Wings Edge Knights 7-6
The Rochester Red Wings outlasted the Charlotte Knights 7-6 Friday evening at Frontier Field, before a crowd of 10,037. The series continues with a 7:05 p.m. game Saturday night; gates open early at 5:30 p.m., with the ZOOperstars! performing and fireworks after the game.
Red Wings starter Kohl Stewart ran into some trouble in the top of the first, giving up back to back singles to start the game. The Knights scored the first run of the evening on a sacrifice fly, making the score 1-0. With runners on second and third, Stewart recorded a strikeout and a pop out to end the inning.
Rochester battled back in the bottom of the first off Charlotte starter Dylan Cease. Luis Arraez started the inning with a double down the left field line. Nick Gordon walked and Willians Astudillo advanced Arraez to third on a flyout to center. Jake Cave ripped an RBI single to right, tying the game 1-1. Five pitches later, Gordon scored on a passed ball to give Rochester a 2-1 lead. Brent Rooker followed with a sacrifice fly to the warning track in right center, extending the Wings lead to 3-1.
After a rough first inning, Stewart settled in on the mound, recording a 1-2-3 inning in the second and third.
In the bottom of the third, Rochester extended their lead on an RBI single by Wilin Rosario, making the score 4-1.
Charlotte cut into Rochester's lead in the top of the fourth on a three-run homer by Seby Zavala, tying the game 4-4.
The Knights gained the lead in the top of the sixth on a single to center, giving Charlotte a 5-4 lead.
Rochester made a call to the bullpen with one out in the inning, bringing in Gabriel Moya. With runners on first and second, Moya shut the door, recording a strikeout and a flyout to end the inning. Stewart gave up seven hits and five earned runs over 5.1 innings. He walked two and struck out four, throwing 98 pitches, 65 for strikes.
Charlotte brought in Matt Foster from the bullpen in the bottom of the sixth. Cease finished with 5.0 innings pitched, giving up seven hits and four earned runs. He walked three and struck out one, throwing 101 pitches, 55 for strikes.
Rochester struck back in the bottom of the sixth. Drew Maggi started the inning with a walk and Arraez recorded a single. Gordon ripped a ball to right that was originally caught by right fielder Jon Jay. The call was overturned to a single, extending Gordon's hit streak to 12 consecutive games.
After the delay, Astudillo hit an RBI single to right, tying the game 5-5. Cave followed Astudillo's single with a sacrifice fly to center, plating Arrzez and giving Rochester a 6-5 lead.
In the top of the eighth, Cody Stashak came into relieve Moya. Moya threw 1.2 innings of no hit ball, recording three strikeouts. Charlotte battled back with a sacrifice fly in the inning, tying the game 6-6.
Rooker's eighth inning single broke the tie, bringing home Astudillo for the lead.
Stashak shut the door in the ninth with two strikeouts and a groundout to earn the victory.
Winning pitcher: Stashak (2-0)
Losing pitcher: Cordero (1-1)
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NOTES: INF Nick Gordon extended on-base streak to 19 games with a walk... Wilians Astudillo extended his hit streak to six games with a single in the third inning.
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THIS DAY IN RED WINGS HISTORY
1933 - In an extra-inning battle in Jersey City, New Jersey, the Red Wings came out on top 13-12 against the Skeeters of Jersey City. George Puccinelli led the way for the Wings with two homeruns and four runs batted in.
1984 - Bullpen falters, Wings fall to Columbus 10-4...Thanks to a six-run outburst over the seventh and eighth innings, the Columbus Clippers were able to coast past Rochester 10-4 at Silver Stadium. Rochester's offense got off to a fast start, putting three runs on the board in the bottom of the second. Providing the power, catcher Luis Rosado smashed a two-run homer, his third of the year, as Rochester sprinted to a 3-1 lead through two innings. That lead would be short-lived, as Columbus pushed across two runs in the third to tie the game, and then struck for six runs in the top of the seventh and eighth innings, and the Wings could never recover. Leo Hernandez had three hits, and Bob Bonner, Larry Sheets, and Victor Rodriguez each chipped in two hits, but it wasn't enough to bail out the Wings. Tony Arnold (2-1) took the loss for Rochester, which has now lost 9 of the previous 10 games against Columbus in 1984. The loss was the third in a row for Rochester, but the worst was still to come, as the Wings would go on to drop 11 straight.
1992 - Strong starting pitching paces Wings to comeback win...Despite being out hit by the home Syracuse SkyChiefs 8-7, Rochester was able to defeat Syracuse 4-3. Wings SP Pat Leinen (3-1) was stellar on the hill, allowing only two runs on six hits through seven innings. Offensively, the Wings used timely hitting from shortstop Ricky Gutierrez, who drove in two on an RBI single, and a mammoth 2-run home run off the bat of catcher Mark Parent to beat Syracuse. The Wings trailed 2-0 going into the top of the fifth, before putting two runs on the board to knot the game at 2-all. Then, in the top of the eighth, Rochester took the lead for good, and relievers Jim Lewis and Jim Poole held back the SkyChiefs bats. OF Scott Meadows enjoyed a three-hit game for Rochester, as the Wings improve to 27-32 with the win.
2005 - Garrett Jones' solo home run in the eighth inning gave the Red Wings a 3-2 win over the Indianapolis Indians, in the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday night. The Indians won the first game 5-3; Jason Tyner had two hits and two RBI in the first game for the Wings.
2006 - Chris Heintz hit a two-out, pinch-hit single to give the Red Wings a 4-3 extra-innings win over the Indianapolis Indians Wednesday night at Frontier Field.
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