Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Red Wings win at home

Rochester Red Wings

Charlotte 6 at Rochester 7

W: T. Lahey (3-4, 3.22); L: D. Day (0-3, 4.66)
HR: CHA: B. Eldred (18). ROC: G. Jones (4).

It took extra inning to make the hometown crowd happy on Memorial Day, but the Red Wings slipped past the Charlotte Knights in 10. Tim Lahey would pick up his 3rd win o fthe season on the mound, working 2.1 innings without a run or walk, and fanning 4 during that time.

Charlott got on the board in the first inning, when Chris Gentz tripled to start off the game with a boom, and Jason Bourgeois doubled him in. Bourgis would steal 3rd, but Brad Eldred was allowed on first as Bourgeois was taken out at the plate to save the run. Francisco Liriano would strike out Danny Richter - batting 3rd - and Thomas Collaron - batting sixth - to end the inning.

The Red Wings made a definitive statement in the 3rd when Tommy Watkins reached on a fielding error. Jason Pridie doubled and Darnell McDonald tripled to bring in two and take over the lead. Brian Buscher singled in McDonald before Garrett Jones hit his fourth blast of the season over the left field wall, making it 5-1 Wings.

Charlotte would answer back in the top of the fifth. With two outs on the board, Jared Price doubled. Liriano then allowed back-to-back singles to Getz and Beourgeois to drive in one. Richter walked to load the bases, and Eldred when yard for a grand slam over the left center field wall.

Rochester would tie it up in the bottom of the 7th when Tommy Watkins singled, then came home on McDonald's double to center field.

Brian Buscher drew a walk to get on base in the bottom of the 10th. Felix Molina would come into the game as a pinch runner for him and moved to second on Garrett Jones single. Randy Ruiz then singled out to right to bring in Molina for the game winning run.

Jones was 3-for-5 with a run and 2 RBIs, Jose Morales was 2-for-4 but did not factor into the scoring. Watkins, Pridie, McDonald and Ruiz were all 2-for-5, Watkins with 3 runs, Pridie and McDonald with one each, while McDonald had 3 RBIs as well. Ruiz had but 1 RBI, the game winner.

Morales singled off Broadway in the second inning, pushing his hitting streak to 10 games. Morales added another single in his next at-bat, and is now batting .306 for the season.

With the win the Red Wings reached the 20 win mark for the season (52 games). The last time Rochester went this many games into the season to get their 20th win was 2001 when it took until their 54th game (June 2 20-34 record).

The four game series continues tonight at 7:05 eastern time at Frontier Field. Philip Humber (1-5, 5.89) will take the start on the mound for the Red Wings.

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