Wings Top Chiefs 6-4
The Rochester Red Wings hung on to beat the Syracuse Chiefs 6-4 Wednesday night at Frontier Field. The teams meet in an 11:05 a.m. game Thursday morning, with Twins pitcher and former Wing Trevor May scheduled to make a rehab start for the Red Wings.
The Red Wings wasted no time giving starting pitcher Dietrich Enns a comfortable cushion as they pushed across five runs in the bottom half of the first inning.
Zack Granite led off the bottom half of the first with a walk issued by Syracuse starter Tommy Milone. After a Ryan LaMarre single put a pair of runners on with no outs, Jake Cave pounded a ball into the right field corner for a triple, allowing both Granite and LaMarre to score on the play to give Rochester an early 2-0 lead. After Jermaine Curtis and Wynston Sawyer both walked to load the bases, Nick Buss doubled into the right field corner allowing for both Cave and Curtis to score, increasing the Wings lead to 4-0.
Milone was relieved after just a third of an inning. Milone allowed five runs on three hits and three walks. He threw 40 pitches, 21 were for strikes.
The big inning was capped off with a sacrifice fly from Leonardo Reginatto, scoring Sawyer for a 5-0 lead.
Syracuse struck back in the second after an infield error and single put a pair on with one out. An attempted double steal worked out in Syracuse's favor after Curtis dropped the ball on the throw to third, allowing for both runners to advance on the play. An eventual sacrifice fly from Tuffy Gosewisch pushed across a run, cutting the Rochester lead to 5-1.
In the fifth, Syracuse made it a 5-2 game after Rafael Bautista blasted a home run over the centerfield fence.
DJ Baxendale came on in relief of Enns to begin the sixth inning. Enns went 5.0 innings allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits while walking two and striking out four. He threw 80 pitches, 50 were for strikes.
Baxendale allowed a home run to Jacob Wilson to open the fifth inning, cutting the Wings' lead to 5-3. After Baxendale issued a walk to Irving Falu, a passed ball and two wild pitches allowed Falu to score, leaving Rochester with a 5-4 lead.
Baxendale's night was finished after throwing the sixth inning. He went 1.0 innings allowing two runs on two hits while walking one and striking out two.
Luke Bard relieved Baxendale and worked 2.0 innings, allowing a hit and two walks.
Pinch-hitter Willians Astudillo's one-out single in the eighth gave the Wings an insurance run and a 6-4 lead. The hit was the Wings' first since the second inning.
Nick Anderson pitched the ninth, getting a strikeout and two nice defensive plays from Cave and Taylor Featherston. Anderson recorded his first Triple-A save.
Express Mart Thruway Cup Series: The Red Wings are now 5-5 in the season-long competition for the Thruway Cup.
NOTES: Jake Cave extended his hit streak to five games with a pair of extra base hits... 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
2005 - The Rochester Red Wings stole the victory from the Scranton Wilkes/Barre Red Barons in a Monday matinee at Frontier Field, 7-6. Luis Rodriguez slapped the game-winning single over a drawn-in infield in the bottom of the ninth, driving in Jason Tyner from third. Todd Dunwoody had a pinch-hit sacrifice fly, scoring Brent Abernathy to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth off of Barons reliever Martire Franco (2-1). Garrett Jones extended his hitting streak to a Red Wings season high 12 games with a single in the fourth...The three home runs hit by the Red Wings tied their season high as they also hit three against Pawtucket on April 27...Abernathy extended his hitting streak to seven games.
THIS DAY IN INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE HISTORY
2005 - Chad Gaudin of Syracuse enters of the 9th inning of his start against Columbus hoping to become the fifth pitcher in League history to record a 9-inning perfect game. The visiting Clippers spoil the moment for Gaudin and the crowd at Alliance Bank Stadium, as Ryan Hankins lines a base hit into left field to lead off the 9th. Gaudin promptly retires the next three hitters to complete the onehit shutout and give Syracuse a 3-0 victory.
BORN ON THIS DAY
1919 - Liberace (American Entertainer), 1928- Billy Martin (Former American Baseball Player & Manager), 1966- Thurman Thomas (Former NFL Running Back)
IT HAPPENED THIS DAY
1954 - Ted Williams returns to action after breaking his collarbone in spring training and goes 8-for-9 with two home runs and seven RBI in a doubleheader against the Tigers. Williams has three hits in game one, a 7-6 loss. He goes five-for-five in the nightcap, including two home runs, but Boston loses 9-8 in 14 innings.
1979 - N.L. owners approve the sale of the Astros from the Ford Motor Credit Company to John J. McMullen for a reported $19 million.
NUMBER ONE SONG ON THIS DAY
1965- Beetles - "Ticket To Ride", 1990- Madonna - "Vogue", 2003- Sean Paul- "Get Busy"
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