Baseball Month in Rochester continues Sunday with the Empire State Yankees-Pawtucket Red Sox game, featuring Andy Pettitte on the mound for the Yanks. The Red Wings are off on Sunday, followed by an eight-game road trip that includes stops at Pawtucket (Red Sox) and Syracuse (Nationals).
In the first game, the Bisons got an early lead in the second inning against Rochester starter P. J. Walters. Four singles, including an infield hit off Walters' leg, put Buffalo ahead 1-0.
The Red Wings tied the game in the bottom of the third, against Bisons starter Dylan Owen. Ray Chang singled and Owen walked Rene Rivera, and Owen's throwing error on a sacrifice bunt by Darin Mastroianni allowed Chang to score and make it a 1-1 contest.
The game was decided in the fifth inning, when Rivera led off with a single, and eventually scored on Brian Dozier's sacrifice fly.
Walters (3-1) pitched a complete game, allowing just four hits and a walk in seven innings, while striking out seven.
Click here for the Game One box score.
In the nightcap, Rochester reliever Brendan Wise made a spot start against left-hander Garrett Olson. Aaron Bates led off the second inning with a double, but Olson used three strikeouts to strand Bates in scoring position.
The Wings got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth. Matt Carson singled, then hustled around to third base on Aaron Bates' single. J. R. Towles knocked in Carson with a single, and Rene Tosoni's sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third with only one out. Olson walked Chang intentionally to load the bases, then struck out pinch-hitter Joe Benson. Jack Egbert relieved Olson, and Mastroianni placed a single to shallow right field that brought in two runs for a 3-0 Wings advantage.
Wise made a solid contribution, tossing three scoreless innings with three hits and two walks allowed. He struck out two.
Deolis Guerra came on to pitch the fourth for the Wings. Guerra got himself into trouble in the sixth when he hit two batters, bringing the tying run to the plate with one out. Tyler Robertson relieved Guerra and struck out Fred Lewis for the second out. Wings manager Gene Glynn then called for right-hander Anthony Slama to face the right-handed hitting Lucas May. Slama walked May to load the bases, but Michael Fisher popped out to end the threat.
Mastroianni nailed another two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning, expanding the Rochester lead to 5-0.
|NOTES: The Empire State Yankees game vs. Pawtucket in Batavia on Sunday has been moved to Frontier Field in Rochester. Game time is 2:05 p.m. with former Yankees star Andy Pettitte scheduled to pitch for Empire State. As of 8 p.m. Saturday night when teh ticket office closed, only $6 standing room tickets for Sunday remain. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Frontier Field ticket office, or by phone at 423-WING (9464) beginning Sunday morning at 8 am.....Twins infielder Sean Burroughs has accepted his outright assignment to Rochester and will wear number 33. Including Burroughs, the Red Wings have employed the services of 31 players, including 17 position players and 14 pitchers. Only 2 Red Wings have been recalled to the Twins one month into the season: Drew Butera and Ben Revere, who has since returned to Rochester. One year ago today, the Twins had already recalled 10 players.|
Family Four-Pack Night, presented by M&T Bank/Messenger Post Media...Pre-Game Autograph Booth presented by Hillside Family of Agencies. Meet a different Red Wings player each game, signing free autographs... 6:25 pm-6:45 pm prior to 7:05 pm games; 5:25-5:45 p.m. prior to 6:05 games; 12:25 pm-12:45 pm prior to 1:05 pm games.
Monday, May 7 at Pawtucket 6:15 p.m. RHP Daryl Thompson (1-2, 3.60) vs. RHP Ross Ohlendorf (3-2, 4.29) WHTK 1280 AM
Tuesday, May 8 at Pawtucket 6:15 p.m. RHP Cole DeVries (0-2, 2.89) vs. RHP Tony Pena, Jr. (0-3, 6.75) WHTK 1280 AM
Wednesday, May 9 at Pawtucket 6:15 p.m. LHP Luke French (0-0, 5.40) vs. RHP Justin Germano (2-1, 1.91) WHTK 1280 AM
Thursday, May 10 at Pawtucket 12:05 p.m. LHP Scott Diamond vs. RHP Brandon Duckworth (3-0, 3.71) WYSL 1040 AM
Future Wing Watch - 3B Deibinson Romero went 3-for-3 with three singles, a walk, one run scored and an RBI in New Britain's 4-3 loss Friday.
This Day in Red Wings History: 1976 - the Wings beat the Tidewater Tides 6-2 in the first official meeting of the season between the two clubs. Their winning effort was led by back up catcher Jim Hutto, who belted a 2 run homer and an rbi double. Pitcher Bob Glasso pitched a complete game in the victory... 2005 - Mark Malaska came in the sixth and held the Red Wings hitless through three innings, striking out a pair. Rochester had a chance to get back into the game in the top of the third, starting when Rob Bowen led off with a single to center. One out later, Tyner got on with a bunt single and Luis Rodriguez loaded the bases with a base hit that didn't reach the outfield grass. Brent Abernathy got the first Red Wing run across after coaxing a walk out of Narveson, but the tall lefty settled down and retired the next two batters without further damage... 2006 - Ottawa pounded out 15 hits against three Rochester pitchers, leading to a 9-1 win over the Red Wings Friday night at Frontier Field.
This Day in IL Baseball History: 2007 – Pawtucket scores five times in the top of the 9th inning at Buffalo, seemingly putting the contest out of reach at 14-6. Manager Torey Lovullo’s Bisons have other ideas, sending 13 men to the plate in the bottom of the 9th. After the first seven batters reach base and score, a double by Hector Luna ties the game at 14-14. Mike Rose, who plated the first run of the inning when he was hit by a pitch with the bases full, draws a bases-loaded walk in his second at-bat to give the Bisons an improbable 15-14 comeback win. The winning pitcher is infielder Trent Durrington, who walked in two runs before getting the final out in the top of the 9th. In the aftermath, The Sporting News finds that the only nine-run 9th inning comeback in Major League history occurred when Cleveland beat Washington 14-13 in 1901.
Born on This Day: 1970 Will Arnett... 1988 Adele
It Happened This Day in Baseball: 1955 - Brooklyn Dodgers rookie Tom Lasorda makes his first major league start as he he throws three wild pitches in one inning, tying a major league record. After his pitching career, Lasorda will enjoy far more success as a Hall of Fame manager... 1962 - Bo Belinsky of the Los Angeles Angels beats the Baltimore Orioles, 2-0, with a no-hitter at Dodger Stadium. Belinsky strikes out nine and walks four... 1978 - Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds becomes the 14th major leaguer to collect 3,000 hits when he singles off Montreal's Steve Rogers at Riverfront Stadium... 1999 - At Wrigley Field, the Colorado Rockies become the first team in 35 years and only the third in the 20th century to score in every inning in a 13-6 win over the Chicago Cubs. The last time a team scored in all nine innings was also at Chicago, when the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cubs on September 13, 1964... 2004 - Roger Clemens of the Houston Astros moves past Steve Carlton for second place on the career strikeout list with his 4,137th in Houston's 6 - 2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
#1 Song on This Day: 1979 "Reunited" Peaches & Herb... 1989 "Like a Prayer" Madonna... 1999 "Livin' La Vida Loca" Ricky Martin... 2009 "Boom Boom Pow" The Black Eyed Peas.