Cole DeVries picked up his first win of the season with a strong eight inning effort, as the Red Wings beat the Gwinnett Braves 6-4 Saturday night at Frontier Field. The paid attendance was 8,427, the second largest crowd of the season. Baseball Month in Rochester presented by Hoselton Toyota continues Sunday at 1:05 p.m., when the two teams meet again.
DeVries' teammates set out to address that issue early, after DeVries had an easy 10-pitch top of the first. Pedro Florimon tripled on a ball that right fielder Felix Pie couldn't pick up in the bright sun. Then Wilkin Ramirez laced the first pitch he saw from Braves starter Eric Junge into center field for an RBI single, putting Rochester up 1-0.
The G-Braves came right back in the second with a triple of their own, when Ernesto Mejia led off the inning with a hit that rolled to the wall in right-center. A groundball out scored Mejia to tie the score.
In the Rochester second inning, a two-out single from Rene Rivera sent Sean Burroughs all the way home from second base, pushing the Wings back out in front 2-1. Matt Carson scored when second baseman Greg Paiml couldn't handle a ground ball from Tsuyoshi Nishioka, and the inning ended with Rochester ahead 3-1.
The Wings continued to pour it on in the bottom of the fourth. Carson led off the inning with a single and then proceeded to steal his fourth bag of the season. Two batters later, Nishioka blasted his first home run on American soil over the right field wall and increased Rochester's lead to 5-1.
Ramirez led off the bottom of the fifth with a single followed by a double by Chris Parmelee, putting two runners in scoring position with no outs. The Wings were unable to capitalize on the chance after a pop up and two fielder's choices would retire the side. The Wings had another chance in the seventh after hits from Parmelee, Danny Valencia, and Carson left the bases loaded with one out. Rene Tosoni would go down swinging for out number two. Rivera walked to pick up his second RBI of the game. Nishioka flew out to center to end the inning and the wings took a 6-1 lead into the eighth.
DeVries continued his strong start after giving up the second inning double. He retired 13 straight batters until Paiml ripped a single in the bottom of the sixth. DeVries finished the inning without allowing another hit.
Jose Constanza tripled off DeVries in the ninth inning to drive in two runs for the Braves to make it 6-3. Anthony Slama came into the game for Rochester and let up one more run and pick up the save. Parmelee leaned into the stands to catch the final out and the game finished 6-4 Wings.
NOTES: The Wings and G-Braves split their season series in 2011, 4-4...Coming into Saturday, Wings relievers have a 2.81 ERA in May...On this day in 1990, Wings coach Tom Brunansky went 5-for-5 with two homers for the Red Sox in a 13-1 win over Minnesota.
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Future Wing Watch - Class A Fort Myer's Pat Dean posted eight strikeouts and one run in eight innings of work leading the Miracle to a 2-1 victory.
This Day in Red Wings History: 1990 Rochester catcher Chris Hoiles went 2-for-4 in the Wings' 10-2 victory over Indianapolis, raising his International League leading batting average to .380. However, Hoiles had to receive sixteen stitches over his left eye after being hit in the face by a pitch in the eighth inning. The win was also pitcher Ben McDonald's first in AAA, as he pitched six shut out innings.
This Day in IL Baseball History: 1961 One of the most bizarre team nicknames in IL history is born when the San Juan Marlins club is transferred to Charleston, West Virginia to finish the 1961 season. Although Senators was an established nickname of previous Charleston teams, the club agrees to keep the name Marlins to save money on uniforms. Despite the fact there arent many marlins swimming through the rivers of West Virginia, club officials justified the name by pointing out that local hunters often carried Marlin rifles! The Charleston Marlins, led by fiery manager Joe Schultz, went on to an impressive 88-66 record but lost to Buffalo in the first round of the Governors Cup Playoffs. Following the season the franchise moved back south to Jacksonville. Charleston would again host International League baseball in the 1970s and early 1980s as the "Charlies."
Born on This Day: 1946 Andre the Giant... 1952 Joey Ramone... 1957 Bill Laimbeer... 1986 Mario Chalmers.
It Happened This Day in Baseball: 1910 Cy Young wins the 500th game of his career as the Cleveland Naps beat the Washington Senators, 5 - 4, in 11 innings. He is the only pitcher in major league history to ever reach this milestone... 1959 At Memorial Stadium, Baltimore Orioles pitcher Billy O'Dell hits a weird 120-foot home run against the Chicago White Sox. His shot hits the foul line and bounces over the head of right fielder Al Smith, allowing O'Dell to circle the bases... 1971 In its inaugural season, Riverfront Stadium's first ever inside-the-park home run is hit by Roberto Clemente, a smash off Gary Nolan. The ball is hit high off the left-field wall over the reach of Bernie Carbo. The ball bounces high and back toward the infield past Buddy Bradford in center and by the time he is able to retrieve it on the rain-soaked turf, Clemente is rounding third... 2001 Reversing its original decision, MLB's official statistician, the Elias Sports Bureau, will now list Randy Johnson's 20 strikeouts as tying a record. Although the game went into extra innings, Johnson's nine-inning performance will be noted along with the Roger Clemens and Kerry Wood's 20 strikeouts outings in the 2002 record book.
#1 Song on This Day: 1967 "Groovin" by The Young Rascals... 1970 "American Woman" by The Guess Who...1983 "Let's Dance" by David Bowie... 1997 "MMMBop" by Hanson.