The Syracuse Chiefs topped the Rochester Red Wings 7-1 Wednesday afternoon at Frontier Field, sweeping the three-game series. The Wings return home to host Columbus and Gwinnett beginning Friday, April 20 at 6:35 p.m.
Syracuse wasted no time as the first five batters recorded hits off Red Wings starter Dietrich Enns. Nick Marmolejos and Alejandro De Aza had RBI hits to give the Chiefs a 2-0 lead, then Enns settled down and retired the next three batters on flyouts.
In the bottom half of the first, Jake Cave hit the Wings' first home run of the season off Chiefs starter Austin Voth to cut the Chiefs' lead to 2-1.
Syracuse regained their two run lead in the top half of the third inning after an Irving Falu RBI double, making the score 3-1.
In the top of the fourth, Syracuse extended their lead to three runs when Cave attempted a diving catch on a ball hit by Chris Dominguez. The play was scored a double and the Chiefs led 4-1. DJ Baxendale relieved Enns, with Enns allowing four earned runs on nine hits in 3.2 innings Enns issued two walks while picking up a pair of strikeouts and Enns threw 77 pitches, 55 for strikes.
Former Red Wing Bengie Gonzalez chipped in a sacrifice fly and two-run homer to finish the scoring for the Chiefs. .
Voth tossed 5.2 innings allowing one run on three hits, issuing one walk while striking out nine. Voth threw 92 pitches, 63 for strikes.
In the top of the seventh, Mason Melotakis came in to relieve Baxendale. Melotakis allowed the home run to Gonzalez, and fanned four in two innings of work. Jake Reed pitched the ninth inning for the Red Wings, allowing two hits and striking out one.
The Chiefs out-hit the Wings 14-4.
Express Mart Thruway Cup Series: The Red Wings are now 0-3 in the season-long competition for the Thruway Cup.
Winning Pitcher: Voth (1-0)
Losing Pitcher: Enns (0-1)
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NOTES: RHP Myles Jaye will start the road series in Gwinnett Thursday night at 7:05 p.m.; Jaye will be the final member of the Wings' starting rotation to appear. Relievers John Curtiss and Matt Magill are the only remaining relievers yet to appear this season.
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THIS DAY IN RED WINGS HISTORY
1994: Rochester scored four runs in the first inning, then never looked back as they beat the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons 8-1 at Lackawanna County Stadium. Pitcher Jason Satre was impressive in his first start of the season, allowing one earned run in seven innings of work
1979: Behind Dave Ford's complete game effort, the Rochester Red Wings opened up the 1979 season with a resounding 13 to 1 win over Tidewater. Ford allowed only 1 run and 6 hits in going the distance, striking out 5. The offense hammered out 15 hits, as every starter rapped out at least one hit. Mark Corey had a HR and 5 RBI's, and speedster Carlos Lopez got on base 3 times to spearhead the Wings attack. The Wings were up 3 to 0, and with the help of an 8-run outburst in the 5th inning, the Wings cruised on to the victory.
THIS DAY IN INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE HISTORY
1997 - On a frosty night in upstate New York, 13,227 fans pack Frontier Field as a new chapter in Rochester baseball history begins. After calling Silver Stadium their home for 68 years, the Red Wings move into their new park for the 1997 campaign. Despite a 25-minute delay in the 1st inning caused by a faulty pitcher's mound, the new stadium opens to rave reviews. The fans love everything on the first night, except for the play of their Red Wings. After building a 5-0 lead through the first six innings, the Rochester bullpen fails to hold it. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre comes storming back, ultimately pulling ahead on a three-run double by Rob Butler in the 8th and winning 8-5. Rochester fans would have better days ahead though, as Marv Foley's club went on to an 83-58 record and the Governors' Cup Championship in Frontier Field's first season.
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IT HAPPENED THIS DAY
1917 - Babe Ruth beats the Yankees, pitching a three-hit, 10-3 win for the Red Sox in the opener. He is on the way to a 24-13 record and a league-leading 35 complete games in his best year as a pitcher.
1975- In Milwaukee, 48,160 fans brave 37-degree weather to welcome home Hank Aaron. Hank drives in a run as the Brewers beat the Indians 6-2.
NUMBER ONE SONG ON THIS DAY
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