The Rochester Red Wings lost a tough pitchers' duel to the Empire State Yankees 2-0 Wednesday night at Frontier Field. Wings starter Cole DeVries pitched a spectacular seven innings, but came up just short.
The teams were locked in a stalemate through the first five innings, as neither starting pitcher allowed a run. DeVries for the Wings allowed just three hits through the first five. Yankees starter D.J. Mitchell was even tougher, as he only allowed three Wings' baserunners on two hits.
The nothing-nothing tie was finally broken in the bottom of the sixth. Ramiro Pena got on base quickly with a lead-off single, but stayed there as DeVries got the next two batters out on strikes. Dewayne Wise then hit a fly ball to right and it looked like the inning was over as right-fielder Ben Revere made a diving catch, but as he hit the ground the ball bounced out of his glove. Wise's double put both runners in scoring position for Steve Pearce, who hit a long single to center, scoring both Pena and Wise. Pearce was thrown out trying to advance to second on the throw to end the inning with the Yankees up 2-0.
DeVries pitched a total of seven innings, the longest start for a Wings' pitcher yet this season. He allowed just two runs, on six hits and no walks with seven strikeouts. Brendan Wise came on in relief to pitch a perfect bottom of the eighth. But Mitchell was just a little bit better, as he held the Wings scoreless through eight innings, and only allowed two hits and one walk on the night. He retired the last eleven batters he faced.
NOTES: The Red Wings today placed right-handed pitcher Carlos Gutierrez on the 7-Day Disabled List with a right shoulder labrum strain. Gutierrez sustained the injury Friday vs. Pawtucket (Red Sox) in the sixth inning, exiting the game after surrendering a three-run homer to Will Middlebrooks. Gutierrez is 1-1 with a 9.00 ERA (4 ER/4.0 IP) in three appearances. The 25-year-old, who was selected by the Twins in the first round (27th overall) of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, is in his second season with the Red Wings....Empire State Yankees third baseman Brandon Laird will receive his 2011 Rawlings Gold Glove Award in a special ceremony tomorrow prior to the Red Wings-Yankees game at Frontier Field. Minor League Baseball President Pat O’Conner, International League President Randy Mobley, and a representative from Rawlings will be on hand to present the award....The Red Wings have played their first 14 games without a postponement due to weather, the longest such streak to start a season since 2005. The club’s 14th game that year, an April 20 clash at Buffalo (Indians), was rained out and played as part of a doubleheader the next day...
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Thursday, April 19 vs. Empire State 7:05 p.m. RHP Samuel Deduno (0-0, 3.27) vs. RHP Adam Warren (0-1, 18.00 ERA) WYSL 1040-AM/92.1 FM
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Saturday April 21 vs. Lehigh Valley 1:05 p.m. RHP Austin Hyatt (2-0, 2.20) vs. LHP Scott Diamond (3-0, 1.47) WYSL 1040AM, FM 92.1
Sunday, April 22 vs. Lehigh Valley 1:05 p.m. LHP Pat Misch (1-1, .450) vs. RHP Daryl Thompson (0-2, 4.00) WHTK 1280 AM, FM 107.3
Future Wing Watch - Double-A New Britain first baseman Chris Colabello was 2 for 3 with 3 RBIs and 2 home runs against the Portland Sea Dogs yesterday.
This Day in Red Wings History: 1981 the Pawtucket Red Sox and Rochester RedWings began what would eventually become the longest game in professional baseball history. The game, which lasted a total of 33 innings began at 8 p.m. and was played for eight hours and seven minutes before it was put on hold when the teams were still deadlocked at 2 after the bottom of the 32nd.
This Day in IL Baseball History: 1946 50,000 fans cram into and around Jersey City’s Roosevelt Stadium to see the Minor League debut of Jackie Robinson. With the whole country following Branch Rickey’s “great experiment”, Robinson turns in a stellar performance. After grounding out in his first at-bat, Jackie cracks a threerun homer in the 3rd inning to put Montreal ahead by four. George Shuba, scoring from first base on the home run, turns and greets Robinson with a handshake after crossing home plate. The image of a white teammate congratulating Robinson came to symbolize his acceptance. Jackie has a marvelous debut, going 4-5 with four runs scored, a homer, four RBI, two stolen bases and two forced balk calls in the Royals 14-1 pasting of the Giants. Robinson would go on to win the IL batting title (.342) as his Royals captured the 1946 Governors’ Cup Championship.
Born on This Day: 1970 Carl Simpson 1973 Derrick Brooks 1982 Scott Hartnell
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