SWB Game Notes
SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE RAILRIDERS (71-65) vs. PAWTUCKET RED SOX (66-71)
RHP Adonis Rosa (2-1, 3.71) vs. RHP Josh A. Smith (5-7, 4.42)
| Game 137 | September 2, 2018 | McCoy Stadium | Pawtucket, RI |
| First Pitch 6:15 p.m. | Pregame Show 5:45 p.m. |
LAST TIME OUT: The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders entertained a sold-out crowd of 10,000 fans at PNC Field on Saturday night, but fell to the Pawtucket Red Sox 3-0.
Pitching had the upper hand early as Nestor Cortes of the RailRiders and Josh D. Smith of the Red Sox kept the game scoreless into the fifth inning. However, in the top of the fifth, Dan Butler led off with a double, and a bunt single from Aneury Tavarez put runners on first and third with no outs. Cole Sturgeon grounded into a double play, which plated Butler with the first run of the contest. Cortes (6-6) walked Mike Miller, then Rafael Devers followed with a two-run home run to give Pawtucket a 3-0 advantage. Aside from the blip in the fifth the SWB lefty had a strong outing, allowing three runs on five hits in five innings, striking out six.
The RailRiders were quiet offensively until the bottom of the eighth when L.J. Mazzilli led off with a single against Fernando Rodriguez. Devyn Bolasky hit a groundball to second base that was booted by Brandon Phillips for an error and put runners on first and second with no outs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre loaded the bases with two outs, but Rodriguez settled down to retire the side without any damage.
Cortes (6-6) took the loss while Travis Lakins (1-0) notched the win. Cale Coshow, Chance Adams and Brady Lail combined for four scoreless innings out of the RailRiders bullpen to keep the score close. The trio combined to retire the final 10 Pawtucket batters of the game.
In the bottom of the ninth, Mike Ford led off with an opposite-field single, but Marcus Walden retired the next three batters to close out the win for the Red Sox. The RailRiders remain in contention for the International League Wild Card race with two games remaining in the regular season.
WILD MATH: Entering play this evening, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre can clinch the Wild Card with a victory and some help. The RailRiders would need to win, have Toledo beat Columbus and Louisville top Indianapolis. Prior to any first pitch today, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre holds a .0003 advantage in the IL Wild Card race over the Clippers and Indians.
KING CROWNED IL PITCHER OF THE MONTH: RailRiders RHP Michael King was named the International League Player-of-the-Month for August. The right-hander went 3-0 with a 1.09 ERA in five starts in the month, which were also his first five career Triple-A appearances. King allowed only 17 hits on the month, holding opponents to a .149 batting average, while striking out 27 and walking four in 33.0 IP. 2018 marks the third straight year that the RailRiders have had an IL Player-of-the-Month, joining Aaron Judge in June of 2016 and Jake Cave in July of 2017. King is the first SWB pitcher to claim the award since Brandon Duckworth in July of the 2001 Red Barons season.
ROSTER EXPANSIONS: The New York Yankees grabbed three players from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders when the MLB rosters expanded on Saturday. RHP Luis Cessa and INF/OF Tyler Wade were both recalled to the big league roster, while LHP Stephen Tarpley was signed to an MLB contract and was selected from the RailRiders roster. To compensate for the roster losses, the RailRiders received RHPs Adonis Rosa and David Sosebee along with INF Bruce Caldwell from Double-A Trenton.
COMING THROUGH, ACQUIRING CUTCH: The New York Yankees acquired OF Andrew McCutchen from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for INF Abiatal Avelino and RHP Juan De Paula from the Staten Island Yankees. Since July 24, there have been seven players traded by the Yankees directly off the RailRiders roster: RHP Cody Carroll, LHP Josh Rogers, RHP Billy McKinney, LHP Caleb Frare, INF/OF Tyler Austin, RHP Giovanny Galllegos, and INF Abiatal Avelino. Since the start of the season, there are now 18 players who have appeared in a game for the RailRiders who are no longer part of the Yankees organization: Cody Asche, Tyler Austin, Abiatal Avelino, Daniel Camarena, Cody Carroll, Vince Conde, Cesar Diaz, Brandon Drury, Caleb Frare, Gio Gallegos, David Hale, Erik Kratz, Adam Lind, Billy McKinney, Oliver Perez, Jace Peterson, Josh Rogers. Adam Warren.
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