Red Wings ripped at home 10-2
Updated: Tuesday, May 27 2014, 11:20 PM EDT
The Syracuse Chiefs jumped out to an early lead and defeated the Red Wings 10-2 Tuesday night at Frontier Field. The series continues Wednesday night, with Alex Meyer on the mound for the Wings, free Mike Mussina magnets (1st 2,500 fans), and $2 off tickets ordered online using the Special Offer Code CRUSHTHECHIEFS
Red Wings left-hander Scott Diamond picked up his first win of the season April 21 in Syracuse, and was coming off a seven-inning effort May 20 against Toledo. Diamond allowed a single in an otherwise easy first inning Tuesday.
Diamond's mound opponent, Ryan Tatusko, has held hitters to just a .197 batting average so far this season - best in the league. Tatusko issued a two-out walk, but struck out two batters in the first inning Tuesday.
RedWingsBaseball.com/FunAfter a quiet first inning the Chiefs were able to jump on Diamond (2-6) in the second. Following a lead-off single, a double, and a walk the Chiefs loaded the bases with no outs. The next batter, Brandon Laird, was able to plate two Chiefs and two batters later Josh Johnson was able to bring home Laird and Brian Goodwin to give the Chiefs an early 4-0 lead. With the four runs in the second, this marked the first time in the last 15 games that a Wings starting pitcher has allowed more than three earned runs in a start.
The Chiefs continued to add to their lead in the top of the third, tacking on one more run to their total. Former Red Wing Brock Peterson drove home Steven Souza, Jr. with a double to extend the Chiefs lead to 5-0.
Diamond's night was done after 3 1/3 innings, giving up nine hits and seven runs on 55 pitches (37 strikes).
Yohan Pino took the ball from Diamond in the fourth, inheriting two base runners in the process. Zach Walters quickly emptied the base paths when he lofted a pitch just over the right field fence. The three-run home run was Walter's first of the season, giving the Chiefs an 8-0 lead.
Tatusko (3-5) retired the Wings in order in the second and third, then worked around two baserunners in both the fourth and fifth innings but kept the Wings scoreless.
Peterson hit his sixth homer of the season to open the sixth against Pino, making the lead 9-0 Syracuse. Pino recovered to strike out the side.
The Wings finally got through to Tatusko in their half of the seventh. Doug Bernier led off with a walk, and went to second on Chris Herrmann's single. Chris Rahl ripped a double down the left field line, with both runners scoring to make it 9-2. Tatusko's night was done, with Ryan Mattheus coming out of the bullpen to notch three outs and end the scoring.
Tatusko allowed six hits over 6 innings, walking three and striking out six.
Deolis Guerra started the eighth inning on the mound for Rochester, allowing a hit and striking out one. Edgar Ibarra worked the ninth, and allowed three hits and a run with two outs.
Johnson and Destin Hood each had three hits for the Chiefs, who out-hit the Red Wings 17-6. Herrmann had two of the six Rochester hits.