Sunday, June 29, 2008

Matt's the Man; Wings top Pawsox in ten

Rochester Red Wings

Pawtucket 6 at Rochester 8

W: T. Lahey (4-5, 5.31); L: J. Switzer (3-1, 5.02)
HR: PAW: J. Van Every (18), G. Velazquez (2). ROC: M. Macri (2), T. Watkins (1).

The Rochester Red Wings found three runs in the 10th inning to take a win over the Pawtucket Red Sox at Frontier Field. Pawtucket had used a late inning rally to tie the game at five, sending the contest into the decisive extra inning.

The Pawsox would put Charlie Zink on the mound to start and he worked well throught the first two. In the top of the 3rd, Jeff Christy lead off with a single against him and would move to second on a sac-bunt by Denard Span. Jason Pride doubled out to right to score Christy.

Tommy Watkins hit a solo shot home run, his first of the season, off the Pawsox righty in the fourth.

Kevin Mulvey took the start for the Red Wings and would allow a homer as well, this time to former Wing Gil Valazquez, who knocked his second of the season over the left field fence in the top of the fifth.

Following a fly out to Span in the bottom of the stanza, Pride would single out to right. Darnell McDonald lined out before Garrett Jones took a walk. Randy Ruiz singled in Pridie, and Matt Macri doubled to drive in the two runners, making it 5-1 Wings.

Zink would finish up allowing 5 runs on nine hits and 3 walks while striking out 4 over six. Mulvany would last into the seventh.

Bryan Pritz and Valezequez singled off the Wings starter, who then got Jon Van Every to line out to center. Following a coaching visit to the mound, and a fly out by Jeff Baily to right, Mulvey would be lifted in favor of Mariano Gomez. The Honduras lefty has been stellar for the Wings this season, but he'd allow back-to-back singles to Joe Thurston and Jed Lowrie to see Pritz and Velazquez across the plate.

The runs would be charged to Mulvey, who finished up with 3 earned runs on six hits and one walk while striking out 3 over 6.2 innings.

Bobby Korecky worked the eighth for the Wings and returned for the ninth, getting Van Every out on strikes to start the inning. Bailey singled and Thurston tripled him in. A fielding error by Randy Ruiz allowed Lowrie to reach and Thurston to score, tying the game.

Tim Lahey took over the pitching for Rochester in the 10th, and allowed a single shot home run to Van Every, who put his 18th of the year over the center field fence.

Garrett Jones would triple off Pawtucket's Jon Switzer in the bottom half of the extra inning and come in on a Ruiz single to tie the score. Sergio Santos would replace Ruiz as a pinch runner, but the move proved unnecessary as Macri cracked his second home run of the season over the left field wall for the game inning runs.

Ruiz and Macri both finish up 3-for-5 with a run each, Pridie with 1 RBI, and Macri with 4 RBIs. Pridie was 2-for-5 with a run and a RBI. Span, Jones, Watkins and Christy had the other hits for the Wings.

McDonald went 0-for-5, ending an eight-game hitting streak. The Wings outfielder drilled a line shot up the middle in the 10th, but was robbed of a base hit on a great fielding play by pitcher Lincoln Holdzkom.

The rubber game of the series is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 1:35 p.m. Pawtucket's Devern Hansack (3-8) faces Rochester's Brian Duensing (4-7).

Red Wings
RD&C: Cliburns
RD&C:IL Hall of Fame

Evidently, Rochester was the place to be if you were looking for some baseball. 84 degrees, clear and with a mild wind out to left field. The same could not be said for New Britain, or Fort Myers, for that matter.

New Britain at New Hampshire - Postponed

Saturday's game between the New Britain Rock Cats and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats was postponed due to rain. The teams will not play a single-admission double header on Sunday starting at 12:05 PM eastern time. The second game will begin approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first contest.

Both games will be seven inning affairs.

The Rock Cats continue to look for their first win in this seven game home-and-home series against the Fisher Cats. New Hampshire right-hander Robert Ray (3-0, 0.78) starts game one against New Britain lefty Kyle Aselton (3-2, 5.03). In game two, righty Julio Pinto (4-2, 7.52) is slated to pitch for the Fishers against Rock Cat right-hander Jeff Manship (0-2, 5.40).

Fisher Cats/OSC
Union Leader

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