Wings edge Tides 3-2

Slegers stellar again on mound

Aaron Slegers won his league-leading 13th game Saturday.

By Nick Sciarratta and Greg Jubert / Rochester Red Wings | August 12, 2017 8:39 PM ET

The Rochester Red Wings edged the Norfolk Tides 3-2 Saturday night at Frontier Field. The series and homestand concludes Sunday at 1:35 p.m. with Birdzerk! performing during the game, and the "Wings of Hope" jersey and cap auction.

 

Norfolk wasted no time in taking the lead in the top of the first, when a Pedro Alvarez single off of Aaron Slegers gave the Tides an early 1-0 lead.

Rochester looked to bounce back in the bottom half of the inning when Mitch Garver reached on an error with two outs off Mike Wright. Garver has now reached base safely in 10 straight games dating back to Aug. 1. Kennys Vargas singled to give the Red Wings runners on first and second, but both were left stranded after a groundout.

In the bottom of the third, the Red Wings led the inning off with back-to-back singles by Zack Granite and Daniel Palka, giving Rochester runners on first and second with nobody out. With his single, Palka extended his hitting streak to eight games since Aug. 5. A double play and strikeout however left Rochester continuing to trail by one.

The Red Wings started the bottom of the fourth with a runner on after a Matt Hague walk. In the next at bat, ByungHo Park delivered a two-run home run to deep left for his 10th of the season, giving Rochester their first lead of the game, 2-1.

Garver helped add on to the Rochester lead in the bottom of the fifth with two outs, when he sent a ball an estimated 412 ft. for his 17th home run of the season, giving Rochester a 3-1 lead.

After the Garver home run, Wright was pulled after 4.2 innings of work. In his 4.2 innings on the mound, he allowed six hits and three runs (all earned), while walking two and striking out two on 83 pitches, 53 for strikes. Former Wing Jason Wheeler relieved Wright.

The Tides cut into the Rochester lead in the top of the sixth when an Alvarez sacrifice fly brought the score back to a one-run game, 3-2.

Slegers pitched 7.1 innings for Rochester before being replaced by Mason Melotakis. In his 7.1 innings, Slegers allowed eight hits and two earned runs while striking out six on 104 pitches, 72 for strikes. He now leads the league with 13 wins. Melotakis picked up his first Triple-A save. 

 

Winning Pitcher: Slegers (13-4) 
Losing Pitcher: Wright (3-5) 
Save: Melotakis (1) 
Box Score - Click here for the box score and play-by-play narrative.

 

NOTES: On Thursday LHP Stephen Gonsalves became the 22nd different starting pitcher used by the Red Wings this season, most by any International League club...The Wings have used 38 different pitchers so far this season, a club record...The Wings have had 147 transactions so far this season, 13 more than the 2016 total.

 

NEXT HOME GAME

SUNDAY, AUGUST 13 (1:35 PM) vs. NORFOLK TIDES (Orioles) 

BIRDZERK APPEARANCE - BirdZerk, a hilarious entertainment act for Red Wings fans of all ages, makes his annual trek to Frontier Field on Sunday.

WINGS OF HOPE: Rochester Community Baseball, Sharing Kindness, Inc., and Villa of Hope present "Wings of Hope" to raise awareness of suicide risk factors, suicide prevention and community resources for treatment. The event which includes a jersey auction takes place Sunday, August 13 - presented by McDonald's and Young Explosives.

KIDS RUN THE BASES - All kids 12 and under will have the chance to run the bases with Spikes & Mittsy following each Sunday home game courtesy of the Burger Bar at Wegmans Pittsford.
 
KNOT HOLE GANG KIDS CLUB DAY - Join the best kids club in baseball! For just $20 your child will receive 3 tickets good for any Sunday game during the 2017 season, a members-only cap, membership card and lanyard, stadium cup, bumper sticker, opportunity for cool VIP experiences and much more courtesy of Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield.

YOUTH FOR CHRIST SHOE DONATION SUNDAY - Youth For Christ and Re-Run Shoes are sponsoring a shoe drive at all Sunday home games in 2017. Please consider donating your gently-used athletic shoes, including cleats.

Get complete promotions info and ticket ordering links anytime at RedWingsBaseball.com/Fun

 

UPCOMING PROBABLE PITCHERS
8/13 vs NOR 1:35 pm RHP Tim Melville (3-3, 2.55) vs. RHP Gabriel Ynoa (4-8, 6.05)
8/15 @ COL 7:05 pm TBA vs. TBA
8/16 @ COL 7:05 pm TBA vs. TBA
8/17 @ COL 12:05 pm TBA vs. TBA

 

 

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THIS DAY IN RED WINGS HISTORY

2001 - Eddie Grabito scored from second on Darnell McDonald's two out grounder in the eleventh inning to score the only run in Rochester's 1-0 victory over Pawtucket at Frontier Field. Grabito's run was Rochester's first in 34 innings.

2006 - Buffalo starter Hyang-Nam Choi (7-5) pitched 6.0 very strong innings and Bisons right fielder Jonathan Van Every went 4-for-4, as Buffalo defeated Rochester 6-2 Saturday night at Dunn Tire Park... Kevin West drove in the lone runs for Rochester.

THIS DAY IN INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE HISTORY

1929 - Reading outfielder George Quellich caps off one of the most impressive streaks in IL history by blasting a grand slam against the Montreal Royals. The four-bagger is his 15th consecutive hit, a record that has never been bested at any level of professional baseball. During Reading's game against Toronto August 9, Quellich collected three hits in a row (a single, a double, and a home run). The next day against Montreal he went 6-6 with five singles and a homer, followed by two more home runs and two more singles the following day. He singles and hits the grand slam on August 12 before finally being retired in his third at-bat by Elam Vangilder. Immediately following the end of his incredible string, Quellich goes 13 for his next 18. For the year he hits .347 with 31 HR and 130 RBI. His only taste of the Major Leagues would come two years later with Detroit.

BORN ON THIS DAY

1910 - Jane Wyatt, American actress (Father Knows Best, Star Trek)... 1971- Pete Sampras, tennis champ (14 grand slam titles),... 1975 - Casey Affleck, American actor.

IT HAPPENED THIS DAY

1948 - The Cleveland Indians beat the St. Louis Browns 26-3 with a 29-hit barrage. The Indians set a major league record as 14 different players had hits.

1964 - Mickey Mantle homers from each side of the plate in the same game for the tenth and final time, a major league record, as New York beats Chicago 7-3 at Yankee Stadium.

1994 - The players went on strike for the sport's eighth work stoppage since 1972.

NUMBER ONE SONG ON THIS DAY

1979 - Chic - Good Times... 1989 - Richard Marx - Right Here Waiting... 2002 - Nelly feat. Kelly Rowland - Dilemma

 

 

 

 

 

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