While I was busy with a recent attack of death by baseball, I've been ignoring some of the game reports and none so much as the Rochester Red Wings. Hopefully, I'll be able to get caught up and back on track shortly.
Friday: Norfolk 11 at Rochester 5
W: R. Keisler (1-1, 4.36); L: D. Graves (3-4, 5.92)
HR: NOR: J. Fiorentino (2). ROC: R. Ruiz (14).
Danny Graves got off to a bad start Friday night, with the Norfolk Tide rolling over him for six runs en-route to an 11-5 win over the Rochester Red Wings.
Tike Redman opened with a double and Eider Torres followed that up with a single, then stole 2nd. Oscar Salazar popped out, and Graves would walk Mike Costanzo to load the bags. Luis Terrero's line drive single brought in Redman and Torres. A wild pitch by Graves advanced Costanzo and Terrero, leading to Jeff Fiorentio's single that plated the Tide's third baseman. Omir Santos then singled to drive in Terrero. A coaching visit to the mound did little calm Graves and he allowed a single to Chris Roberson. Fiorentino would be taken out at home as he tried to run in from second, but Santos ended up at 3rd on the play. Roberson then stole 2nd and a Luis Herandez ground ball single to left brought in the two runners. Batting around the order, Redman would fly out to retire the Tide for the time being.
Jason Pridie doubled and came home when Trevor Plouffe reached on a fielding error by Salazar. Darnell McDonald would ground into a double play however and Garrett Jones went down on strikes, so the Wings did not do much to get themselves out the early hole they were in.
Philip Humber would take over the mound for the top of the 2nd inning and keep the Tide off the board for one. Fiorentino would go yard in the top of the 3rd however. Despite a double to Santos and a walk to Roberson, Humber would get Hernandez to fly out and Redman to pop out to send the Wings to the plate.
The Red Wings pitchers had not allowed a homer in 29 innings before Fiorentino's round tripper.
Ryan Jorgenson would single in the bottom of the 3rd, and two outs later move to 2nd on McDonald ground ball single to 3rd. Jones would send a grounder to third to plate Joregenson before Ruiz flew out to end the inning.
The top of the fourth saw Mariano Gomez replace Humber on the mound. Torres would greet him with a bunt single, then steal 2nd. Salazar would line out and Costanzo would strike out before Torres stole 3rd, then came home on a throwing error by catcher Ryan Jorgensen.
Matt Macri singled and Howie Clarke tripled in the bottom of the stanza to plate him. Sergio Santos would ground out, driving in Clark, making the score 8-4 Tide.
It would stay that way until the bottom of the 8th when Randy Ruiz extended his hitting streak to 24 games with his 14th home run of the season. The Wings would come no closer however.
Norfolk took 3 more runs off reliever Tim Lahey on three hits and a pair of walks.
Macri finished off the game 3-for-4 at the plate, with a run, Jones was 2-for-4 with a run scored. Ruiz, Clark and Jorgensen were all 1-for-4, with runs; Ruiz and Clark with RBIs as well. Pridie was 1-for-5 with a double and a run.
Saturday: Norfolk 7 at Rochester 6
W: A. Mitchell (9-5, 4.62); L: R. Barrett (3-4, 3.06); SV: J. Miller (2)
HR: NOR: O. Salazar (11), M. Costanzo (10). ROC: G. Jones (11).
The Norfolk Tide rallied late and hung on for a one run win over the Rochester Red Wings Saturday at Frontier Field. Randy Ruiz would see his hitting streak ended at 24 games, going 0-for-4 at the plate as the designated hitter.
Jason Pridie singled in the bottom of the 1st, but Howie Clark would ground into a double play. Darnell McDonald doubled however and Garrett Jones hit his 11th home run of the season to give the Wings an early 2 run lead.
Matt Macri would take a walk in the bottom of the second, then steal 2nd base. Following a ground out to Trevor Plouffe, Jeff Chisty singled to plate Macri. Pridie then tripled to drive in Christy for make it 4-0 Wings.
Starting pitcher Kevin Mulvey would deal through the first five innings. The sixth would start with Tike Redman grounding out before Eider Torres singled, and stole 2nd. Oscar Salazar put his 11th home run of the year over the left field wall to put give the Tide two. Mike Costanzo doubled. Mulvey would get Luis Terrero to pop out following a coaching visit to the mound, but Jeff Fiorentio singled, moving Constanzo to 3rd. Former Red Wing Chris Heintz then singled to bring in Costanzo to make it 4-3 Wings. A passed ball by Christy would move the runners and a line drive to center by Roberson brought in two more before Luis Hernandez would line out to bring the Wings up to bat.
Macri would double in the bottom of the stanza and come home on Santos' single to tie up the contest.
Mulvey would finish up allowing 5 run, 4 earned on six hits and a walk. He'd fan only two over six innings. Ricky Barrett would be called to take over for the 7th inning. After putting 2 outs on the board, Salazar would single and Costanzo would put his 10th home run over the right center field wall to give the Tide seven.
The Wings would answer back with Jeff Christy singling, then being replaced by pinch runner Tommy Watkins. Pridie's ground bunt single moved Watkins to 2nd and Clark's sac bunt advanced the runners. Darnell McDonald then sacrificed in Watkins, but the Wings were still one run shy and would stay that way as Kameron Mickolio and Jim Miller kept the Rochester batters quiet for the final two.
Pridie was 3-for-5 at the plate with a triple and a RBI, while Christy was 2-for-3 with a run and a run scored. Clark, McDonald, and Jones were all 1-for-3, Clark being the only one without a run, while McDonald had 1 RBI and Jones had two, as well as a walk. Macri was 1-for-2 with a double, a walk and a pair of runs, while Santos finished up 1-for-4 with a run scored.
Jason Pridie's second inning triple was his 12th of the season, the most for a Red Wing since Tim Hulett in 1989 who finished with 12 triples on the year.
Sunday: Norfolk 6 at Rochester 7
W: B. Korecky (5-3, 3.53); L: J. Miller (2-4, 3.14)
HR: ROC: A. Machado (1).
The Norfolk Tide would turn, so to speak, as the Rochester Red wings found a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth to snag a win for the home town crowd.
As with Saturday's game, the Wings would jump out to an early lead. Jason Pridie would walk, then steal 2nd. Howie Clark would fly out, but Darnell McDonald drew a walk as well. A passed ball by Tide catcher Omir Santos moved Pridie to 3rd and Garrett Jones would sacrifice him in.
Trevor Plouffe would double with one out on the board in the bottom of the 2nd. Alejandro Machado then went yard to score Plouffe, making it 3-0 Wings.
Singles to Tike Redman, Eider Torres and Oscar Salazar put a run on the board for the Tide in the top of the 3rd.
The wings would take it back in the bottom of the fifth, with McDonald doubling and moving to 3rd on Randy Ruiz's single one out later. Matt Macri's sacrifice fly brought in the Wings' left fielder.
Following a pitching change for the Wings, with Mariano Gomez replacing Duensing, the teams exchanged sixth inning runs. Jeff Fiorentio crossed the plate on a Hernandez single for the Tide, while Jeff Christy walked and came home on a Jones line drive to right.
Tim Lahey took over for the 7th, and allowed a double Costanzao. Luis Terrero's ground out moved him ot 3rd and a sac-fly by Santos put him over the plate.
In the 8th, Carmen Cali would see Redman reach on a throwing error by Alejandro Machado. Bobby Korecky would replace Cali and give up a single to Torres that plated Redman, cutting the Wings lead to one.
Fiorentino would double in Terrero in the ninth and come home on a Roberson single, but this time, the Wings had the answer.
Jones would walk and be replaced by pinch runner Tommy Watkins. Watkins then stole 2nd and came home on a Plouffe double. Machado then singled to drive in Plouffe, giving the Wings the win.
Ruiz and Plouffe were both 3-for-5, Plouffe with a pair of doubles, a pair of runs, and a RBI. Machado was 2-for-5 with a run and 3 RBIs. McDonald was 1-for-4 with a walk, a double and a run while Pridie, Jones and Christy each had singles. Pridie added a walk and run, while Jones had a pair of RBIs. Christy had a pair of walks and a run.
The Red Wings host the Toledo Mud Hens starting on Monday. With the win, the Tide and Wings split the series, 2 games each.
Brian Duensing is expected to named to the US Olympic Baseball Team on Monday, as a replacement for LHP Clayton Richard of the White Sox organization. Duensing played for Team USA's gold medal winning squad in last November's World Cup competition. Team USA will play Canada in four games in North Carolina Aug. 1-4; the first Olympic contest is Aug. 13 against Korea in Beijing. (RD&C) Former Miracle/Rock Cat/Red Wing Terry Tiffee is currently part of the USA squad as a member of the LA Dodgers organization.
Elizabethton (Appalachian League, Rookie) right handed pitcher Shooter Hunt is the Twins Minor League Player of the Week for July 12-18. Hunt, 21, pitched 6.0 innings allowing just two hits while striking out 12 batters on July 16. In three professional starts this season he is 0-0 with a 0.64 ERA with 28 strikeouts (two walks) in 14.0 innings. Hunt was drafted 31st overall in the 2008 First-Year Player draft out of Tulane University.