Worcester Red Sox Fall to Scranton/WB Railriders

By Stephen Ur

The Worcester Red Sox hosted the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders in the second game of the six-game series between the two teams at Polar Park in Worcester, MA on Wednesday night. They were looking for redemption after an 8-6 loss Tuesday night. Chris Murphy was the starting pitcher for the WooSox in this game.

Scraton/WB scored the first run when Jake Bauers scored from third on a single from Billy McKinney. Worcester tied the game after a couple errors by the Railriders allowed David Hamilton to score.

It was a pitcher’s duel throughout the first half of the game as Murphy and Railriders starting pitcher Tanner Tully didn’t allow many hits on their end. Scranton would hit many deep balls to left field, but they weren’t deep enough and were handled by the Worcester outfield.

Murphy was pulled after 4.2 IP, giving up three hits, allowing one earned run and striking out five. Andrew Politi took the mound for the WooSox with two outs in the fifth inning.

Scranton re-took the lead in the top of the sixth when Bauers scored his second run when an infield fly from McKinney dropped. Tully’s night was over after 5.2 IP in which he allowed four hits, one run and struck out nine.

The WooSox had the bases loaded with two outs in the sixth, but Ryan Fitzgerald was caught looking, ending the inning. They left the bases loaded heading into the seventh. Jamie Westbrook scored on a sac fly in the top of the eighth to extend the Railriders lead to 3-1.

McKinney would score after Jose Godoy was caught in a rundown between first and second before Daniel Palka made a throw home that wasn’t in time. The score was now 4-1.

DJ Snelten closed the game out for Scranton, giving them their second win in the series. The two teams will meet again tomorrow night at Polar Park in Worcester. First pitch is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. ET.

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