The Norfolk Tides rallied to beat the Rochester Plates 6-4 in 12 innings Thursday night at Frontier Field, in the historic first ever Plates Night. The paid attendance of 13,281 was the third largest regular season crowd in Frontier Field history. With Lehigh Valley losing at home to Charlotte, the Plates remain one game out of the wild card playoff spot. The series continues Friday night at 7:05 p.m., with fireworks after the game
The Plates got on the board first in the bottom of the first inning after Matt Hague and ByungHo Park both collected back-to-back RBI plate appearances at the expense of Norfolk pitcher Jayson Aquino that made it 2-0 Rochester early in the ballgame.
Stephen Gonsalves came out of the gates strong in his Rochester debut by retiring the first 10 batters he faced in order. He struck out three of them before surrendering his first hit of the game to Chris Johnson in the top of the fourth. Johnson later scored on a single by Francisco Pena cutting the Rochester lead to 2-1
Aquino was relieved in the top of the fifth by Chris Lee. Aquino finished with 4.2 innings pitched, giving up five hits and two runs with two walks. He struck out four on 74 pitches, 47 of them for strikes.
Chris Johnson tied the game at 2-2 in the top of sixth with a solo home run.
Hague led off the bottom of the sixth with a single. With that single, Hague extended his streak of reaching base safely to 23 straight games. The next two batters, Park and Niko Goodrum, both reached safely to load the bases giving Rochester a golden scoring chance with no outs. Leonardo Reginatto cashed in by delivering a two- out single that drove in both Park and Goodrum making the score 4-2 Plates.
Gonsalves delivered seven solid innings of work in his Triple-A debut, giving up four hits and two runs without a walk. He racked up seven strikeouts on 86 pitches, 59 for strikes.
Michael Tonkin worked the eighth inning, allowing a run on three singles as the Tides pulled to within a run.
John Curtiss pitched the ninth inning, and walked the first batter he faced. A single put runners at first and third with no one out, and a single from Drew Dosch tied the game at 4-4. Curtiss set down the next three batters to keep the game tied.
In the bottom of the ninth against Stefan Crichton, the Wings put runners at first and second with one out. A two-out wild pitch moved the runners up to second and third with Tommy Field at bat, and when Field was hit by a pitch the Wings had loaded the bases. J.B. Shuck's long flyball down the left field line was caught to end the scoring bid.
Curtiss struck out the side in the 10th, and the Wings had a bases loaded, one out rally in the bottom of the inning against Matt Wotherspoon. Hague flew out, and a sharply hit ball by Park was fielded for the third out.
Drew Rucinski came on to pitch the top of the 11th, using a pair of strikeouts to work around two baserunners.
The Wings had another scoring chance in the bottom of the 11th, putting two on with one out. A double play grounder sent play to the 12th.
Mike Yastrzemski led off the 12th with a triple off Rucinski, and a broken bat bloop hit from Chris Johnson put the Tides ahead for the first time all game. They added one more run on a hit from Pedro Alvarez.
Winning Pitcher: Wotherspoon (3-1)
Losing Pitcher: Rucinski (2-5)
Save: Yacobonis (10)
Box Score - Click here for the box score and play-by-play narrative.
NOTES: Stephen Gonsalves was hit in the back on a ball hit by Pedro Alvarez in the fourth inning. Gonsalves recovered to throw Alvarez out at first base and stayed in the game....Daniel Palka had two hits, increasing his hit streak to six games.
NEXT HOME GAME
FRIDAY, AUGUST 11 (7:05 PM) vs. NORFOLK TIDES (Orioles)
**GATES OPEN AT 5:30**
SURVIVORS NIGHT - In celebration of Survivors Night, the Wilmot Cancer Institute is offering $4 tickets to all fans. To take advantage of this offer, go to TicketReturn.com and sign in using username: Survivors and password: Night
POST-GAME FIREWORKS - It's our annual Elvis-themed fireworks show presented by the Wilmot Cancer Institute.
WINGS SALUTE THE KING - featuring performance from Elvis tribute artist Patrick Johnson courtesy of H&R Block.
Get complete promotions info and ticket ordering links anytime at RedWingsBaseball.com/Fun
UPCOMING PROBABLE PITCHERS
8/11 vs NOR 7:05 pm RHP Tyler Wilson (5-6, 4.69 ) vs.LHP David Hurlbut (8-6, 3.78)
8/12 vs. NOR 7:05 pm RHP Mike Wright (3-4, 3.62) vs. RHP Aaron Slegers (12-4, 3.22)
8/13 vs NOR 1:35 pm Gabriel Ynoa (4-8, 6.05) vs TBA
VISUALS FROM THE BALLPARK
Messenger Post Media presents THE PICS OF THE DAY.
Click here for batting practice shots, pre-game on-field promotions like the Zweigle's Honorary Coach and Toyota Play Ball Kid, Anthem and first pitch, and in-game action shots from our talented staff of photographers.
Instagram: Follow RocRedWings
Follow the Wings on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat @RocRedWings
LISTEN Radio and Webcast information | WATCH MiLB.TV subscription information
THIS DAY IN RED WINGS HISTORY
1983 - Wings' pitcher Julian Gonzalez won a 4-3 decision in the first game of a double header against the Pawtucket Red Sox at Silver Stadium. The win was Gonzalez's fifth straight and fifteenth on the season, making him the winningest pitcher in the entire Orioles organization.
2005 - The Rochester Red Wings' three-game win streak ended Wednesday night at Frontier Field after a 7-6 loss to the Ottawa Lynx. Chris Heintz had a hit and two RBI, extending his hitting streak to 16 games - best of the season for a Rochester batter. The teams smacked 14 hits apiece in a game that featured four home runs and five double plays.
2006 - After taking a big lead early, the Red Wings nearly let the Buffalo Bisons back in the game Thursday night at Frontier Field...The Wings jumped out to a 6-0 advantage, powered by home runs from Garrett Jones and Gil Velazquez, and held on to win 6-5 behind a solid debut from Levale Speigner.
THIS DAY IN INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE HISTORY
2003 - 26-year-old Pawtucket right-hander Bronson Arroyo tosses the fourth 9-inning perfect game in International League history by beating the Buffalo Bisons 7-0 at McCoy Stadium. Arroyo needs just 101 pitches (73 strikes) to complete his masterpiece. He strikes out nine to go along with the ten fly-outs and eight ground-outs he produces from the 27 Buffalo hitters. Only three times during the game does Arroyo even reach a 3-ball count. Arroyo would ultimately win 12 games for Pawtucket in
2003 with 155 strikeouts, the second highest total in franchise history. On August 22 he was promoted to the Boston Red Sox, days before being named the IL's Most Valuable Pitcher.
BORN ON THIS DAY
1874 - Herbert Hoover, 31st US President (R: 1929-1933), ... 1897 - Jack Haley [John Joseph], American actor (The Wizard of Oz, Ford Star Revue),... 1960 - Antonio Banderas, Spanish actor (Philadelphia, Evita, Zorro).
IT HAPPENED THIS DAY
1971 - Harmon Killebrew of the Minnesota Twins hit his 500th home run in the first inning off Baltimore's Mike Cuellar to become the 10th player to hit 500 or more in a career. Killebrew also hit No. 501 off Cuellar, but the Orioles won, 4-3.
1981 - Major League Baseball resumed play after a two-month strike. In the Cardinals-Phillies game at Philadelphia, attended by 60,561 fans, Pete Rose broke Stan Musial's National League hit record when he singled for his 3,631st hit. It came off Mark Littell in the eighth inning.
1995 - Ball Night at Dodger Stadium turned into the first forfeit in the majors in 16 years. Los Angeles forfeited a game to the St. Louis Cardinals after fans threw souvenir baseballs onto the field three times. The game was called with one out in the bottom of the ninth.
NUMBER ONE SONG ON THIS DAY
1999- Christina Aguilera - Genie In A Bottle... 2004 - Juvenile feat. Soulja Slim - Slow Motion - I'll Be Missing You...2012- Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.