Thursday, May 8, 2008

Wings limp home on 6 game losing streak

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The Red Wings continued their struggles Thursday, dropping both games of Businessman's special double header against the Columbus Clippers.

Rochester 1 at Columbus 5

W: C. Balester (3-2, 3.41); L: K. Mulvey (2-4, 4.03)
HR: COL: R. Olmedo (2).

Kevin Mulvey would take the start in game one, allowing 5 Clippers runs - 3 earned - on 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 2 over 5 innings.

Columbus Ray Olmedo singled in the bottom of the 3rd, then moved to second on Tommy Murphy's sac bunt, but a throwing error by Mulvey allowed Murphy to make it to first. Pete Orr then took a walk to load the bags. Mulvey would issue another walk, this time to Elijah Dukes to force in a run. Ryan Langerhans' ground out severed to plate Murphy, and one out later, with Larry Broadway at the plate, a wild pitch by Mulvey allowed Orr to score to give the Clippers a big 3 run lead.

Brian Buscher singled in the top of the 4th, But Howie Clark would ground into a force out. Following a fly out to Garrett Jones, Chris Basak singled out left, and combined with a pair of errors on the same play by Dukes, scored Clark. That would be it for the Wings though.

Seven different Rochester players put a hit each on the board, but Clark's lone run would stand.

Olmedo hit his second home run of the season in the bottom of the 4th for the Nationals farm team. In the 5th, Dukes singled out to left, stole 2nd then came home on an Alex Escobar single to make it 5-1 Clippers.


Rochester 4 at Columbus 6

W: T. Clippard (2-3, 4.34); L: H. Totten (0-1, 4.12); SV: C. Manning (4)
HR: ROC: J. Morales (2). COL: J. Dubois 2 (3).

The Wings got more offense going in game two, but starter Heath Totten set Rochester in a big hole which proved too much for them to overcome.

With one out on the board in the bottom of the first, Pete Orr doubled. Elihah Dukes took a walk and a Ryan Langerhans single brought in Orr. Jason Dubois then hit his second home run of the season to bring in 3 more.

The Wings would not try to make a come back until the top of the 3rd inning when Denard Span doubled with 2 outs on the board. Jason Pridie then hit his 4th double of the season, driving in Span, but Darnell McDonald ground out to end the inning.

Garrett Jones took a walk in the fifth, then came home on a Randy Ruiz double out to left. Jose Morales singled, but Chris Basak hit into a double play to end the inning.

Carmen Cali replaced Totten in the bottom of the fourth and allowed a single to Yurendell de Caster. A sac-bunt by Ray Olmedo moved de Caster to 2nd, and a Javi Herrera double served to plate him, giving the Clippers another run. Jason Dubois his his 2nd home run of the game, his third of the season, in the bottom of the 5th to mke it Clippers 6, Wings 2.

Ruiz hit a ground-rule double to start out the top of the 7th, and Morales, a former Miracle, went yard to bring in two, but despite a single to Span, the Wings could find no more runs. Pridie's ground out gave the Clippers a sweep of the series.

Span was 2-for-4 in the game with a run, and Morales and Ruiz were both 2-for-3 with a run each, Morales with 2 RBIs and Ruiz with one.

The Wings return home to Frontier Field with a six game losing streak. They begin an eight game homestand on Friday night against the Buffalo Bisons. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM.

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