Packed house sees home finale

Yanks spank Wings 10-0

Drew Butera hit his 16th double of the season, one of three Wings hits Saturday.

By Mike Spier / Rochester Red Wings | September 5, 2009 6:28 PM ET

The Rochester Red Wings tallied a season-high 13,120 fans at Frontier Field as they lost the final home game of 2009 to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, 10-0, on Saturday night.

Coming into Saturday night's game, Jason Hirsh (4-0, 1.37 ERA) was one of the Yankees' hottest pitchers. When he left due to injury after fielding a ball in the first inning, the bullpen did a pretty good job of emulating his previous work. Coming in cold, Luke Prihoda (1-0) tossed 3 1/3 innings of no-hit baseball, allowing just a walk to Jason Pridie in the fourth. Pridie was also the only Wings player to get a hit through four innings, a lead-off single in the first.

The Yankees offense acted in accordance with its pitching, overwhelming, and Wings starter Philip Humber had a hard time keeping up.

Shelley Duncan, who hit the go-ahead home run to win yesterday's game, commenced the scoring by lining a double off the left field wall, scoring Colin Curtis.

In the second inning, a lead-off walk to John Rodriguez set the stage for a Reegie Corona two-run blast, his second home run in as many nights. That shot gave Scranton a 3-0 lead.

The Red Wings didn't get another hit until there were two outs in the fifth. Drew Butera laced a double down the left field line off the Yanks second reliever, Amuari Sanit. Sanit pitched 2 1/3 innings, yielding just the one hit.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre tallied one run in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to make the score, 6-0. Humber finished with a line of 4 2/3 innings pitched, seven hits and five earned runs. He walked five and struck out six.

Scranton brought their total to double digits in a peculiar way in the seventh inning off reliever Jose Lugo. Without allowing a single hit in the inning, Lugo allowed four runs to score (two earned) by allowing five walks and giving up two sacrifice flies. Lugo was relieved by Tim Lahey after getting just one out.

In the bottom of the seventh, fan-favorite Tommy Watkins pinch-hit for team MVP Justin Huber. Watkins popped out to second base in his only plate appearance.

Zach Kroenke earned his fourth save of the season by shutting out the Red Wings for the final four innings. His only blemish was yielding Rochester's third and final hit of the game, a single to third by Dustin Martin.

 

WINGS THNGS: Rochester Police Officer Anthony DiPonzio threw out the final first pitch of the season, and brought the lineup card out to home plate. Check out the Pics of the Day in our Multimedia section on Tuesday for two photo galleries from Saturday's game....RHP Boof Bonser was scheduled to pitch for Class A Fort Myers Saturday night.

 

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Matt Tone Update
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This Day in Red Wing Baseball History: Two of the first six nine inning no-hitters in Rochester baseball history were recorded on September 5. One was thrown by George McConnell against Toronto in 1910. The other was hurled by Jackie Collum against Ottawa in 1952.

This Day in IL Baseball History: 1988 – In Game 4 of the Governors’ Cup Finals, the Red Wings defeat the Tides to clinch another IL championship for the city of Rochester. It is the 8 th time since the Governors’ Cup Playoffs were introduced in 1933 that Rochester has won the trophy. The 1988 title marks the end of an era in the International League. The original Governors’ Cup would be retired following the 1988 Finals. It was sent to Cooperstown to become a permanent part of the Baseball Hall of Fame. A brand new Governors’ Cup would be unveiled in 1989 to go to all future International League Champions.

Born on This Day: 1847- Jesse James, was an American outlaw , gang leader, bank and train robber from the state of Missouri and the most famous member of the James-Younger Gang. Already a celebrity when he was alive, he became a legendary figure of the Wild West after his death... 1946- Freddy Mercury, was a British musician, best known as the frontman of the rock band Queen. As a performer, he was known for his vocal prowess and flamboyant performances... 1951- Michael Keaton, famous actor known for comedic roles in movies such as, Mr. Mom, Beetlejuice, Batman and Batman Returns.

It Happened This Day: 1918 - The Cubs switch their home games to Comiskey Park with its larger seating capacity for the World Series. Babe Ruth, having completed thirteen scorelees innings in his first World Series two years ago, adds nine more in edging Hippo Vaughn 1-0 in the opener. During the seventh-inning stretch, a military band plays "The Star Spangled Banner." From then on, it is played at every World Series game, every season opener, and whenever a band is present to play it, though it is not yet adopted as the national anthem. The custom of playing it before every game will begin during World War II, after the installation of public address systems... 1955 - Don Newcombe of the Brooklyn Dodgers hit his seventh homer of the season for a National League record for home runs by a pitcher. The Dodgers beat the Phillies 11-4... 1998 - Mark McGwire became only the third player to reach sixty home runs, as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-0. He joined Babe Ruth and Roger Marris with sixty homers in a single season.

#1 Song on This Day: 1997- "No Money No Problems," The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Puff Daddy and Ma$e... 1988- "Hangin' Tough," New Kids on the Block... 1982- "Abracadabra," Steve Miller Band

 

 

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