MOOSIC, PA -The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Vejigantes (75-62) were defeated by the Worcester Red Sox 5-3 on Thursday evening in the final Copa de la Diversión game at PNC Field this season. Major League rehabber Luis Severino allowed two runs over 4.1 innings with six strikeouts.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre got the scoring started in the first. Ryan LaMarre plated Chris Owings with a single to left to make it 1-0 early. The Vejigantes had a chance for more, but made two outs on the bases. SWB then extended the lead with a Chad Bell RBI double in the second.
Meanwhile, Severino was strong on the mound in the third appearance of his Minor League rehab assignment, allowing a pair of runs over 4.1 frames. Severino has pitched in one game each for Low-A Tampa, Double-A Somerset and now Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as he works back from a lat issue that landed him on the Injured List on July 13.
The Red Sox tied the game with a pair of tallies in the fourth. Nick Sogard singled the first run in and Pedro Castellanos scored to tie the game following a throwing error on the same play.
Worcester then jumped ahead with a three-spot in the seventh. Duran doubled home a pair with one away and advanced to third on the second Vejigantes’ error of the contest. Two batters later, Duran stole home with two away to put Worcester ahead 5-3.
The Vejigantes scratched a run across in the eighth after Michael Beltre led off the frame with a double and was brought home via ground out. However, SWB couldn’t complete the rally and fell by a 5-3 final.
Victor Santos (2-4) earned the win with six innings of two-run ball for Worcester. A.J. Politi (2) logged his second save. Deivi García (2-4) dropped the decision out of Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s bullpen.
The two teams continue their six-game series Friday evening with first pitch at 6:35 PM. Jhony Brito (6-2, 3.18) starts for the RailRiders. It’s First Responder Friday, presented NEPA Crane & Hauling and 98.5 KRZ. Tickets and details are available at swbrailriders.com.
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