8.22.13 Pawtucket Red Sox @ Scranton RailRiders - So hard, so bad, and wicked bad.

Pawtucket wins again, 5-2, even though Derek Jeter tried really hard to help the RailRiders.

Beefy knuckleballer S. Wright pitched six innings and gave up two runs, only one earned though.

Starter for the Pennsylvania Yankees was Graham Stoneburner, of the Virginia Stoneburners, great-great grandson of tobacco baron Meriweather Stoneburner. Probably. Stoneburner, who has never tried marijuana in his life, got through the first couple of innings without pissing himself but the third and fourth innings were not so simple.

Stoneburner pitched 3 2/3 innings and gave up five runs. Cesar Cabral had to take over for him.

Scranton scored first in this game! With one out, Derek Jeter in his little RailRiders outfit doubled to left and then scored when first base guy Dan Johnson doubled.

Third inning, Hazelbaker singles, steals second, advances to third on an error by the catcher, Bobby Wilson. Not that it mattered much, because Wee Willie Winkie Brock Holt hit a home run! It was darling. 2-1 Red Sox.

Fourth inning, three singles and an error by the shortstop led to three more runs. Jonathan Diaz drove in a run. Diaz has been so hot lately.

Bottom of the fifth, Jeter hit an RBI single. Pawtucket relievers Chris Martin, Ryan Rowland-Smith, and Pedro Beato allowed no further run-scoring nonsense from the Scrantonians. Thank you, boys!

FOR THE RECORD, Jeter did not "dive into the stands" to get that ball. He'd caught the ball already and his running momentum carried him into the seats. AND NO I WILL NOT LET IT DIE ALREADY.

two things:
1. Donnie Collins: "Pawtucket has won all six of its games at PNC Field this season, and even though the RailRiders have played them better-than-even at McCoy Stadium this season, it has been a lopsided series in the big ballpark at the foot of Montage Mountain."

2. "Moosic Woman Sings National Anthem to Stadium and Jeter" is the headline. And, really, the whole story, but I guess this was news? MOOSIC!!!

3. Jeff Schuler doles out compliments disguised as facts: "Pawtucket is suddenly the hottest team in the IL, winning 11 of its last 12. The PawSox, who won at Scranton 6-3 Wednesday night, play the RailRiders the next six nights, the last three at home to statt a seven-game home stand before coming to Allentown for the season's final two games." (sic)

4. Keith! That's all you got? "The Pawtucket Red Sox have now won five straight games, following its 5-2 win last night over the Scranton-Wilkes Barre at PNC Field"

So now Pawtucket's in first place in the IL North, with the Rochester twins a half game behind. The other division leaders are the Durham Bulls (nice work) and  the Pirate Indians. Durham's already clinched their division, so that's pretty impressive.

Do you know how badly I want to attend the AAA Championship Game in Allentown? And yet I cannot? BUT DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA?

See you guys...

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