Herd slip by Wings in 11
The Rochester Red Wings dropped a 3-2 game in 11 innings to the Buffalo Bisons Friday night at Frontier Field. With Lehigh Valley's win in Pawtucket, the Wings' wild card spot lead slipped to two games. The Wings host the Bisons Saturday night at 6:05 p.m., with fireworks after the game.
Buffalo struck first in the top of the third after a Michael Saunders double off of Wings pitcher Stephen Gonsalves plated Jon Berti making it 1-0 Bisons.
The Rochester offense struggled to get something going offensively against Bisons pitcher Luis Santos. In the first five innings Santos only allowed one hit to the Wings, which was a single by Matt Hague in the second inning.
Levi Michael picked up his first Triple-A hit in style. In the bottom of the sixth inning, he hit a solo home run to deep left center off of Santos tying the game at 1-1.
Gonsalves was relieved in the top of the seventh by Nik Turley. Gonsalves finished with six innings pitched, allowing seven hits, one run, two walks and struck out six on 98 pitches, 58 being for strikes.
In the bottom of the seventh, Niko Goodrum ripped a double that put the go-ahead run on second base with two outs for Rochester. The Red Wings were unable to cash in on this chance and stranded Goodrum to end the inning keeping the game tied at 1-1.
Santos finished with 7.0 innings on the mound, allowing five hits and one earned run. He did not walk a batter, struck out seven, and threw 98 pitches - 58 for strikes.
Turley provided two solid innings of relief work out of the bullpen, allowing no hits and striking out one Bison in the process. In the top of the ninth Turley walked the first batter he faced, and Michael Tonkin came out of the bullpen to take over for Turley. Tonkin got a flyout and two strikeouts to end the threat.
The Wings put a runner on to open their half of the ninth, when Carlos Ramirez walked Hague. ByungHo Park hit a long flyball out to the warning track for the first out, Goodrum struck out for the second out, and Anthony Recker doubled. Hague tried to score the winning run but was thrown out at home to send the game into extra innings.
Tonkin retired all six batters he faced with three strikeouts, and Yohan Pino took over to start the 11th. A pair of singles off Pino, a sacrifice bunt, and an intentional walk gave the Bisons a bases loaded scoring chance with one out. Dwight Smith, Jr's sacrifice fly brought in the go ahead run and the Bisons took a 3-2 lead.
Winning Pitcher: Campos (3-0)
Losing Pitcher: Pino (0-5)
Express Mart Thruway Cup Series: The Red Wings are now 21-11 in the season-long competition for the Thruway Cup.
NOTES: With a record of 11-6 against Syracuse and 10-5 against Buffalo, the Red Wings have clinched the Express Mart Thruway Cup for 2017. The Cup will be formally presented on the field to manager Mike Quade during pre-game ceremonies the weekend of Sept. 1-4...Twins Executive Vice President, Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey is in town for the series, along with Director of Minor League Operations Brad Steil.