Rochester Red Wings Game Notes - Saturday, June 16 at Louisville (Reds)June 16, 2012 - International League (IL) Rochester Red Wings
GAME #68 - ROAD GAME #38 - 6:05 P.M.
ROCHESTER RED WINGS (31-36) at LOUISVILLE BATS (21-48)
LHP MATT MALONEY (0-2, 5.79) vs. RHP TIM GUSTAFSON (1-1, 6.00)
PAYING LOUISVILLE A VISIT: The Rochester Red Wings tonight play the 3rd game of their 4-game series at Louisville (Reds), continuing their 8-game roadtrip that started by losing 3 of 4 at Indianapolis and winning the first 2 games of this series 8-6 and 4-1. Following 2 more with the Bats, the Wings return home Monday for an 8-game stay with 4-game series vs. Durham (Rays) and Charlotte (White Sox).
a Buffalo Bills Nick Barnett and Brian Moorman will sign autographs prior to Monday's game at Frontier Field from 6:00-6:50 p.m.
a Including the final 2 games of their last homestand, the Red Wings have played 7 straight games in front of crowds of at least 6,800, including a season-high 14,316 at Indianapolis to open the roadtrip last Saturday.
ROSTER NEWS: Following last night's game, the Minnesota Twins optioned right-handed pitcher Lester Oliveros to Triple-A Rochester. The move was made to accommodate right-handed pitcher Liam Hendriks, who was recalled today to make the start against Milwaukee at Target Field.
a Hendriks is the 11th player, the 6th pitcher, to be promoted to the Twins from Rochester.
a Oliveros made one appearance during his stint with the Twins, allowing one run in 1.2 innings Thursday vs. Philadelphia. He had been recalled to Minnesota on Wednesday.
BETTER BASEBALL: The Red Wings yesterday improved to 31-36, a 4-game improvement from this point last year (27-40) and a 3-game improvement from 2010 (28-39).
a The Red Wings are 17-13 in their last 30 games beginning May 15 and are 22-20 beginning May 3. Rochester is tied for the 5th-best record in the International League beginning May 15:
Rank Team Record Winning %
1. Charlotte 20-9 .690
2. Empire State 20-12 .625
3. Pawtucket 18-11 .621
4. Lehigh Valley 16-12 .571
T5. Rochester 17-13 .567
Indianapolis 17-13 .567
a The Red Wings are 9-5 in June and only Charlotte in the IL has more wins in the month with 10. Empire State (Yankees) and Pawtucket (Red Sox), though, both have 9 wins as well.
a The Red Wings are looking for their first winning record in a calendar month since August 2009, when they went 17-15.
a Rochester yesterday improved to 13-10 against clubs with a current losing record. It is 18-26 against teams with a current winning record.
PLAYING IT CLOSE: Of the Red Wings' 67 games, 53 have been decided by 3 runs or less (79 percent). That total includes a 9-9 record in one-run games, a 10-12 mark in 2-run games, and a 9-4 mark in 3-run games. Beginning June 6, Rochester has won 6 of its last 7 games that have been decided by 3 runs or less. The Wings did suffer 8-1 and 16-0 defeats in that overall 9-game span.
UNCHARTERED WATERS: The Red Wings are 5-1 thus far in their 8-game season series with Louisville. A win tonight or tomorrow would give the Red Wings their best record in a season series against a team outside of the IL North Division since 2006, when they went 6-2 against Columbus, Durham, Norfolk, and Richmond.
a The Red Wings' 5 wins against Louisville are their most against any opponent in 2012.
a The Red Wings recorded 7 victories against Syracuse in 2011, their most against any opponent that year.
A LOOK AT JUNE: At the midway point of the month, here are some team offensive leaders in June:
Category Player Total
Average Matt Carson .294 (10-for-34)
Doubles Danny Valencia 4
Home Runs Wilkin Ramirez 3
RBI Wilkin Ramirez 8
Runs Wilkin Ramirez 7
Walks Sean Burroughs 7
a No Red Wings player has registered more than 3 home runs in a calendar month this year.
CALLING ALL STARS: Voting for the 2012 Triple-A All-Star Game is underway. The game, featuring the IL 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 "Fan Zone" tab through June 22.
THIS DATE IN BASEBALL HISTORY: I n 1997, t he Twi ns lose their first game to a National League team in the Metrodome as the Pirates win=82 8-6. The Twins swept 8 home games from St. Louis (1987) and Atlanta (1991) in their 2 World Series championships.
0 Opponent Time Probable A0 TV/Radio
Sunday, June 17 at Louisville 6:05 p.m. RHP Samuel Deduno (0-1, 3.15) vs. RHP Pedro Villarreal (2-3, A0 WHTK 1280 AM
Monday, June 18 vs. Durham 7:05 p.m. TBD vs. RHP Jim Paduch (2-5, A0 WHTK 1280 AM
Tuesday, June 19 vs. Durham 7:05 p.m. LHP Luke French (1-1, 4.57) vs. RHP Chris Archer (4-8, A0 WHTK 1280 AM
Wednesday, June 20 vs. Durham 7:05 p.m. RHP Cole DeVries (2-5, 4.53) vs. RHP Shane Dyer (1-3, A0 WHTK 1280 AM
Thursday, June 21 vs. Durham 1:05 p.m. LHP Matt Maloney vs. RHP Matt A0 WYSL 1040 AM, FM 92.1
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