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.
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
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
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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Tuesday, June 26 at Lehigh Valley 7:05 p.m. RHP Matt Wright
(0-1, 3.31) vs. LHP Matt Maloney (0-4, 9.38) WHTK 1280 AM
Wednesday, June 27
at Lehigh Valley 7:05 p.m. LHP Tom Cochran (5-1, 3.53) vs. RHP Samuel Deduno (1-1,
2.43) WHTK 1280 AM
Thursday, June 28 at Lehigh Valley 7:05 p.m. RHP Tyler Cloyd
(7-1, 2.17) vs. RHP Steven Hirschfeld (1-1, 3.45) WHTK 1280 AM
29 at Lehigh Valley 7:05 p.m. RHP Scott Elarton vs. LHP Luke French WHTK 1280
Wing Watch - New Britain LF Evan Bigley went 3 for 4 with two runs and
two RBIs in yesterday's win against the Richmond Flying Squirrels.
This Day in Red Wings History: 1988 - Rochester third baseman Craig Worthington
went 3 for 4 with two doubles, one run, and four rbis to lead the Red Wings to
a 9-5 victory over the Cubs at Silver Stadium. The win put Rochester back into
1st place in the IL West.
This Day in IL Baseball History: 1911
Left-handed hurler Ad Brennan has a remarkable day for Buffalo against
the Jersey City Skeeters. Brennan holds the Skeeters hitless over 9 innings and
scores the games only run in the 1-0 Buffalo victory. Brennan, acquired
just weeks earlier from the Phillies, would prove to be
pitcher for the remainder of the 1911 campaign. He led the club with 14 wins,
and recorded two no-hitters. (Brennan once again ho-hit Jersey City over 9 innings
on August 26, only to lose the game in the 10th 1-0).
Born on This
Day: 1903 George Orwell... 1942 Willis Reed... 1961
It Happened This Day in Baseball: 1933 - At
the Polo Grounds, 25,000 see the Giants win twice over the Reds and increase their
National League lead to three games. Hal Schumacher, the June graduate of St.
Lawrence, wins the opener, 7 - 1, giving up a run on an error. New York scores
five runs in two innings to knock out Ray Kolp. The Giants take the second game,
6 - 3, as Johnny Vergez drives in four runs. Fred Fitzsimmons is the winner over
Larry Benton, in relief of Benny Frey. The Senators win twice over the Indians,
9 - 0 and 10 - 1, to widen their lead in the American League to 1 1/2 games over
New York. Washington has now won 14 of 15. Earl Whitehill pitches the shutout
and Bobby Burke, making his first start of the season, almost matches him in game
2. Ossie Bluege has five of the Nats' 29 hit total. For the host Indians, Milt
Galatzer, recently of the Toledo Mud Hens, debuts with four walks in the opener
and no official at bats. He's 2 for 5 in the nightcap. 1971 - Cleon Jones
ties a National League record by drawing six walks, helping the Mets to a doubleheader
sweep of the Expos, 4 - 1 and 4 - 2. Jerry Grote has three doubles in the opener,
and Bud Harrelson knocks in three runs in the nightcap. Nolan Ryan (7-4) and Danny
Frisella (4-1) are winners. Actor Kurt Russell makes his pro baseball debut for
Bend (Northwest League), getting a single, double, and two stolen bases. Russell's
baseball career will be ended by injury two years later. 1996 - In Oakland,
A's first baseman Mark McGwire hits his 300th career home run off Tiger hurler
Omar Olivares. The A's outslug the Tigers, 12 - 8. Bobby Higginson and Jason Giambi
each drive in five runs while Cecil Fielder also homers.
Song on This Day: 1970 "The Love You Save" The Jackson Five...
1980 "Coming Up (Live at Glasgow)" Paul McCartney & Wings...
1990 "Step By Step" New Kids On The Block
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