Rochester Red Wings

Hill Homers, Wings Fall in Indy 19-1

September 19, 2023 - International League (IL)
Rochester Red Wings News Release

The Rochester Red Wings dropped their series-opening game in Indianapolis Tuesday night by a score of 19-1 after CF Derek Hill went deep for his 11th homer of the season, and picked up two of the Wings' three hits.

The Red Wings jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first inning. CF Derek Hill drilled a solo home run into left field that traveled 357 feet to give the Wings a 1-0 lead two batters into the game. Indianapolis responded right back in the bottom of the first inning. 2B Nick Gonzales launched a solo homer of his own, his 13th home run of the season to tie the game at one.

The Indians took the lead in the bottom of the third inning, kicked off by a single from CF Chris Owens. Two batters later, LF Canaan Smith-Njigba hit a two-run home run over the center field wall, his 14th of the season, to give the Indians a 3-1 lead.

The Indians scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. SS Vinny Capra and 3B Domingo Lyba singled to put runners on first and second. C Grant Koch worked a walk to load the bases, and Nick Gonzales brought home Capra on a walk to make it a 4-1 game. The next batter, Canaan Smith-Njigba cleared the bases with a double to extend the Indians lead to 7-1. DH Ryan Vilade singled and drove in Smith-Njigba to make it 8-1 heading to the fifth.

The Indians brought 12 men to the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning. Owens singled to leadoff the inning and moved to third on a double by Gonzales. The next batter, Smith-Njigba singled to center field, his third hit of the game, and brought home Owens, his fifth RBI of the game, to make it a 9-1 game. Vilade drove in Gonzales on a fielder's choice to give the Indians a 10-1 lead.

Later in the inning, Capra hit a two-run single to left field, bringing in Vilade and 1B Matt Gorski to extend the lead to 12-1. Two batters later, Koch singled to right field and drove in RF Joe Perez to make it a 13-1 game. Gonzales brought home three runs on a triple to right field to give Indianapolis a 16-1 lead.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, Domingo Leyba drove in Vilade on a sacrifice fly to make it a 17-1 game.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, after a walk and two singles loaded the bases, Vilade hit an RBI single to right field, driving in 1B Aaron Shackelford to make it an 18-1 game. The next batter, Gorski brought in Gonzales on a sacrifice fly to give the Indians a 19-1 lead. Indians 2B Nick Gonzales completed the cycle and drove in five runs in the game.

LHP Mitchell Parker got the start for the Wings Tuesday night, tossing 3.1 innings, allowing seven earned on seven hits while walking three and striking out seven. RHP Odalvi Javier came on in relief and tossed 2.0 innings, allowing seven runs (three earned) on seven hits while striking out two. RHP Tyler Schoff went one inning in what was his Triple-A debut, allowing three earned runs while walking two. Schoff was the 79th player to don a Red Wings jersey this season. Infielder Jack Dunn went 1.2 innings allowing two earned runs on three hits while walking two in his second pitching performance of the season.

19 runs is the most a Rochester team has allowed on the road since at least 2005.

Tuesday night's Diamond Pro Player of the Game goes to CF Derek Hill. The Detroit native accounted for two-thirds of Rochester's hits, going 2-for-3 with his 11th home run of the season, while adding a walk to his line. He has now hit safely in 12 of his 13 games played in September, carrying a batting average of .294 (15-for-51) since 9/1.

Rochester looks to bounce back Wednesday afternoon and pick up a win in their final weekday matinee of the season. RHP Tommy Romero is on the bump for the Wings making his 10th start of the year. First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. Rochester is in search of their first series win in Indianapolis since 2005.

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