After giving up four runs in seven innings in a no decision against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs last time out, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders southpaw Josh Rogers took the mound on Thursday looking for improvement. And that’s exactly what he did.
The starting pitcher threw 6.1 innings of one-run baseball as the RailRiders took down the Pawtucket Red Sox to salvage a four-game series split after dropping the first two contests earlier in the week. Rogers struck out six while only giving up four hits and three walks.
Rogers mostly cruised until the seventh inning when he loaded the bases after a pair of walks to Mike Ohlman and Aneury Tavarez sandwiched an Ivan De Jesus Jr. single to right field. The left-hander was pulled in favor of J.P. Feyereisen after the Tavarez walk loaded the bases with one out.
Jorden Betts singled to left to score Ohlman for the Red Sox’s lone run before Feyereisen got Cole Sturgeon and Rusney Castillo to fly out to center to end the threat.
The RailRiders jumped on the board with a run in the first inning thanks to an RBI single to right from Greg Bird, scoring Tyler Wade. The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre shortstop led off the game with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch.
The RailRiders added a run in both the third and sixth when Clint Frazier ground out out to third scored L.J. Mazzilli and Billy Fleming roped an RBI single to score Erik Kratz.
Wade, Fleming and Mazzilli all collected two hits. Wade and Kratz were the only RailRiders with extra-base knocks, which were both doubles.
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