Rochester Red Wings Game Notes - Monday, August 6 vs. Empire State (Yankees)August 6, 2012 - International League (IL) Rochester Red Wings
GAME #116 - HOME GAME #55 - 7:05 P.M.
EMPIRE STATE YANKEES (62-52) at ROCHESTER RED WINGS (59-56)
LHP JUSTIN THOMAS (1-1, 3.32) vs. LHP PEDRO HERNANDEZ (1-0, 3.71)
FLYING HIGH: The Rochester Red Wings tonight begin a 6-game homestand with the first game of a 4-game series against Empire State (Yankees). Following 4 with the Yankees, the Red Wings will welcome Pawtucket (Red Sox) to town for a brief 2-game set Friday-Saturday before hitting the road for a 2-game trip to Lehigh Valley (Phillies).
a The Red Wings are just 3.5 games out of the IL Wild Card spot and 4.5 games out of the North Division lead.
a The Red Wings tonight begin a stretch of playing 18 of their final 29 games at home.
a All but 4 of Rochester's final 29 games are against International League North Division clubs. The lone exception is a 4-game series vs. Indianapolis (Pirates) August 14-17.
PERSONNEL NEWS: Lefthander Pedro Hernandez, who was acquired by the Twins in the Francisco Liriano trade July 28, is making his Red Wings' debut tonight vs. Empire State. He is the 18th different starter used by Rochester is 2012, matching its total from all of last year.
a Righthander David Bromberg today was transferred from Double-A New Britain for his 2nd stint with the Red Wings. He made 2 starts in his first stint, going 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA (5 ER/8.1 IP).
a The Twins yesterday recalled infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka from Rochester. The switch-hitter had been with the Red Wings all season, batting .245 with a homer and 24 RBI in 84 games.
THIS IS FUN: The Red Wings have won a season-high 7 games in a row and are a season-best 3 games above .500 for the 2nd time, the first since being 5-2 after a 2-1 victory vs. Pawtucket on April 11. A victory tonight would make the Red Wings 4 games above .500 for the first time since May 14, 2009, when they were 18-14 following a 5-4 win vs. Indianapolis.
a The Red Wings' 7-game winning streak is their longest since a 7-game tear June 19-23, 2007. That streak included a pair of doubleheader sweeps June 22 and 23 against Charlotte at Knights Stadium. A victory tonight would give the Red Wings their longest winning streak since an 8-game run June 1-8, 2006.
a The 7-game winning streak is the longest active winning streak in the league.
CREAM OF THE CROP: The Red Wings are a league-best 22-11 beginning July 1. A look at the best records in the IL since the start of July:
Rank Team Record
2. Columbus (Indians) 20-13
3. Indianapolis 20-14
T4. Charlotte (White Sox) 17-15
Norfolk (Orioles) 17-15
a The Red Wings are 39-26 since sitting a season-worst 10 games below .500 at 20-30 on May 28. Going back further, Rochester is 45-33 beginning May 15 and 50-40 beginning May 3.
WINNING WAYS: At 59-56, the Red Wings are off to their best 115-game start since 2007, when they were 62-53. The 2011 club was 25 games under .500 at 45-70 at this point last season and finished 53-91. The 2010 team was 33 games below .500 at 41-74 at this juncture and went on to finish only 49-95.
THAT JUST HAPPENED: The Red Wings are coming off a 7-1 roadtrip, taking 3 of 4 at Columbus before sweeping a 4-game series at Toledo (Tigers). The 7 wins are Rochester's most on one roadtrip since going 7-4 May 20-30, 2006 at Ottawa (3-0), Columbus (2-2), and Toledo (2-2).
a The Red Wings are just 23-30 in true road games overall, but they have won 7 straight, 11 of their last 15, and 12 of their last 17 away from Frontier Field.
a The Red Wings' 7-game road winning streak is their longest since a 7-game tear July 16-29, 2000.
a The Red Wings swept their season series against Toledo 8-0.
HOME, HOME ON THE RANGE: The Red Wings tonight return to Frontier Field, where they are 36-26, a record that includes a 4-4 mark as the "road" team against Empire State. With 36 victories, the Wings have already eclipsed their win total at the downtown ballpark from last year. The 2011 Red Wings went 32-41 in 73 games, including one as the "road" team against Charlotte.
a The 36 home wins are Rochester's most since 2009, when they went 36-36 along Morrie Silver Way. The Red Wings' next win at home would give them their most victories at Frontier in one season since going 46-26 in 2008.
NO ONE LEFT BEHIND: The Red Wings enter tonight's game against lefthander Justin Thomas having won 8 games in a row with an opposing left-handed starter. The Wings last lost a contest with a southpaw on the hill June 30, when they fell 6-4 to Empire State and its lefty starter Mike O'Connor.
HE'S JUST THE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Chris Parmelee today was named International League Player of the Week for the week of July 30-August 5, when he batted .517 (15-for-29) with 3 doubles, 5 homers, and 9 RBI in 6 games.
a The 24-year-old enters tonight's game with a 15-game hitting streak, the longest of his pro career and the longest by a Red Wing since Danny Valencia's 20-gamer April 24-May 16, 2010.
a Parmelee has also recorded an RBI in 10 straight games (16 total), the longest such streak by a Red Wing since at least 2004.
a Parmelee has 12 homers in 40 games with the Red Wings, leading the club despite playing in less than a 3rd of the team's games.
0 Opponent Time Probable A0 TV/Radio
Tuesday, August 7 vs. Empire State 7:05 p.m. RHP Adam Warren (6-7, 3.91) vs. RHP Liam Hendriks (8-2, A0 WHTK 1280 AM
Wed., August 8 vs. Empire State 7:05 p.m. LHP Mike O'Connor (2-6, 3.84) vs. RHP Shairon Martis (2-1, A0 WHTK 1280 AM
Thursday, August 9 vs. Empire State 7:05 p.m. RHP John Maine (5-3, 5.23) vs. RHP P.J. Walters (3-1, A0 TWCS/WHTK 1280 AM
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