Chiefs Top Plates 4-2
The Rochester Plates lost 4-2 to the Syracuse Chiefs Thursday afternoon at Frontier Field. The Pawtucket Red Sox come to town Friday night for a 7:05 p.m. game; 1975 Red Sox World Series hero Bernie Carbo will sign autographs before the game, and Boston All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia is expected to play as part of a rehab assignment.
In the top of the first, the Chiefs got an RBI double by Matt Hague for an early 1-0 lead. That was the only initial damage Plates starter Trevor May allowed, as he struck out the next two batters to leave Hague in scoring position.
In his first at bat, Jake Cave extended his hitting streak to six games with a single in the bottom of the first inning off of Chiefs starter Phillips Valdez.
In his second rehab appearance of the season and first with the Plates, May pitched four strong innings, allowing three hits, one run, and striking out five. Through 60 pitches, May tossed 41 for strikes. In relief, the Plates called upon right-hander Zack Littell.
After five innings, the Plates were unable to put any pressure on Valdez. He managed to retire fourteen of seventeen total batters faced, allowing only two hits.
In the top of the seventh inning, the Chiefs added a run on a double by Hunter Jones to go up 2-0. Later in the inning, Syracuse went up 3-0 after Jones scored on an RBI single by Rafael Bautista.
The game was halted in the bottom of the seventh inning in a scary moment, when Chiefs outfielders Jones and Bautista collided trying to catch a ball hit by Brock Stassi. Bautista was taken off the field by ambulance with a possible leg fracture. Jones was able to stay in the game. Stassi was credited with a double, giving the Plates runners at second and third with none out. When play resumed, Willians Astudillo laced a double to right-center to bring the Plates within a run at 3-2.
Littell worked 4.0 innings in relief of May, allowing five hits, two earned runs and a walk. Littell struck out three batters. Jake Reed pitched the ninth inning, allowing one run due to an RBI single by Yadiel Hernandez.
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Winning pitcher: Valdez (1-0)
Losing pitcher: May (0-1)
Save: Miller (1)
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NOTES: Media reports indicate that Red Sox star Dustin Pedroia is expected to be with Pawtucket this weekend at Frontier Field, part of Pedroia's rehab assignment from Boston...Twins GM Thad Levine and former Wings manager Mike Quade are in town for the Chiefs series.
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THIS DAY IN RED WINGS HISTORY
1980- On May 17, 1980, Red Wings center fielder Dallas Williams hit his second walk off against Charleston of the season, hitting a two run shot in the bottom of the seventh, helping Rochester sweep a double header. The sweep gave Rochester a 5-0 record against Charleston on the season.
THIS DAY IN INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE HISTORY
1973 - Otoniel "Otto" Velez drives in 8 runs for the Syracuse Chiefs to establish the franchise's modern record for RBI in a single game. Velez crushes three home runs in the 14-5 victory over Rochester, including his third grand slam of the season. The 22-year-old Velez was well on his way to an outstanding campaign for the Chiefs in 1973, his first season at the Triple-A level. Otto was named the International League Rookie of the Year, hitting .269 with 29 homers and 98 RBI. He went on to play eleven years in the Major Leagues with the Yankees, Blue Jays, and Indians.
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IT HAPPENED THIS DAY
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1998 - David Wells pitches the 13th perfect game in modern major league history as the Yankees beat the Twins 4-0. Wells, whose perfecto is the first by a Yankee since Don Larsen in the 1956 World Series, also sets an A.L. record by retiring 37 batters in a row, dating back to his start May 12 against the Royals. Twins shortstop Pat Meares flies out to Paul O'Neill in right field to complete the perfect afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
NUMBER ONE SONG ON THIS DAY
1973- Stevie Wonder - "You Are the Sunshine of My Life", 1997- Notorious B.I.G. - "Hypnotize", 2007- Maroon 5 - "Makes Me Wonder"
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