Brian Dinkelman had three hits to help the Red Wings beat the Charlotte Knights 4-3 Thursday night at Frontier Field. The Wings host the Knights again Friday at 7:05 p.m., with fireworks after the game.
Rochester starter Andrew Albers came into the game having allowed just two earned runs over his last 24 2/3 innings pitched (four starts), but ran into trouble early on Thursday. The Knights loaded the bases with one out, but a flashy double play from shortstop Doug Bernier to second baseman Ray Olmedo to first baseman Jeff Clement ended the threat.
The Red Wings put together a second inning scoring opportunity against Charlotte starter Jason Berken (3-4) , with a pair of two-out singles from Chris Herrmann and Dinkelman. Bernier followed with a single to left field on a 1-2 pitch, scoring Herrmann from second base for a 1-0 Rochester lead.
Charlotte's Josh Phegley doubled with one out in the top of the fourth. Lars Anderson singled up the middle to score Phegley from second to tie the game at 1-1. After a base hit, Carlos Sanchez had a bloop single to score Anderson to give the Knights a 2-1 lead.
After Knights third baseman Brent Morel dropped a pop up in foul territory, Dinkelman got a second chance and doubled down the right field line to start the fifth inning. After a fly ball out, Danny Lehmann singled up the middle to score Dinkelman and tied the game at 2-2. The next batter, Antoan Richardson tripled to right, scoring Lehmann and giving the lead back to the Wings 3-2. Olmedo hit a fly ball to center deep enough to score Richardson from third, extending the Wings lead 4-2.
Albers (2-2) gave up a single and a double to start the top of the seventh. Aaron Thompson came into relief with runners on second and third and no outs. Thompson got the first batter he faced to pop out to Bernier. Morel hit a sacrifice fly to center to score a run, cutting into the Wings' lead 4-3. A ground out to Olmedo ended the threat for the Knights. Albers went six innings giving up three runs, and striking out six.
The Wings came out in the bottom of the seventh trying to add on to the one run lead when Dinkelman doubled to right. After Bernier singled, Rochester had runners on first and third with no outs. But the Wings couldn't get any across the plate, after a strikeout, line out, and a pop out ended the inning.
Thompson retired all nine batters he faced, striking three and recording his first save.
Albers saw his streak of 23 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run end when the Knights scored in the fourth inning.
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