Red Wings open homestand with doubleheader sweep
The Rochester Red Wings swept the Charlotte Knights, 5-4 and 3-0 in a Monday night doubleheader at Frontier Field. The series continues on Tuesday, with a weekday matinee first pitch at 11:05 a.m.
David Hurlbut ran into trouble early in the second inning when back-to-back hits led to the opening run for the Knights. Hurlbut was able to avoid further damage when Engelb Vielma made a sparkling play in the field that turned into an inning ending double play.
In the bottom of the third, Edgar Corcino led off the the inning with a single off of Chris Volstad. Three batters later Corcino was brought home on an RBI single by J.B. Shuck, tying the game at 1-1. Rochester took the lead later in the inning after Tommy Field drove in Vielma, making it 2-1. The bases were cleared by the next batter when Matt Hague drove in three runs on a bases-clearing double, extending the Red Wing lead to 5-1.
Hurlbut was relieved in the top of the sixth by Jake Reed. Hurlbut finished with 5.0+ innings pitched, allowing four hits and three runs, walking one and striking out three on 81 pitches, 54 being strikes.
Charlotte cut into the Rochester lead in the top of the sixth by scoring three runs, making the score 5-4 Red Wings.
Volstad finished with 6 innings pitched, allowing seven hits, five runs, four of which were earned, walking one and striking out four on 98 pitches, 60 for strikes.
Michael Tonkin came into the top of the seventh and shut the door on Charlotte with a hitless inning and striking out two to seal the Red Wing win by a score of 5-4.
Rochester out-hit Charlotte 7-4.
Winning Pitcher: Hurlbut (7-5)
Losing Pitcher: Volstad (2-5)
Save: Tonkin (4)
With the Red Wings playing as the road team in game two, ByungHo Park put Rochester on the board early with a deep home run to right field off of Colton Turner in the top of the second giving the Wings a 1-0 lead.
Turner had a brief outing only pitching three innings, allowing two hits and one run, he walked none and struck out two on 44 pitches, 27 for strikes.
Aaron Slegers looked very strong from the start. He cruised through the first four innings only allowing one hit and striking out three to sustain Rochester's 1-0 lead.
In the top of the fifth, Matt Hague's two-run single boosted the Wings' lead to 3-0.
Slegers turned in a complete game win, allowing three hits and a walk with five strikeouts. His 10th win on the season is tied for tops in the International League.
Winning Pitcher: Slegers 10-4
Losing Pitcher:Turner 0-1
NOTES: The Red Wings pitching staff entered play Monday with a league-best 3.27 ERA, despite using a Red Wings-record 35 different pitchers already this season....OF Daniel Palka (DL since May 27, left finger) is playing rehab games with the Rookie level GCL Twins.