Sunday, May 18, 2008

Rochester fails to hold Syracuse rally

Rochester Red Wings,Minnesota Twins

Rochester 2 at Syracuse 3

W: J. De Jong (2-1, 3.91); L: T. Lahey (1-3, 3.94)
HR: None.

The Rochester Red Wings lost what can only be called a pitching duel on Saturday. Danny Graves took the start for Twins farm and allowed 1 run on six hits over 4 innings.

Denard Span opened up the game with a double, but it was wasted as the wings stranded Span on 3rd. Rochester would not break the eggs until Sergio Santos doubled in the second inning with 2 outs, then came home on a Tommy Watkins fly ball to left field.

In the bottom of the fourth, Graves allowed back-to-back-to-back singles to Buck Coats, Curtis Thigpen and Chip Cannon, the last one served to plate Coats for the Chief's first run.

The score would then remain tied through a number of relievers, with the game going into extra innings.

Mike Gallo would step onto the mound for Syracuse, and would hit Randy Ruiz with a pitch. Chris Basak replaced Ruiz as a pinch runner. Garrett Jones' fly ball to center moved Basak to 3d, and a Jose Morales double plated him. Jones would try to go home, and would be taken out at the plate. Jordan de Jong was then inserted into the game to get the last two outs and retiring the side.

It would be up to Tim Lahey to prove his mettle as Rochester top closer. He'd get Cannon to fly out, but Erik Krantz singled. He'd be replaced by Eric Nielsen as a pinch runner. A fielding error by former Miracle Garrett Jones allowed Marcos Cabral to reach. Wings field manager Stan Cliburn felt it prudent to replace Lahey at this point, bringing in Carmen Cali, who - after a coaching visit to the mound - allowed a double which brought in the runners, ending the game.

Lahey would be charged with the loss, his 3rd of the season, Cali earned the blown save.

Span was 2-for-2 at the plate with 3 walks, but got no support from his teammates. Morales was 3-for-5 with an RBI and Watkins was 2-for-5 with an RBI.

Brian Buscher stretched his hitting streak to nine games with a one-out double in the third inning.

The Red Wings and Syracuse Chiefs play in the Cooperstown Classic Sunday, featuring Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk. First pitch is due at 2:00 PM, Eastern Time.

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