The Rochester Red Wings lost to the Pawtucket Red Sox 7-2 Sunday night at Frontier Field. The defeat, combined with Lehigh Valley's doubleheader sweep Sunday, means the International League wild card race will come down to the final game of the regular season Monday. Lehigh Valley and the Red Wings are tied for the wild card spot with a game to play, and the IronPigs own the tiebreaker; the Wings will need to win Monday's regular season finale and have Lehigh Valley lose Monday for the Wings to snag the wild card spot
Monday's game here at 1:35 p.m., is Fan Appreciation Day featuring the FOX Fall Fanfest with an "out of this world" post-game helicopter drop.
Pawtucket jumped ahead early in the game with a four-run second inning off of Wings starting pitcher Hector Santiago. The inning was highlighted by a two-run home run by Matt Dominguez.
The Red Sox added another two-run homer in the fifth inning to make the score 6-0. Bryce Brentz hit his IL-leading 31st home run of the season, which also put an end to Santiago's night.
Santiago went 4.0 innings in a rehab start from the Twins, giving up six earned runs, eight hits, two home runs and one walk. He struck out four batters while throwing 75 pitches (54 strikes). Chris Heston finished the inning in relief.
The PawSox tacked on another run in the top of the sixth inning. Dominguez launched his second home run of the night, to push the lead to 7-0.
Pawtucket starting pitcher Kyle Kendrick started off the game setting down 14 of the first 16 Wings. He worked an efficient 6.0 scoreless innings, throwing 74 pitches (54 strikes), scattering three hits. He added two strikeouts.
Drew Rucinski entered in the eighth inning for the Wings, and tossed two scoreless innings with two walks and two strikeouts.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Wings ended the shutout on a two-run double from Daniel Palka to make the score 7-2.
Winning Pitcher: Kendrick (5-7)
Losing Pitcher: Santiago (1-2)
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NOTES: The game start was delayed 41 minutes by rain and wet grounds...Twins outfielder Robbie Grossman joined the Wings Sunday for a rehab assignment. Grossman was 0-for-4 in Sunday's game, reaching once on a fielding error... Matt Hague added two more hits to improve his IL-leading season total 147 with one game to go; Hague has led the IL in hits three times in his career.
NEXT HOME GAME
FAN APPRECIATION DAY - We'll celebrate another season of Red Wings baseball by giving away prizes to fans all game long! As part of Fan Appreciation Day, the Wings will be wearing the faces of our fans on their jerseys! These #ROCtheSummer Selfie Jerseys will be auctioned off with proceeds benefitting the Red Wings Community Foundation.
KIDS EAT FREE! - The first 500 kids 12 & under will receive a voucher good for a FREE hot dog, soda and snack item thanks to our friends at Basch & Nickerson LLP.
FOX FALL FAN FEST pres. by FOX Rochester - Celebrate the fall premieres of FOX series "The Orville", "The Gifted" and "Ghosted" with free souvenir cups -1st 500 fans - and a pre-game player autograph session. After the game, a FOX "Out of This World" experience helicopter drop with prizes including a behind the scenes VIP tour of "FOX Rochester's Good Day Rochester" set, behind the scenes VIP tour of Frontier Field, Red Wings Diamond Dollars, Team Store merch, and 2018 tickets.
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UPCOMING PROBABLE PITCHERS
9/4 vs PAW 1:35 pm LHP Adalberto Mejia (0-1, 3.04 - rehab start) vs LHP Jalen Beeks (6-6, 3.66)
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THIS DAY IN RED WINGS HISTORY
1990 - Rochester beat Syracuse to set a franchise record with 89 wins in the regular season. The win was the Red Wings eleventh in their final twelve regular season games.
2005 - The Red Wings defeated rival Syracuse 5-1 Saturday in the final home game of the season. 12,251 fans witnessed starting pitcher J.D. Durbin allow just one run over seven innings of work. Josh Rabe's three-run home run in the first was all Durbin needed. Brian Buchanan and Garrett Jones led the second inning off with back-to-back singles before Rabe drilled a three-run homer into the visiting bullpen. The home run gives Rabe 11 for the season in just 88 games played. Buchanan added a two-run blast in the sixth inning, scoring Luis Rodriguez, giving Rochester a 5-1 lead.
THIS DAY IN INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE HISTORY
1926 - Buffalo's William "Big Bill" Kelly crushes his 41st home run of the year to add to his International League record for long balls in a season. He had surpassed the previous high of 34 (Red Wingo, Toronto, 1922) weeks earlier, securing his second IL home run title in three years. Days later Kelly would end the season with 44 homers to go along with his .330 average and 151 RBI, giving him the League's best RBI total for the 3rd straight season. Kelly's playing career ended in 1930, but he remained in baseball for over 20 more years in a variety of positions. In 1954 he was inducted into the IL Hall of Fame, recognized as the only man to play, manage, and umpire in the International League during his career.
BORN ON THIS DAY
1856 - Louis Sullivan, American architect (father of skyscrapers)... 1955 - Steve Jones, rock guitarist (Sex Pistols)... 1965 - Charlie Sheen, [Carlos Estévez], American actor (Wall St, Platoon)
IT HAPPENED THIS DAY
1977 - Japan's Sadaharu Oh hits the 756th home run of his career to surpass Hank Aaron's total and make him the most prolific home run hitter in professional baseball history.
1981 - The Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners played the longest game in Fenway Park's history, 19 innings, before the game was suspended with the score tied 7-7. The Mariners won 8-7 in 20 innings when the game resumed the next day.
NUMBER ONE SONG ON THIS DAY
1995 - Coolio, "Gangsta's Paradise" 1998 - Aerosmith, "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" 2003 - Nelly, P. Diddy and Murphy Lee, "Shake Ya Tailfeather"
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