Despite an infusion of talent to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders’ lineup prior to Monday’s game in Pawtucket — with Clint Frazier joining the team after Sunday’s demotion and Greg Bird and Billy McKinney taking their rehab to Triple-A — the result was still the same.
The RailRiders dropped their fourth straight loss of the road trip, falling, 5-4, to the Red Sox at McCoy Stadium.
Frazier went 2-for-4 with a home run in his return to the RailRiders while Bird had a two-run shot in the first inning, capping off a three-run from for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and McKinney was 0-for-4.
The RailRiders had a 3-0 lead four batters into the game off of PawSox starter Jalen Beeks.
After Tyler Wade was retired to begin the game, Frazier lasered a home run into the Pawtucket bullpen in left field for a 1-0 lead. The next man up was Brandon Drury who singled to center field, setting the table for Bird. The first baseman turned on a high fastball from Beeks and drilled it to the top of the bleachers in right-center field for a resounding 3-0 lead.
Following that, however, the PawSox began to rally.
They scored runs in the bottom of the second and fourth innings off starting pitcher Erik Swanson, who was making his Triple-A debut after a impressive start to his season with Double-A Trenton. The right-hander finished the night with a no-decision, exiting with a 4-3 lead after three runs allowed over 5.2 innings pitched with eight strikeouts.
Aneury Tavarez tied the game, 3-3, with a seventh-inning solo shot before Pawtucket rallied off Brady Lail in the 8th inning for a go-ahead run fielder’s choice groundout by Dan Butler to plate the game-winning run.
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