Home sweet home: Red Wings continue dominance at Frontier Field with 2-1 win
Updated: Sunday, June 1 2014, 10:38 PM EDT
Yohan Pino, Aaron Thompson and Ryan Pressly held down the Gwinnett offense for the third straight game, as the Red Wings edged the Braves 2-1 Sunday afternoon at Frontier Field. The series concludes Monday evening at 7:05 p.m.; fans can get $2 off tickets ordered online using the Special Offer Code BEATTHEBRAVES. Monday's game also permits the first 500 kids ages 12 and under to eat free, and season seat holders to redeem any unused tickets for a reserved seat.
Pino came into the contest with the best record of any Wings starters and leading the league with two shutouts. This was Pino's first start since 5/9 in Toledo amidst the Wings' eight-game losing streak, where he pitched just 2 1/3 innings and gave up four hits and three earned runs.
Gus Schlosser took the mound for Gwinnett, after going 3-0 and posting a 4.58 ERA in his last three starts. He helped the G-Braves to an 8-3 win over Pawtucket on 5/27, allowing five hits and three runs over 6 2/3 innings of work.
Meet Darryl Strawberry June 12Pino continued his season-long streak of holding his opponents hitless in the first inning, retiring the G-Braves' first three batters.
Schlosser walked both James Beresford and Chris Colabello in the home half of the first. A groundout from Brad Nelson allowed them to advance to second and third, but Wilkin Ramirez struck out swinging to end the frame.
The Wings mounted another threat in the bottom of the second as Dan Rohlfing and Pedro Florimon both singled to start the Wings' half of the inning. Doug Bernier then bunted down the third base line, loading the bases with no outs. Chris Rahl struck out swinging before Eric Farris grounded into a double play, bringing the inning to a close without a Wings tally.
The G-Braves would get on the board first in the top of the third, with Steve Lerud hitting a triple off of Pino and then touching home plate on Ozzie Martinez's groundout, giving Gwinnett their first lead of the series.
The Wings offense came to life in the bottom of the fifth. Farris was hit by Schlosser's pitch before Beresford doubled to give the Wings runners on second and third. Colabello singled down the third base line and third baseman Edward Salcedo threw to home, but catcher Steve Lerud bobbled the ball, allowing Farris to score. Nelson forced Colabello out at second as Beresford made it home, giving the Wings a 2-1 lead. Ramirez then doubled, allowing Nelson to reach third, but Rohlfing struck out, stranding Ramirez and Nelson.
Schlosser (3-2) pitched six innings and allowed five hits and two unearned runs, walking two and striking out eight.
When the Braves put the tying run on base with one out in the eighth inning, Wings manager Gene Glynn made a call to the bullpen for left-hander Thompson. Pino exited having worked 7 1/3 innings and allowing just three hits, one earned run and a walk while striking out four. Pino (7-1) threw 87 pitches, 57 for strikes.
Thompson got pinch-hitter Christian Bethancourt to pop out to first base for the second out, and a groundout ended the threat and the half-inning.
Pressly took the mound in the ninth for the Red Wings, working around a jam helped out by a diving stop by Beresford.
Pressly picked up his second save. The Wings bullpen is now 8-for-8 in save opportunities over the last 17 games, with those saves recorded by five different pitchers.