Pawtucket wins 2-1, when Scranton held a 1-0 lead until the ninth inning and all signs pointed to a win for them. Allen Webster pitched great but Jose De La Torre got the win. The game was so well pitched overall that it lasted two hours and 19 minutes.
Webster pitched eight innings. Left fielder Corey Patterson hit a solo home run in the first inning, but that was it for the remainder of Webster's appearance. He only gave up one other hit, a single to second baseman Addison Maruszak in the eighth.
Righty Brett Marshall also pitched reasonably well, going seven scoreless innings. Only Jackie Bradley Jr was able to scrap out a couple of singles, so nicely done, kid.
In the ninth inning, lefty Cesar Cabral was on the hill to start pitching his second inning of the night for the RailRiders. It was cloudy, not terribly warm. Cabral faced Hazelraper, walked him. Hazelbaker's been the number nine batter lately, I don't know. Bradley was next and he doubled, probably because he was wearing an enchanted jockstrap. Brock Holt was the subsequent batter and Cabral hit him. "OH SNAP," said Stephen Holder. So thanks for loading the bases.
Enter Jim Miller to replace Cesar Cabral and face Ryan Lavarnway. This one time I was walking through a cool, dark wood with Lavarnway and we were having a great conversation until we emerged from the trees and he remembered who he was and ran away. Lavarnway drove a ball deep to right, Neil Medchill caught it but Hazelbaker scored to tie the game.
And then Hamilton. Line drive to right. Jackie Bradley Jr booked it home, 2-1 PawSox and joy all over the place, all over your mom's face.
Sorry, Brett Marshall. You just can't stop the PawSox right now. THEY ARE A RUNAWAY CONESTOGA WAGON.
1. In case you're wondering, "But how does any of this relate to A-Rod?", seems when Cesar Cabral was rehabbing in Double-A Trenton, he bought a spread for everybody. Rodriguez also rehabbed in Trenton, bought nothing. Cabral has never played in the big leagues.
2. “Earlier I was jerking balls out of the strike zone down and away, and
then shooting them up and in. It was hard to get good timing,” Webster
said. “Now I've got a good rhythm where I’m staying behind it, and if I
do jerk one, I fix it the next pitch instead of four or five later.” - Tim Britton, Providence.
3. GAAAH ENORMOUS GRINNING BRETT MARSHALL HEAD! The eyebrows, the eyebrows! TURN IT OFF, MAN!
4. Chris Wise over at Watching Durham Bulls Baseball has created this magnificent graph entitled "International League North/Wild Card Race." You can see Pawtucket's rise charted very nicely. I love it so much.
STEVEN WRIGHT PITCHES TONIGHT I HAVE TO GO NOW!!!