April 6, 2013 - International League (IL) - Rochester Red Wings
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Rochester Red Wings (0-2) @ Buffalo Bisons (2-0)
Frontier Field - 1:05 p.m.
RHP Shairon Martis (NR) vs. RHP Claudio Vargas (NR)
TODAY'S GAME: The Red Wings open Frontier Field for the 17th season today as Rochester plays host to the Buffalo Bisons (Blue Jays) at 1:05 p.m. The Bisons swept Rochester in a two-game set at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo to start the year. RHP Shairon Martis, just 26 years old but already in his 10th pro season, gets the ball in the home opener in his 11th career start for Rochester after going 4-3 with a 5.22 ERA for the Wings last season. Martis will face 8-year Major League veteran RHP Claudio Vargas who signed with TOR as a free agent in December.
***The Red Wings will be wearing special West Webster Fire Memorial caps that will be auctioned off during the game with all proceeds benefitting the West Webster Fire Department.
HOME OPENERS: The Red Wings seek revenge from a home opening loss to Buffalo (4-2) at Frontier Field last season... Still, the Wings are 8-3 in their last 11 home debuts dating back to 2002... In fact, the Red Wings 6-0 win over Syracuse in 2002 was Rochester's first home opening win in Frontier Field history (had started 0-5)... All time the Wings are 8-8 in home openers at Frontier Field... Since 1929, Rochester is 47-37 in front of the home crowd on opening day... The Wings are 0-3 against the Bisons in home openers at Frontier Field.
BUTERA HITS THE DL: Red Wings catcher Drew Butera went on the disabled list Friday night after being hit on the left hand by a Ramon Ortiz pitch in the second inning of Friday afternoon's game in Buffalo. Butera left the game as Chris Herrmann took over the catching duties... INF Eric Farris was promoted from Double-A New Britain to fill Butera's roster spot. Farris was signed as a minor league free agent at the end of spring training after being released by Seattle. The 27-year-old, who has played primarily 2nd base in his career, hit .286-7-31 with 35 stolen bases last season with Triple-A Nashville (MIL).
NEED FOR SPEED: Eric Farris, the newest Red Wing, adds a much needed dimension to the Wings order: Speed. Farris stole 35 bases in 48 attempts (73%) last season with Triple-A Nashville. The entire Red Wings lineup Friday featured a combined 36 stolen bases last season. Rochester is 0-for-2 in stolen base attempts thru 2 games this year. The Calif. native in his 7th pro season has swiped 194 career bases including going 70-for-76 (92%) in stolen base attempts in 2009 with Brevard County (A).
WITH YESTERDAY'S LOSS, THE WINGS...
-Started 0-2 for the first time since 2010 (PAW) and just the 3rd time in the last 10 years.
-Have lost 4 straight games to the Bisons dating back to last season and are 12-22 vs. BUF since beginning of '11.
WITH A WIN TODAY, THE WINGS...
-Will avoid starting a season 0-3 for the first time since 1997 -- the last season the Wings won the Governors' Cup
-Will avoid losing 2 straight home openers for the first time since 2000-01 - the tail end of a 1-11 stretch in home openers from 1991-2001.
YOUNG GUN: OF Oswaldo Arcia has made quite the impression in his first two games at the Triple-A level going 3-for-7 with a 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R, BB & HBP. He has also collected 2 OF assists. Arcia, who turns 22 on May 9, became the youngest Red Wings player to start Opening Day since 2000 (Luis Matos) when he went 2-for-4 with a 2B, HR and 3 RBI in his IL debut on April 4 @ Buffalo... He was also the 6th youngest player in the International League to start the 2013 season (CHA's INF Carlos Sanchez, LHV's C Tommy Joseph, NOR's INF Jonathan Schoop, TOL's OF Nick Castellanos & COL's LHP Giovanni Soto).
THAT'S RARE: The home run given up by RHP Anthony Slama to Luis Jimenez in the 8th inning yesterday that broke a 2-2 tie was just the second home run Slama has allowed since June 14, 2011... Last season, the 5th year Red Wings veteran yielded just one home run (8/28 vs. BUF; F. Lewis) in 31 outings and for his pro career Slama has given up just 17 long balls in 262 games (333.0 IP)... Slama started his career by tossing 113.1 consecutive innings without allowing a home run. Entering 2013, Slama's MiLB career ERA sat at 1.99 (72 ER/325.0 IP).