The Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, fresh off of a one-sided victory, experienced the other end of one on Saturday night. Held to just two hits, they had a hard time solving the Pawtucket starter, Edgar Olmos.
Pawtucket struck first in the top of the second inning. After a walk and back-to-back singles by Blake Swihart and Allen Craig, Matt Dominguez doubled on a line drive to left field. That would be followed up by a two-run single for Heiker Meneses. That would put the Red Sox up 4-0.
Olmos pitched five scoreless innings against Scranton Wilkes-Barre however they did have their chances against him. In the bottom of the second inning he issued two walks to lead things off. The RailRiders’ would strand the walks with two strikeouts and ground out to end the inning. Olmos would walk five batters in all.
“One thing I always tell our players is to be ready,” RailRider Manager Al Pedrique said. “We’ve got to control what we can control between the lines.”
The lone bright spot for the RailRiders was the rehab assignment for Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Ellsbury had been experiencing some concussion issues after making a nice catch and slamming off of the fence almost a month ago. He finally stopped having headaches and was able to start rehabbing.
Ellsbury would finish the day going 1-3 with a double and a stolen base.
“I’m happy with how (the game) went,” Ellsbury said. “I’ll take a one for three night any day.”
The plan for Ellsbury is to DH and play innings tomorrow against Pawtucket. After tomorrow the RailRiders go on the road to Syracuse and Ellsbury will join the AA Trenton Thunder for their home stand.
Pawtucket had another big inning in the 8th frame. Bryce Brentz led off the inning with a double to left field. Two batters and two outs later Allen Craig singled him in on a ground ball through to right field. Matt Dominguez then stepped up and nailed a two-run homerun over the left center field fence. That gave Pawtucket their 8-0 and final lead.
The RailRiders’ take on Pawtucket in the final game of the series. For the Red Sox, Shawn Haviland (3-5, 3.69 ERA) takes the mound and for Scranton Wilkes-Barre Bryan Mitchell (0-2, 4.50 ERA) gets the call. The game is a 1:05 pm start at PNC field.