Five-Run Ninth Fuels Spectacular Comeback
RailRiders Clinch Regular-Season Series over Pawtucket
Pawtucket, R.I. – The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) erupted for five runs in the ninth inning to stun the host Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) on Monday evening, 6-5. The RailRiders (51-32) clinched the regular-season series over Pawtucket (40-41). SWB has won 14 of its last 20 games overall and leads the season series against the PawSox 10-5 with three meetings remaining.
Down 5-1 in the ninth, Billy McKinney sparked the comeback with a home run to right off of Noe Ramirez. Two outs later, Abiatal Avelino worked a walk, took second on defensive indifference and Wilkin Castillo sent him home with a two-strike single to right. Jake Cave then engineered a full-count walk before Ramirez was lifted in favor of Austin Maddox. Donovan Solano welcomed the new hurler with an RBI single to left and Ji-Man Choi followed with a two-run double to left-center to cap the rally.
In his first Triple-A appearance since April of 2016, Nick Rumbelow took things from there. The right-hander had tossed a scoreless eighth and he faced the minimum in the ninth thanks to a 6-4-3 game-ending double play off the bat of Dan Butler.
Rumbelow (1-0) earned the win, Maddox (2-1) suffered a blown save (1) and the loss.
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