Rochester Red Wings Game Notes - Tuesday, July 3 at Pawtucket (Red Sox)July 3, 2012 - International League (IL) Rochester Red Wings
GAME #85 - ROAD GAME #45 - 6:15 P.M.
ROCHESTER RED WINGS (38-46) at PAWTUCKET RED SOX (48-38)
RHP STEVEN HIRSCHFELD (1-2, 6.38) vs. RHP BRANDON DUCKWORTH (7-1, 3.39)
YOU ARE THE WIND BENEATH MY WINGS: The Rochester Red Wings tonight wrap up their 2-game series and roadtrip at Pawtucket (Red Sox) and will hop on their Covered Wagon busses for an over-night ride back to Rochester. The Red Wings tomorrow start a 6-game homestand with the first of 3 against Pawtucket. Then it's 3 against Lehigh Valley (Phillies) at Frontier Field Saturday-Sunday in the final series before the All-Star Break.
a The Red Wings and IronPigs play a doubleheader Sunday, the last day of action before the All-Star Break. Gametime is 12:05 p.m. The doubleheader is due to an April 21 rainout at Frontier Field.
a Time Warner Cable Sports will broadcast live tomorrow's and Thursday's games. Thursday's contest will be simulcast on New England Sports Network (NESN) throughout New England.
TIMES ARE TOUGH: The Red Wings have lost 4 of their last 5, 5 of their last 7, and 6 of their last 9. Rochester is 9-13 since a season-best 4-game winning streak June 6-9. The Wings haven't won more than 2 games in a row since that 4-game streak, which tied a season high from May 3-5. Rochester is 24-23 beginning May 15, however, after opening the season 14-23.
a Each of the Red Wings' last 4 games have been decided by 2 runs or less. The club is 1-3 in those contests. Rochester is 23-24 in games decided by 2 runs or less overall.
a With yesterday's 2-1 loss at Pawtucket, the Red Wings fell to 11-11 in one-run games, including a 2-5 mark away from Frontier Field.
ROAD WOES: The Red Wings are an International League-worst 11-25 on the road, a record that doesn't include a 4-4 mark at Frontier Field as the "road" team against Empire State. Rochester has won just 2 road series, sweeping a 2-game series at Syracuse (Nationals) to open the season and taking 3 of 4 at Louisville (Reds) June 14-17. The Wings are 2-7-1 in 10 road series overall.
a The Red Wings are averaging nearly a half run per game less on the road. Their ERA away from Frontier Field is also nearly 2 runs more. A breakdown of games at Frontier Field and on the road:
Frontier Field Road
Games 48 36
Record 27-21 11-25
Runs 175 114
Runs Per Game 3.2
Batting average .257 (398-for-1548) .235 (285-for-1213)
Home Runs A0 18
ERA 3.16 (148 ER/421.0 IP) 5.13 (172 ER/302.0 IP)
LONG DIVISION: Rochester is only 16-28 against IL North Division teams, while going 22-18 outside the division. The Red Wings have won just 3 series against IL North clubs and all are 2-game sweeps at Syracuse (Nationals) April 5-6, vs. Lehigh Valley April 20-22, and vs. Buffalo (Mets) May 5.
a The Red Wings are in the midst of playing their final 14 games leading into the All-Star Break against North Division rivals. They are 2-5 thus far during the stretch.
PEDRO VOTED FOR: Shortstop Pedro Florimon on Wednesday was selected to the International League All-Star team, which will host the Pacific Coast League All-Stars July 11 at Buffalo's Coca-Cola Field. Florimon is the lone Red Wings' representative and he will back up starter Pedro Ciriaco of Pawtucket. The Twins claimed Florimon off waivers from the Orioles December 5, 2011.
IN NEED OF A PICK-ME-UP: Red Wings' starting pitchers are winless in the last 7 games, going 0-3 with a 3.94 ERA (14 ER/32.0 IP) in that time. The most-recent win by a starter came June 25, when Cole De Vries defeated Charlotte (White Sox) at Frontier Field.
a Red Wings' starters are just 4-10 with a 5.86 ERA (64 ER/98.1 IP) in 22 games beginning June 10, the day after Liam Hendriks's last start with the club before getting recalled to Minnesota. Rochester starters are 21-27 with a 4.10 ERA (190 ER/417.0 IP) overall.
a The Red Wings entered play June 10 at Indianapolis ranked 3rd in the IL with a 3.45 ERA. In 22 games beginning June 10, the Red Wings have posted a 5.43 ERA (116 ER/192.1 IP). They now rank 8th in the league with a 3.98 ERA. Rochester is 9-13 in this stretch.
THE 'PEN IS MIGHTIER: The Red Wings' bullpen has worked 9.0 consecutive scoreless innings. Rochester relievers last gave up a run in the 6th inning Saturday vs. Empire State (Yankees). During the 9.0-inning streak, 15 of the 27 outs recorded have been strikeouts (56 percent), including 3 by Casey Fien last night at Pawtucket in the 8th inning.
a Four of the 7 pitchers currently pitching out of the bullpen started the season with Double-A New Britain: Deolis Guerra, Bobby Lanigan, Luis Perdomo, and Caleb Thielbar. Lester Oliveros also started the year at New Britain, and he is on the 7-Day Disabled List with a sprained right UCL.
THE REAL MCCOY: The Red Wings have lost 3 games in a row at McCoy Stadium, but that is not the club's longest losing streak at a road venue. That distinction goes to Buffalo's (Mets) Coca-Cola Field, where the Wings have lost 9 straight games. Rochester hasn't won there since the 2nd game of an April 19, 2011 doubleheader, a 2-0 triumph in 7 innings. The Red Wings won't get another crack at ending that streak until a 4-game series August 26-28.
0 Opponent Time Probable Starters TV/Radio
Wednesday, July 4 vs. Pawtucket 7:05 p.m. RHP Doug Mathis (5-6, 3.87) vs. LHP Luke French (1-3, A0 TWCS/WHTK 1280 AM
Thursday, July 5 vs. Pawtucket 6:05 p.m. RHP Justin Germano (9-4, 2.40) vs. TWCS/WHTK 1280 AM
Friday, July 6 vs. Pawtucket 7:05 p.m. RHP Billy Buckner (1-2, 7.36) vs. WHTK 1280 AM
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