Pawtucket, R.I. – Jaron Long (3-3) tossed a career-best 7.2 innings on the front end as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) defeated the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox) on Memorial Day Monday, 2-0. SWB (23-23) notched its fourth shutout of the year while Pawtucket (24-22) received its fifth blanking of 2015.
Long did not allow a base runner until Jackie Bradley, Jr. walked to begin the fourth. A double play thereafter meant he had still faced the minimum before Travis Shaw bunted for a hit, the first allowed by Long, with one out in the fifth. In his ninth start of the season, Long allowed three hits, walked three and whiffed four on 97 pitches (63 strikes).
He was in line for the win thanks to Mason Williams‘ run-scoring single in the second and Nick Noonan‘s sac fly in the seventh. Pawtucket starter Henry Owens (2-3) allowed just one score over six innings to suffer the loss.
Tyler Webb aided Long’s efforts by stranding an inherited runner when he struck out his fellow South Carolina alumnus, Bradley, to end the eighth. Jose Ramirez fired a scoreless ninth for his team-best sixth save.
The RailRiders continue the three-game series and road trip at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday. Right-hander Joel De La Cruz (3-0, 3.42) will face fellow right-hander Jess Todd (1-0, 3.86).
The RailRiders return home on Friday, May 29 to face the Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles) in the first of a six-game homestand. It will sport Friday Fireworks presented by Jack Williams Tire & Kumho Tire, a Fit Track School Day thanks to Odak and Strike Out Stroke Night presented by Geisinger Health Systems. For tickets or more information, call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit the team’s website, www.swbrailriders.com.
OFF THE RAILS:
Rob Refsnyder went 0-for-4 as his on-base streak ended at 25 games.
Jaron Long has won three of his last four starts, posting a 0.48 ERA in the victories.
Neither team registered an extra-base hit.
While SWB went 1-for-8 with men in scoring position, Pawtucket registered an 0-for-2 showing.
Earlier in the day, former RailRider Slade Heathcott hit his first MLB home run while southpaw Jacob Lindgren made his big league debut.