Columbus used three unearned runs to beat the Rochester Red Wings 4-1 Monday night at Frontier Field. Lehigh Valley also lost Monday, so despite the loss the Wings remain just two games out of the wild card playoff spot. The series continues Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. featuring the Fan 4-Pack with with four tickets, hot dogs, drinks and a yearbook for $36 ($40 day of game).
The game start was delayed 45 minutes by rain and wet grounds. Matt Hague got the scoring started for Rochester in the bottom of the third inning. After a Niko Goodrum double off of Chris Narveson, two batters later, Hague drove in Goodrum with an RBI single giving the Wings a 1-0 lead.
Columbus responded the very next inning when back to back walks by Tim Melville eventually led to a sacrifice fly off the bat of Adam Moore tied the game at 1-1.
The Wings put two runners on with two out in the sixth inning, after Mitch Garver drew a walk and Daniel Palka singled. That brought Louis Head out of the bullpen to relieve Narveson, and Head walked Leonardo Reginatto to load the bases. Head got a groundout to end the threat.
Narveson allowed five hits and an earned run in 5.2 innings pitched, with two walks and six strikeouts. Narveson threw 107 pitches, 63 for strikes.
Melville looked strong through six innings. He only allowed one hit and one run while racking up seven strikeouts to keep the game tied at 1-1.
Melville added another inning of work and was relieved in the top of the eighth inning by Drew Rucinski. Melville finished with seven innings pitched, allowing one hit and one run. He walked three and struck out nine on 117 pitches, 75 of them being strikes.
Columbus regained the lead in the top of the eighth, scoring three unearned runs off Rucinski with two out making the score 4-1 Clippers.
Michael Tonkin pitched the ninth for the Red Wings, striking out the side.
Winning Pitcher: Head (2-0)
Losing Pitcher: Ruscinski (2-4)
Save: Sulser (1)
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NOTES: LHP Stephen Gonsalves and RHP Luke Bard have been called up from Double-A Chattanooga... RHP D.J Baxendale and OF Edgar Corcino were assigned to Chattanooga.
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THIS DAY IN RED WINGS HISTORY
1933 - 15,000 fans were at Red Wings Stadium for the first home night game against the Newark Bears. The final score was 4-0, and unfortunately the Red Wings did not come out on top. The lights from the stadium were so bright, people could read the paper on the porches on Norton Street without any problem.
1980 - The Red Wings scored eight runs in the 12th inning to top the Braves 11-3 in Richmond. The rally was punctuated by Floyd Rayford's grand slam. The win kept Rochester two games out of second place in the International League.
2005 - Luiz Maza homered twice as Rochester outlasted Ottawa 12-11 on Sunday afternoon at Lynx Stadium. Both teams combined for 32 hits, and Ottawa came up just short after rallying for four runs with four doubles in the bottom of the ninth. With first place Buffalo's 9-4 loss to Pawtucket, the Wings moved to within 1 1/2 games of the IL North Division lead.
THIS DAY IN INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE HISTORY
1956 - An all-time Minor League Baseball attendance record is set in Miami, Florida to highlight the city's first season as a member of the International League. Shifting a regular season game to the mammoth Orange Bowl, Miami draws 57,713 fans for a night contest against the Columbus Jets. With the ageless Satchel Paige on the mound, the Marlins defeat the visiting Jets 6-2. Paige works 7 2/3 innings, improving his record on the year to 10-3. Proceeds of the game are donated to charity.
BORN ON THIS DAY
1974- Philippe De Rouville, Victoriaville, NHL goalie (Pitts Penguins)... 1975- Charlize Theron, South African actress (The Cider House Rules, Monster), born in Benoni, Transvaal...1987- Sidney Crosby, Canadian hockey player
IT HAPPENED THIS DAY
1907 - Walter Johnson pitched the first of his 416 victories as he led the Washington Senators over the Cleveland Indians 7-2.
1985 - Commissioner Peter Ueberroth announced a tentative agreement ending a two-day strike. The season resumed Aug. 8.
1992 - The Giants announce that the team has been sold to Tampa Bay investors for a reported $110 million and will move to St. Petersburg for the 1993 season. Other owners will block the move in November, but one benefit is that the 1992 season finale becomes the first sellout at Candlestick since the 1989 World Series.
NUMBER ONE SONG ON THIS DAY
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