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Under One: SWB a half-game back after win over Sox

The RailRiders took down Worcester 5-4 on Tuesday thanks to a late rally.
Phillip Evans drove in the tying and go-ahead runs in the bottom of the eighth as the RailRiders topped Worcester 5-4 Tuesday. (Tim Dougherty)
September 13, 2022

MOOSIC, PA (September 13, 2022) –The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (74-61) came back for a gritty 5-4 victory over the Worcester Red Sox. With a Gwinnett win, SWB is just a half-game back of the Durham Bulls in the International League East. Worcester got on the board in the first inning. A

MOOSIC, PA (September 13, 2022) –The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (74-61) came back for a gritty 5-4 victory over the Worcester Red Sox. With a Gwinnett win, SWB is just a half-game back of the Durham Bulls in the International League East.

Worcester got on the board in the first inning. A pop-up landed on the infield with two outs and two on to give the WooSox a 2-0 lead. Johan Mieses singled home another to make it a three-run, seven-batter first.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre responded in their half of the third inning. Red Sox number seven prospect Bryan Mata had not allowed a hit, but had walked five and hit a batter by the time Armando Alvarez drove in two with a single to right.

The Sox got one back with a solo shot from Ronaldo Hernández against José Mujica in the fifth to increase the lead to 4-2. Rob Brantly put one on the board with an RBI groundout in the sixth for SWB, making it 4-3 WooSox.

A series of stellar defensive plays highlighted the night for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Blake Perkins made a diving grab in center field to rob Nick Sogard of a hit in the sixth. Matt Pita made a diving grab to rob Hernández of extra bases in the seventh.

The RailRiders rallied in the eighth inning. Ben Rortvedt and Ronald Guzmán reached on a single and double. Phillip Evans bounced a single up the middle to give SWB their first and only lead of the night, 5-4.

Jimmy Cordero locked down the final three outs for his second save. The RailRiders bullpen retired 15 of the last 17 batters faced after the Hernández solo homer in the fifth. Jacob Barnes (1-1) earned his first SWB win out of the bullpen. Darwinzon Hernadez (0-2) takes the loss. The Gwinnett Stripers walked off 5-4 on the Durham Bulls thanks to a rehabbing Ozzie Albies, who hit a walk-off solo homer in the ninth. The RailRiders are just a half-game back of first place after Tuesday’s International League events.

The series continues on Wednesday night with Mitch Spence on the mound for SWB. It’s Waggin’ Wednesday and $1 Hot Dog Night at PNC Field. Fans can bring their four-legged canine friends to the game, presented by Magic 93. $1 Dog Night is presented by Sahlen’s Hot Dogs. Tickets are available at swbrailriders.com.