WooSox Rewind: Worcester stumbles with 2-4 week against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

The Worcester Red Sox began the July 4th holiday week in a four-way tie for the top stop in the International League East Division, and despite dropping four of six against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders at Polar Park they still find themselves just a single game out of first in the closely packed division that sees eight teams within five games in the standings.

WooSox 6, Railriders 4
WP: Zack Kelly (4-1); S: Kaleb Ort (15)
Big hits:
Devlin Granberg 6th inning RBI double

Ronaldo Hernández 8th inning three-run homer

Unsung heroes: Yolmer Sánchez 2-3, 2 runs; Darwinzon Hernandez (3K) and Durbin Feltman (1K) one inning each perfect relief.

Off day

Railriders 4, WooSox 2
LP: Caleb Simpson (0-1)
Big hits:
Christin Stewart 2nd inning home run

Jeter Downs 5th inning solo homer

What went wrong: A bad seventh inning from Caleb Simpson turned a 2-1 advantage to a 4-2 deficit.
Unsung heroes: Scoreless relief from Eduard Bazardo (1.1IP, 3K), Josh Taylor (1IP, 3K), and Frank German (1.2, 4K)

Railriders 5, WooSox 3
LP: Josh Taylor (0-2)
Big hits:
Johan Mieses 3rd inning RBI double

Jeter Downs 5th inning solo homer

What went wrong: Taylor faced five batters in the 7th and only got one out.

Railriders 5, WooSox 3
LP: Geoff Hartlieb (1-3)
Big hits:
Jeter Downs 9th inning three-run homer

What went wrong: They didn’t score until the 9th inning, and then didn’t score enough.
Unsung heroes: Ryan Fitzgerald 2-3, double.

Railriders 3, WooSox 2
LP: Zack Kelly (4-2)
Big hits:
Johan Mieses 5th inning sacrifice fly

Ronaldo Hernández 8th inning RBI single

What went wrong: No Ort to save the game.

WooSox 8, Railriders 3
WP: Andrew Politi (2-0)
Big hits:
Ryan Fitzgerald 1st inning three-run homer

Connor Wong 2nd inning solo home run

Ronaldo Hernández 9th inning two-run single

Unsung heroes: Josh Taylor, Caleb Simpson, Chase Shugart, and Frank German all 1IP scoreless relief with one strikeout each.

210Sports’ WooSox of the week
Batter: Jeter Downs 7-15 with a double, three home runs, four runs, five RBI, and three stolen bases in four games.
Pitcher: Brian Keller 5IP, 7K, 5H, 1R

Last week’s transactions
*Monday, July 4: Boston recalled Kutter Crawford from Worcester and optioned Connor Seabold to Worcester. Worcester activated Darwinzon Hernandez from the 7-day injured list.
*Wednesday, July 6: Boston recalled Brayan Bello from Worcester and transferred the rehab assignments of Chris Sale and Josh Taylor from Portland to Worcester.
*Thursday, July 7: Boston selected Michael Feliz from Worcester.
*Friday, July 8: Boston recalled Connor Seabold from Worcester, and placed Kiké Hernandez and Garrett Whitlock in Worcester on rehab assignments. Worcester added Jake Thompson from Portland.
*Saturday, July 9: Boston recalled Jeter Downs and Phillips Valdez from Worcester and selected Kaleb Ort from Worcester.

This week’s schedule
At Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles)
Monday: off
Tuesday: 6:30pm
Wednesday: 6:30pm
Thursday: 6:30pm
Friday: 7pm
Saturday: 6:30pm
Sunday: 4pm
Schedule subject to change

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