Red Wings run wild, win 6-2
Updated: Thursday, July 25 2013, 01:00 AM EDT
A five-run eighth inning and a strong performance from P.J. Walters propelled the Red Wings to a 6-2 victory over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Wednesday night at Frontier Field. The teams meet again for an 11:05 a.m. Thursday matinee for the final game of the series.
Walters was engaged in a pitcher's duel against Lehigh Valley starter Tyler Cloyd for the first seven innings of the contest. Walters went 7 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on six hits with six strikeouts while his counterpart allowed only one run on two hits in seven innings of work. However, neither pitcher factored into the decision.
Rochester got on the board first with the long ball. With a a full count and two outs in the first, Chris Parmelee slugged his first Triple-A home run of the season over the wall in right center field to put the Red Wings up 1-0. The homer would be the only hit for the Red Wings until the fifth inning.
The IronPigs would gain a 2-1 lead in their half of the second. A single and double put runners on second and third for Steve Susdorf, who drove in the tying run with a sacrifice fly. Oswaldo Arcia's throw from left field nearly caught Cody Overbeck at home, but it drew catcher Eric Fryer away from the plate toward the third-base dugout; Overbeck was able to slide around the reach of a diving Fryer. Leandro Castro drove in Lehigh Valley's second run with a RBI double.
Walters ended top of the second with his first strikeout, catching Tyson Gillies looking at strike three. He earned two more K's in the third, beginning the inning with another called third strike and ending it by fanning Overbeck. Walters settled in after a rough second inning, retiring 15 of the next 16 batters he faced after a third-inning double from Cody Asche. He sat down 11 straight between the third and seventh innings.
Cloyd was equally as impressive on the mound. He surrendered only two hits and only faced three batters over the minimum through six innings. After going four innings without a strikeout, Cloyd struck out five of the seven Red Wings he faced in the fifth and sixth, striking out the side in the sixth inning. Eduardo Escobar's single in the fifth was only hit he would surrender.
In the top of the seventh, Susdorf earned the IronPigs' first hit since the third inning with a single through the right side. The rally didn't last for long, as Walters induced a ground ball to Ray Olmedo at shortstop for the inning-ending double play in the next at-bat. Lehigh Valley was able to get a runner to second in the eighth. Walters issued a walk to Steven Lerud, and he advanced to second on a passed ball.
Edgar Ibarra came on in relief of Walters with one out in the seventh. Pete Orr swung at the first pitch Ibarra threw, hitting a grounder up the middle. Olmedo made a great diving grab to prevent the ball from rolling into center field and threw out Orr on a bang-bang play. Lerud was also forced to hold at third because of the outstanding defensive play. Ibarra then struck out Freddy Glavis, stranding Lerud at third.
Rochester rallied for five runs in the eighth against a pair of wild Lehigh Valley relievers. Jay Johnson walked Eric Farris, and then allowed him to move to second on a passed ball. Fryer's single moved Farris to third and another passed ball allowed the pinch-hitting second baseman to score. Olmedo was hit by the first pitch he saw, and then Parmelee was walked to load the bases before Johnson was yanked in favor of Phillipe Aumont.
Aumont's first pitch to Deibinson Romero went to the backstop, allowing Fryer to score from third and advancing the runners each one base. During the same at-bat, a passed ball scored Olmedo, putting the Red Wings up 4-2. Aumont would eventually walk Romero on a 3-2 pitch. Arcia drove in another run with an RBI double into the right field corner and Jeff Clement's sacrifice fly gave the Red Wings a 6-2 lead.
Ibarra (1-0) stayed in for the ninth, pitching a 1-2-3 winning to secure the win. Johnson (0-1) was tagged with the loss and a blown save after giving up four runs in only one-third of an inning.