Red Wings starter Hector Santiago was making a rehab start from the Twins, and he ran into trouble in the top of the first inning after back-to-back walks and an RBI single gave Columbus an early 1-0 lead.
Rochester quickly answered when Daniel Palka hit a solo home run off Clippers starter Shawn Morimando in the bottom of the first inning, his eleventh of the season, tying the game at 1-1.
A bases loaded, two-RBI single by Tommy Field gave Rochester a 3-1 advantage in the bottom of the third inning.
After leading off the bottom of the fourth inning with a triple, Engelb Vielma scored on an infield single by Palka, extending Rochester's lead to 4-1. ByungHo Park added an RBI single later in the inning to make it a 5-1 ballgame.
Columbus cut into the deficit in the top of the fifth inning after a walk and a two-run home run brought the Clippers to within two at 5-3.
Alex Wimmers relieved Santiago following the home run. The Red Wings starter finished with 4.1 innings pitched, allowing three earned runs on two hits, six walks and four strikeouts. He threw 98 pitches - 52 for strikes.
A bases-clearing, three-RBI double by Matt Hague gave Rochester a five-run advantage in the bottom of the fifth inning. The hit improved Rochester's team batting average with the bases loaded to an impressive .345 on the season. Niko Goodrum contributed an RBI single of his own in the inning, making the score 9-3 in favor of Rochester. Palka was ejected by home plate umpire Shane Livensparger following a call made at first base.
Morimando was replaced with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning. He finished with 4.1 innings of work, giving up eight earned runs on nine hits, six walks and three strikeouts. He threw 97 pitches - 56 for strikes.
The Red Wings added two more insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh inning on an RBI single by Goodrum and a fielder's choice by Park, extending the Rochester lead to 11-3.
Mason Melotakis came in for Wimmers to begin the top of the eighth inning. Wimmers allowed only one hit and struck out six in 2.2 innings of work. Melotakis added two scoreless innings.
Winning Pitcher: Wimmers (4-3)
Losing Pitcher: Morimando (10-8)
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NOTES: 1B Kennys Vargas was recalled by the Twins, who placed LHP Adalberto Mejia on the disabled list.
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 10 (7:05 PM) vs. NORFOLK TIDES (Orioles)
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THIS DAY IN RED WINGS HISTORY
1932 - Rochester pitcher Ray Starr pitched two complete games in a double header against Jersey City. He lost the opener 2-1, but game back to win the second decision in a 6-1 Red Wing victory.
1933 - Rochester Red Wings absorbed two losses against the Newark Bears, 8-5 and 7-2. The losses drop the Wings to a tie for second place with Baltimore.
2005 - The Rochester Red Wings offense continued to hit and Francisco Liriano continued to dominate as the Wings won the morning game of a day/night doubleheader 7-3 over the Ottawa Lynx Tuesday morning at Frontier Field. Liriano (7-1) continued his dominance of the International League throwing 7 shutout innings, giving up 4 hits, striking out only 4 and walking 3. Liriano's personal scoreless streak has run to 26 innings, and he has allowed only 1 earned run in his last 43 innings pitched...Luis Maza's three-run homer in the 11th inning gave the Red Wings a 7-4 win over the Ottawa Lynx, in the conclusion of Tuesday's day/night doubleheader at Frontier Field. The Wings took both games and moved to within a half-game of first place Buffalo in the International League North Division.
THIS DAY IN INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE HISTORY
1998 - The International League becomes the first National Association League to draw 5 million fans in a single season. Bolstered by the Triple-A realignment and expansion that gave the League 14 clubs, the IL shatters Minor League Baseball's all-time attendance record for a single season in 1998. Large crowds in Columbus, Norfolk, Ottawa, Rochester, and Toledo, plus attendances in excess of 10,000 in Buffalo and Indianapolis push the League over the 5 million mark on this historic August day. Less than three weeks later the IL will reach the once unthinkable total of 6 million fans, ultimately finishing the season with a League-wide attendance of 6,481,906. Buffalo set the IL's alltime attendance record for a club, drawing 768,749 fans in 1998.
BORN ON THIS DAY
1928- Bob Cousy, NBA guard (Boston Celtics, 1957 MVP), born in Manhattan, NYC ...1950- Chris Haney, Canadian journalist who created the board game "Trivial Pursuit", born in Welland, Ontario (d. 2010)... 1967- Deion Sanders, American NFL corner-back/wide receiver and MLB player (Dallas Cowboys and NY Yankees), born in Fort Myers, Florida
IT HAPPENED THIS DAY
1946 - All Major League baseball games (four in the American League and four in the National League) are played at night for the first time in Major League history.
1981 - Baseball returned following the strike with the All-Star game in Cleveland before a crowd of 72,086. Gary Carter of the Montreal Expos hit two home runs to give the National League a 5-4 triumph over the American League. Vida Blue became the first pitcher to win an All-Star game in both leagues. His American League victory came in 1971 at Detroit.
1998 - Dennis Martinez of the Braves records his 244th career victory, surpassing Juan Marichal as the winningest Latin American pitcher. Ironically, Martinez's 7-5 win comes against the Giants, Marichal's former team. Martinez had retired in 1997 two wins shy of Marichal's mark, but he returned in 1998 as a spot starter and occasional stopper in the Atlanta bullpen.
NUMBER ONE SONG ON THIS DAY
1987- U2 - I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For... 1997- Puff Daddy and Faith Evans feat. 112 - I'll Be Missing You...2007- Sean Kingston - Beautiful Girls
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