PAWTUCKET, R.I. (September 3, 2018) - On the back of two home runs and six strong innings from Michael King, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders finished the regular season with a 5-1 win Monday afternoon against the Pawtucket Red Sox.
The PawSox took a 1-0 lead in the home half of the first. Pawtucket loaded the bases on two hits and a fielder's choice. Anuery Taverez scored on a fielder's choice and an error for the early tally. After the first, RailRiders starter Mike King settled in, walking a batter in the second before retiring the next 11 consecutive batters.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre evened the score in the top of the fourth with two down. Wilkin Castillo hit an 0-1 pitch over the right field wall to tie the game at one. It was Castillo's second home run of the season and his first in 78 at-bats since July 5. The RailRiders added more offense in the 6th and 7th innings to grow their lead to 3-1 entering the 9th inning.
In the top of the 9th inning, Matthew Gorst retired the first two men before allowing a single to Mark Payton. That set the stage for L.J. Mazzilli who clubbed his seventh homer of the season and made it a 5-1 lead entering the final half inning for RHP Brady Lail.
RailRiders pitching was outstanding all afternoon long, holding Pawtucket to just two hits after the first inning. Chance Adams, David Sosebee and Brady Lail came out of the bullpen to toss three innings of scoreless one-hit ball to seal the victory. King was excellent again in his start, collecting his fourth win of the season in five starts with SWB, ending the regular season with a 1.15 ERA.
The 2018 regular season has concluded and the 2018 International League postseason begins Wednesday night at PNC Field against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. First pitch Wednesday night is set for 6:35 p.m. with pregame coverage set for 6:05 p.m. For additional information on tickets and game times, please head to www.swbrailriders.com.
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