The Rochester Red Wings were swept in Thursday afternoon's doubleheader against the Syracuse Chiefs at Frontier Field, 5-4 and 3-2. Cole DeVries was very solid in his start in Game 1, allowing just two runs and striking out a season high, but an extra inning home run won the game for the Chiefs. In Game 2, Matt Carson went 2-for-3 with his first home run of the season. The Wings head to Buffalo Friday for a four-game series, with all games shown live on Time Warner Cable Sportsnet; The Wings return home to play the Empire State Yankees on Tuesday, May 1.
The Chiefs got on the board immediately in Game 1, with Corey Brown's lead-off home run off of Wings starter DeVries. But their lead didn't last long. Darin Mastroianni led off the Wings half of the inning with a walk. A stolen base put him on second with Aaron Bates up to bat. Bates hit a single to left fielder Bryce Harper, who made an error on the throw to home plate, allowing Mastroianni to score, tying the game at 1-1.
With the game still tied in the top of the fourth, Harper led the inning off with a single. A double by Jason Michaels put him on third, then he scored on Jarrett Hoffpauir's single to give the Chiefs a 2-1 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Wings mounted a rally to tie the game. Ray Chang led the inning off with a single and quickly advanced to third on Joe Thurston's single. With Michael Hollimon at the plate, Chang was caught in a run down between third and home. While the Chiefs infield was preoccupied with tagging Chang out, Thurston advanced to third. Mastroianni then came up and continued his brilliance of late to hit a triple to right field, scoring Thurston to tie the game and send it into extra innings.
The tie did not last long, however, as two walks allowed by reliever Casey Fein came back to haunt the Wings. Jason Michaels hit his second home run of the season and the series - a three run shot to the left field bullpen to give the Chiefs the 5-2 lead.
The Wings weren't done yet though. With two outs and a runner on first, Joe Benson hit the first Triple-A homer of his career, bringing the score to 5-4. But it wasn't enough, as Chang flew out to left to end the shortened game.
DeVries had an excellent start. He pitched six innings, allowing just two runs to score on five hits and two walks. He struck out eight batters, a season high among all Red Wings pitchers. Fein, who came in to pitch the seventh and eighth, added three strikeouts. The 11 strikeouts between the two were the most by the Wings pitching staff in a game this season, despite the shortened game.
In Game 2 of the doubleheader, the Wings were the first to jump on the board with Carson's first home run of the season. He came up to bat with the bases empty and two outs in the bottom of the first and hit a line drive to left field that landed just inside of the foul pole.
The one-run lead lasted until the top of the fourth inning, when Wings starter Jeff Manship gave up his first hits of the game. With one out, he gave up a back-to-back single and walk, bringing Harper to the plate. Harper lined a single into right field, knocking in a run to tie the game.
Manship came out of the game in the top of the fifth, with Esmerling Vasquez coming in in relief. But Vasquez was very rocky. With the bases loaded and two outs, Mark Teahen hit a two-run RBI single to give the Chiefs the lead.
Drew Butera led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a double to begin a Wings rally. After advancing to third on Mastroianni's fly out, Butera was called safe on a play at the plate on a fielder's choice by Chiefs third baseman Carlos Rivero. A single and a walk loaded the bases with two outs, but the Wings were unable to capitalize, bringing the final score to 3-2 Chiefs.
|NOTES: Rochester last suffered a doubleheader sweep July 9, 2011 at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees), falling 9-0 and 6-4. Rochester’s last doubleheader sweep at Frontier Field came July 22, 2009, defeating Pawtucket (Red Sox) 5-0 and 6-1. The Wings last got swept in a doubleheader at home June 20, 2011 vs. Charlotte (White Sox), losing 7-2 and 5-1...The Minnesota Twins yesterday signed Joe Thurston to a minor-league contract and assigned him to Triple-A Rochester. The infielder, who is wearing No. 19, was released by the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday. He batted .207 with one double, one homer, 2 RBI, and 7 walks in 11 games with Lehigh Valley. The Red Wings’ roster currently has 22 active players, 3 shy of the maximum allowed... The Chiefs improved to 4-4 in the Hillside Family of Agencies Thruway series, while the Wings dropped to 4-5. Buffalo now takes the lead with a 4-3 record... The 5-4 and 3-2 losses in today's doubleheader marked the first time that both games of a Red Wings doubleheader were decided by one run since the Wings lost 2-1 and 3-2 to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees on September 6, 2009.|
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