Rochester 8 at Buffalo 3
W: F. Liriano (1-2, 4.22); L: D. Reichert (0-2, 9.00); SV: R. Barrett (1)
HR: ROC: R. Ruiz (6). BUF: R. Mulhern (5).
Francisco Liriano held the Buffalo Bisons to only 4 hits and 4 walks over six innings, while his team mates doubled their effort at the plate to get the Dominican lefty his first win of the season.
He gave up three runs to the Bisons, and fanned 7 of the 26 batters he faced.
Buffalo's runs came in the bottom of the first inning when Chris De La Cruz opened the proceedings by taking a walk. Jorge Velandia would be hit by a pitch. Following a fly out to Michael Aubrey and a strike out to Todd Linden, Ryan Mulhern would go yard over the left field wall for a 3-0 Bisons lead.
Liriano's batters came back for him in the top of the 3rd with Tommy Watkins walking and Jason Pridie singling to lead off. Darnell McDonald singled to load the bases and Garrett Jones hit a line drive to right to plate two. Howie Clark would triple in McDonald and Jones to put the Wings ahead. Following a pop out to Randy Ruiz, Jose Morales singled in Clark to make it 5-3 wings.
Jeff Stevens would take over the Bison's mound in the top of the 7th, and with a pair of outs on the board, gave up a walk to Clark. Ruiz then homered out to left to score 2. Morales and Sergio Santos would hit back-to-back doubles to bring in one more run, making it 8-3 Wings.
Ricky Barrett handled the final three innings, picking up his first save of the season, allowing no hits or walks, and fanning 5 during his tenure on the mound.
Pridie, McDonald, Jones and Ruiz were all 2-for-5 in the contest with a run each, Jones and Ruiz also had 2 RBIs each. Morales was 2-for-3 with a walk, a run and a run scored. Clark was 1-for-4 with a walk, a pair of runs and a pair of RBIs.
The teams finish up Friday with a 7:35 PM game. Philip Humber (3-5, 5.53) will get the start for the Wings.
Extra Bases (Blog)
The Twins will reinstate righthanded pitcher Scott Baker from the 15-day disabled list in time to start Thursday's game vs. Baltimore. Baker was originally placed on the disabled list May 7 (retro to May 4) with a right groin strain. To make room for Baker on the 25-man roster, the Twins optioned infielder Matt Macri to Triple-A Rochester after Wednesday's game. Since being recalled on May 23, Macri appeared in four games, batting .429 (3-for-7) with a double and one rbi.