Rochester Red Wings Game Notes - Tuesday, May 29 at Charlotte (White Sox)May 29, 2012 - International League (IL) Rochester Red Wings
GAME #51 - ROAD GAME #29 - 7:15 P.M.
ROCHESTER RED WINGS (20-30) at CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS (29-23)
RHP NICK BLACKBURN (NR) vs. RHP DYLAN AXELROD (4-1, 1.20)
THE RUMOR MILL SAYS...: The Rochester Red Wings tonight play the 2nd game of their 4-game series at Charlotte, making their lone regular-season visit to the home of the Chicago White Sox's top farm club. The trip started by losing 3 of 4 at Gwinnett (Braves) and falling in yesterday's patriotic Memorial Day series opener 4-1. The Red Wings return home on Friday for an 8-game homestand that includes a pair of 4-game series with Columbus (Indians) and Norfolk (Orioles).
BASEBALL MONTH IN ROCHESTER: The Red Wings and Monroe County have proclaimed May as "Baseball Month in Rochester." Frontier Field is hosting games on 26 of the 31 days in the month, as the Empire State Yankees share the downtown ballpark with the Red Wings. Today in Rochester for the Toledo Mud Hens-Empire State Yankees game:
a Hosted not-for-profit organization in suite: Compeer Rochester, which serves as a bridge to enhanced wellness and community integration for those with social and emotional barriers
a Spikes appearance: Apollo Middle School (Greece, NY)
a Raffle items: Brett Gardner autographed baseball, Bobby Grich autographed photo, Don Baylor autographed photo, Joe Benson autographed baseball, Manny Banuelos autographed baseball
a Money raised from yesterday's raffle: $358...month-to-date total: $7,757...all money goes to the organizations being hosted in the suite
ON THE BLACKBURNER: Twins righthander Nick Blackburn today makes a rehabilitation start for the Red Wings at Charlotte. The 30-year-old was placed on the 15-Day Disabled List May 17 with a strained left quadriceps. He went 1-4 with an 8.37 ERA in 7 starts with the Twins before the injury.
a Blackburn is the 12th different starting pitcher used by the Red Wings. Only Norfolk (Orioles) has used more in the IL with 13, but Indianapolis (Pirates) has also used 12. Lehigh Valley (Phillies) has used the fewest starters in the league with 6.
a Blackburn pitched for the Wings for parts of 3 seasons in 2005, 2007, and 2010.
CALLING ALL STARS: Online voting for the 2012 Triple-A All-Star Game is underway. The game, featuring the International League and the Pacific Coast League, will be played July 11 at Buffalo's Coca-Cola Field. Fans can vote by visiting RedWingsBaseball.com and clicking on the "Triple-A All-Star Game voting underway" link under "Headlines" on the home page.
a Leading Red Wings candidates include Anthony Slama, owner of 8 saves, a 0.42 ERA, and a 16.0 consecutive scoreless innings streak; and Matt Carson, who leads Rochester with a .294 average, 47 hits, 16 extra-base hits, 13 doubles, 12 RBI, 67 total bases, and 21 runs scored.
ON A SLIDE: The Red Wings have lost 4 in a row, 5 of their last 6, and 6 of their last 8. They are a season-worst 10 games under .500, their largest hole since finishing the 2011 season 38 games below the break-even mark at 53-91.
a Rochester is 20-30 through 50 games for the 2nd year in a row. The 2011 club won its 51st game, a 10-9 triumph vs. Toledo that came after giving up 7 runs in the first inning.
a The Red Wings are enduring a losing streak of 4 games or more for the 4th time, including a season-worst 8-game skid April 25-May 2.
ROAD WOES: Since sweeping a 2-game series at Syracuse to open the season, the Red Wings have won just 2 games away from Frontier Field in 18 tries. Both victories in the last 18 true road games have come with Liam Hendriks as the starting pitcher. He is scheduled to pitch tomorrow at Charlotte.
a Rochester is 4-16 away from Frontier Field and 8-20 as the road team overall.
a The Red Wings pitching staff has a 4.92 ERA (90 ER/164.2 IP) in 20 games away Frontier Field and a 2.93 ERA (85 ER/261.0 IP) in 30 contests along Morrie Silver Way.
TOUGH TO COME BY: The Red Wings rank last in the IL with 155 runs scored, 23 behind the next closest team Lehigh Valley (Phillies) with 178. They are 104 runs behind IL leader Pawtucket (Red Sox) with 259. The Wings have scored more than 5 runs on just 5 occasions, including Opening Day at Syracuse (W, 7-4), May 10 at Pawtucket (L, 6-7), May 19 vs. Gwinnett (W, 6-4), May 21 vs. Gwinnett (W, 10-1), and Friday at Gwinnett (L, 8-13).
a The Wings have scored just 3 runs in their last 3 games. They went a season-high 19 consecutive innings without scoring from the 8th inning Saturday at Gwinnett to the 8th inning yesterday at Charlotte.
a Rochester has a run differential of -42, which is the 4th lowest in the league. Durham (-65), Louisville (-60), and Indianapolis (-58) all have lower run differentials.
a Rochester also ranks last in the IL with 20 home runs, 4 behind the next closest team Indianapolis. Toledo's Brad Eldred has 20 himself to lead the league.
EXTRA! EXTRA!: The Red Wings have recorded at least one extra-base hit in 24 consecutive games, their longest such streak in one season since the final 27 games of the 2010 campaign. That streak began with the 2nd game of an August 10 doubleheader vs. Gwinnett. Do note, the Wings logged at least one extra-base hit in their first 4 games of 2011 to extend the run to 31 games.
a The Red Wings have recorded 100 extra-base hits this season, including 68 doubles and 12 triples.
MISSING MISCUES: The Red Wings have gone a season-high 3 straight games without committing an error for the 3rd time, matching their efforts from April 26-27 and May 7-9.
0 Opponent Time Probable A0 TV/Radio
Wednesday, May 30 at Charlotte 7:15 p.m. RHP Liam Hendriks (3-0, 1.40) vs. RHP Charlie Shirek (5-3, A0 WHTK 1280 AM
Thursday, May 31 at Charlotte 7:15 p.m. LHP Matt Maloney (0-0, 6.43) vs. RHP Matt Zaleski (1-2, A0 WHTK 1280 AM
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