On a breezy summer night at Frontier Field, the Rochester Red Wings were led to a 4-2 victory over the Charlotte Knights on Monday night, behind a solid pitching performance from Cole De Vries.
Cole De Vries started on the mound for the Red Wings and started the game with an effective 1-2-3 inning to shut down the Knights offense. The Rochester offense responded in the bottom half of the inning with an RBI single off the bat of Sean Burroughs which scored Pedro Florimon, who also singled to lead off the game, and give the Red Wings the early 1-0 lead.
After a scoreless second inning, Ray Olmedo singled to start the third for the Knights. A sacrifice fly from Greg Golson scored Olmedo from third base, tying the game at one. The Red Wings offense couldn't respond in the bottom half of the inning, as Wilkin Ramirez was stranded on the bases after a one-out single, leaving the score tied at one afte two innings.
De Vries continued to show his stuff by stifling the Charlotte offense for the next three innings, holding the Knights to only three hits and one run through five innings of work. With the score still tied at one, Clete Thomas led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a double. J.R. Towles then singled to score Thomas from second, breaking the tie between the two teams and giving Rochester the 2-1 lead.
Ray Chang was then hit by a pitch, and Florimon reached first base via a fielder's choice at second base. With runners on the corners and two outs, Tsuyoshi Nishioka reached first base on a dropped third strike that turned into a wild pitch, scoring Towles from third base and increasing the lead to 3-1. Burroughs slapped a grounder to third base which resulted in an error, allowing Florimon to score from second base and giving Rochester a 4-1 lead after five innings.
Charlotte responded with a run of their own in the top of the sixth inning as a single from Josh Phegley scored Dan Johnson from second base, making the score 4-2. The score would remain the same when it looked as if the Red Wings offense would be ignited once again. Towles led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a bunt single and Michael Hollimon, who replaced Chang in the top of the sixth, walked to reach first. However, Florimon, Nishioka and Burroughs went down in order to end the scoring chance for the Red Wings.
The Red Wings went into the top of the eighth inning with a 4-2 lead over the Knights, a good omen considering the fact that Rochester has a 26-2 record this season when leading after seven innings. De Vries then held the Knights offense scoreless once again in the top of the eighth inning, which was highlighted by an impressive, spinning play at second base by Nishioka. The Red Wings offense was retired in order in the bottom of the eigth inning, still leaving the score at 4-2 heading into the final inning of action.
Kyle Waldrop relieved DeVries, who finished the game with only two earned runs allowed and four strikeouts in eight innings of work, in the top of the ninth inning to close out the game.
Red Wings' lefthander Matt Maloney has been placed on the 7-Day Disabled List with a strained left elbow and righthander Luis Perdomo has been transferred to Triple-A Rochester from Double-A New Britain.
Maloney went 0-4 with a 9.38 ERA in eight games (six starts) for the Red Wings after being designated for assignment by the Minnesota Twins May 9. He went 0-4 with an 11.25 ERA (25 ER/20.0 IP) as a starter. The 28-year-old, who was claimed off waivers from Cincinnati October 31, 2011, last pitched Thursday vs. Durham (Rays). He was touched for six runs (five earned) on seven hits and two walks in 1.2 innings.
Maloney was scheduled to start tomorrow in the opener of a four-game series at Lehigh Valley (Phillies). His replacement will be Brendan Wise.
Perdomo, who will meet the Red Wings at Lehigh Valley tomorrow, went 4-4 with two saves and a 2.75 ERA in 26 games with New Britain. He posted 43 strikeouts in 39.1 innings and did not give up a home run. The 28-year-old limited Eastern League opponents to a .191 average. Perdomo last pitched Saturday at Richmond (Giants), allowing one run and striking out six in 5.0 innings of relief. He signed with the Twins as a minor league free agent November 17, 2011 and was a non-roster invitee at Spring Training
NOTES: Ray Chang left the game in the top of the sixth inning after being hit on the wrist while batting in the bottom of the fifth ... Clete Thomas made two impressive, over-the-shoulder catches in center field ... New Britain Rock Cats outfielder Evan Bigley has been selected as the Eastern League Player of the Week for the period of June 18th-June 24th. The 25-year old batted .583 (14-for-24) with four doubles, two home runs, 10 RBI, seven runs scored and a 1.000 slugging percentage in six games for the Rock Cats last week.
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