PawSox Outslug RailRiders to Win Series
Tyler Austin Bashes 13th Homer, Drives in Four
Pawtucket, R.I. – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/ New York Yankees) rallied from a four-run deficit to lead 6-5 in the seventh, but could not hang on. Pawtucket scored three in the final two frames and edged the RailRiders (67-40) 8-7 on Saturday night. The Red Sox (56-52) clinched their first series victory against SWB this season and just their second at McCoy Stadium since 2014.
Tyler Webb (3-2) suffered the loss after allowing three runs on three hits in 1.1 innings. Pat Light (1-1) took home the win after Pawtucket’s eighth inning rally. He allowed a run on two hits and a walk in one inning, plus three batters. Noe Ramirez earned his fourth save by retiring the final three hitters in the ninth.
Trailing 5-2 in the sixth, Jose Rosario launched his second home run with SWB out to left. The shot off reliever Kyle Martin pulled SWB within two.
Tyler Austin gave the RailRiders’ their first lead in the series on a mammoth, three-run shot to straightaway center in the seventh. He scored Ben Gamel and Gary Sanchez who had reached on a single and hit batsman, respectively.
The PawSox tied the game in the last of the seventh on doubles by Rusney Castillo and Marco Hernandez. Jose Vinicio’s bases loaded single, snuck through a drawn-in left side, put Pawtucket up for good in the eighth. Castillo provided a pivotal insurance run on a sacrifice fly to right.
Down 8-6 in the ninth, Sanchez got a run back for the RailRiders by scoring Gamel on a single to left-center. With two on and nobody out, Ramirez entered. He struck out two and induced a fly out to shallow right that ended the game.
OFF THE RAILS:
-Starter Kyle Haynes allowed five runs on six hits across five innings. The right-hander has yielded five runs in three of his last four starts.
-The RailRiders have dropped four-of-five on the road after winning a franchise-record
-Outfielder Ben Gamel collected three hits in four at-bats, the ninth time he has recorded three or more knocks. He scored three runs for the second time this year as well.
-Tyler Austin homered for the 13th time in 47 games with SWB. His four RBI tonight give him 45 in that time, most in the IL and fourth most in all of Triple-A.
The RailRiders look to avoid a Pawtucket Red Sox sweep at McCoy Stadium on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Right-hander Luis Cessa (5-2, 3.11) will start against right-hander Justin Haley (4-3, 4.12). The RailRiders return home Friday, August 5, against the Syracuse Chiefs. The RailRiders will celebrate the opening of the Olympic Games with a special RailRiders USA jersey giveaway. For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com.