings and left trailing 1-0 after an error allowed that lone run. Bootcheck battled to keep Pawtucket from breaking it open, stranding runners on third base in the third and fourth innings. A second unearned run was charged to Bootcheck when reliever Cesar Cabral allowed a run-scoring single in the seventh.
Captain RailRider: Jeter’s final appearance for the RailRiders was hardly the caliber of a 13-time American League All-Star, but the Yankees icon did give area fans a little of what they came to see when he lined a single past shortstop in his final at-bat of the game in the bottom of the seventh inning. Jeter also grounded out to second base in the first inning and grounded out to shortstop in the fourth, and committed a two-base error when his throw on a hopper by Heiker Meneses skipped past first base.
Today’s Game: The RailRiders begin a three-game series at Pawtucket’s McCoy Stadium at 6 p.m. tonight.
On Deck: The RailRiders continue their short road trip with a 7 p.m. game Monday in Pawtucket.
Next at PNC Field: The RailRiders return for their final two home appearances of the season with 7:05 p.m. games against Lehigh Valley on Wednesday and Thursday.
On the Radio: All games can be heard on WYCK 1340-AM, 1400-AM and 100.7-FM.
HOW THEY SCORED
PAWTUCKET THIRD: Tony Thomas doubled to left field. He scored when RailRiders second baseman Brent Lillibridge threw away Justin Henry’s bouncer for an error. PAWTUCKET 1-0.
PAWTUCKET SEVENTH: Thomas reached base on an error, moved to second base on a wild pitch and advanced to third on a passed ball. He scored when Jackie Bradley Jr. singled to left field. PAWTUCKET 2-0.
PAWTUCKET EIGHTH: Mark Hamilton doubled to left field and moved to third base when Jeremy Hazelbaker singled behind second base. RailRiders reliever David Herndon then walked Thomas and Justin Henry in succession, forcing home Hamilton. PAWTUCKET 3-0.
RAILRIDERS EIGHTH: Neil Medchill walked, Alberto Gonzalez singled and Brent Lillibridge reached base on a fielder’s choice. Lillibridge took second on defensive indifference, then Addison Maruszak ripped a single to right field that brought Medchill and Lillibridge home. PAWTUCKET 3-2.
PAWTUCKET NINTH: Brock Holt doubled to right field, then raced home when Ryan Lavarnway singled to right. PAWTUCKET 4-2.
RAILRIDERS NINTH: Randy Ruiz and Ronnier Mustelier both singled, and both eventually scored on Neil Medchill’s game-tying two-run single. RAILRIDERS 4, PAWTUCKET 4.