The Red Sox were the first to strike in this match-up of right-handers Brandon Duckworth, and the Wings' Daryl Thompson. with Nate Spears advancing home on an RBI single from Lars Anderson. Pawtucket threatened to strike again in the first inning, when Anderson reached second off a wild pitch, however Thompson was able to fight his way through the inning with a couple of strikeouts.
Rochester's bats were cold early in the game going nine up, nine down against Duckworth.
The Sox were in position to score again in the third, with Iglesias stealing second and reaching third on a fly-out, but Thompson was able to pitch his way out of trouble to get the last out and keep the lead at 1-0.
In the fourth, Lin homered into left field off of a 1-2 pitch from Thompson to make it 2-0 PawSox. The Wings looked primed to score in the bottom of the inning with Tsuyoshi Nishioka stealing second, however centerfielder Che-Hsuan Lin robbed Matt Carson of a hit to end the inning.
Jeff Manship came to pitch in relief in the fifth, and was then able to gain control of the game with a quick top of the inning. In the bottom of the fifth, Rene Rivera homered off a 2-0 pitch from Duckworth to cut the lead in half. The Wings looked poised to score more and possibly take the lead with the bases loaded and two outs, however were unable to capitalize on the opportunity.
Manship continued to maintain control of Pawtucket through the sixth, striking out two and then getting Alex Hassan to ground out with runners on second and third.
Andrew Miller, on rehab assignment from the Boston Red Sox, came into the game in relief for Duckworth in the bottom of the sixth.
Pawtucket picked up another run Manship in the seventh on Ryan Lavarnway's RBI hit with one out. That prompted a pitching move, with Tyler Robertson replacing Manship.
The Wings loaded the bases against Miller in the seventh, and Miller came out of the game with Will Inman taking over to face Joe Benson. Inman needed just three pitches to strike out Benson and end the Wings' shot at getting back into the game.
Pawtucket put the game away in the eighth inning when they scored seven runs, with Spears' two-run single off of Brendan Wise the key hit.
Anthony Slama pitched the ninth inning for Rochester.
NOTES: Brian Dozier singled in the sixth inning, giving him at least one hit in each of his seven games played...Brian Dinkelman and Ray Chang remian out of the lineup with hand injuries....The Empire State Yankees will play the first of 37 "home" games at Frontier Field on Monday, April 16 against the Red Wings...Minor League Baseball President Pat O’Conner is scheduled to attend the Thursday, April 19 Wings vs. Empire State Yankees game at Frontier Field. O'Connor, IL President Randy Mobley and a Rawlings representative will present the Yankees' Brandon Laird with his 2011 Rawlings Gold Glove Award before the game.
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Friday, April 13 vs. Pawtucket 7:05 p.m. RHP Aaron Cook (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Cole DeVries (0-0, 7.36) WYSL 1040 AM, FM 92.1
Future Wing Watch - Beloit Snappers RHP Madison Boer had a strong outing Wednesday afternoon as Beloit defeated Kane County 3-2. Boer struck out 9 in five innings and 1 run. Snappers catcher Matthew Koch also fared well racking up two doubles, two runs, and an RBI.
This Day in Red Wings History:
On April 12, 1994, former Met Sid Fernandez made his first appearance for the Rochester Red Wings. Fernandez allowed two runs and four hits in four innings, helping the Wings to a 7-4 victory over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The win was Rochester's fourth in a row...April 12th, 1984
Through 10 innings, the Rochester Red Wings and Maine Guides had battled to a scoreless tie. However, in extra innings, the Maine offense came to life, as slugger Karl Pagel smashed a solo HR to pace the Guides to a 2-1 victory in 12 innings. Wings starter Jamie Werly pitched 7 innings of shutout ball, allowing only 4 hits and striking out 5, but the offense failed to provide enough support. The Wings offense could only manage 4 hits, as base runners were hard to come by. Reliever Pat Underwood allowed Maine to push across the winning run in the top of the 12th, and Rochester went scoreless in the bottom of the 12th. The Wings were mired in the middle of a 4 game losing streak. ..April 12th, 1999 Starting pitcher Matt Snyder got roughed up for 6 runs over 4 innings, as the Red Wings fell to Scranton Wilkes-Barre 9-2. Snyder struggled with his control all game long, issuing 4 walks, as Scranton jumped out to a 6-0 lead before the Wings got on the board. The Wings could manage only 5 hits all game long, and struggled with base runners, stranding 8 on the base paths. Ryan Minor drove in a run with a double, and Lyle Mouton also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, but in the end the Wings couldn’t come through with the clutch hits.
This Day in IL Baseball History:
2000 – Deion Sanders, beginning his third stint in the Cincinnati Reds organization after being out of baseball in 1998 & 1999, scores the first run in the history of Louisville Slugger Field in the 1 st inning of the RiverBats’ home opener against Norfolk. Sanders draws a walk and comes around to score on a single by Chris Sexton. 13,242 fans turn out for the historic day in Louisville, which remains the largest crowd in the park’s history. The euphoria of Opening Day would soon wear out – Sanders appeared in just 25 games due to injury, and the RiverBats played mediocre baseball most of the season, finishing 71-73 and 10.0 games out of 1 st place. The club would bounce back nicely however in 2001, winning the Governors’ Cup Championship.
Born on This Day:
1930 - Antonelli, Johnny 1971 - Williams, Matt 1972 - Lo Duca, Paul 1973 - Osuna, Antonio
1966 - A crowd of 50,671 welcomed the Braves to Atlanta, but Willie Stargell spoiled the opener with a two-run homer in the 13th inning, giving the Pirates a 3-2 victory. 1980 - Cecil Cooper and Don Money each hit grand slams in the second inning of Milwaukee's 18-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox. 1992 - Boston's Matt Young pitched eight no-hit innings at Cleveland but lost 2-1 in the opener of a doubleheader. In the second game, the Indians managed only two hits off Roger Clemens to set a major league record for fewest hits (2) in a doubleheader. 1994 - Scott Cooper hit for the cycle and drove in five runs, leading the Boston Red Sox to a 22-11 victory over the Kansas City Royals.
#1 Song on This Day:
1958 "Tequila" The Champs...1971 "Joy to the World" Three Dog Night... 1985 "We Are the World " USA for Africa... 1993 "Informer" Snow... 2010 "Rude Boy " Rihanna.