Red Wings roll past Bats 7-1
Aaron Slegers allowed one unearned run in eight innings, and Tommy Field had three extra base hits to lead the Rochester Red Wings to a 7-1 win over the Louisville Bats Saturday afternoon at Frontier Field. The homestand and series conclude Sunday afternoon at 1:35 p.m.
Prior to Saturday's game, the Red Wings got off to very slow starts in the first four games of their current six game home-stand by tallying just one run in the first six innings. But the Wings got on the scoreboard early Saturday, against Bats starter Nick Routt. In the bottom of the first, Niko Goodrum hit a double off of the right-center field fence. Matt Hague followed with an RBI single to score Goodrum to give the Wings an early 1-0 advantage.
Field increased the lead to 2-0 after leading off the second inning with a home run. It was Field's third home run of the season.
The offense went right back to work in the third inning. Goodrum led off the inning reaching base on an error by Bats' second baseman Tony Renda. Goodrum promptly stole second base, followed by Hague's second single of the game. After a Daniel Palka strikeout, Mitch Garver snapped an 0-for-9 skid by ripping a double down the left field line scoring Goodrum. Field walked to load the bases, Routt threw a wild pitch to score Hague making the score 4-0. Routt's day ended after walking J.B. Shuck .
Alejandro Chacin entered the game in the third inning with the bases loaded and one out. Leonardo Reginatto greeted him with a hard hit double which scored Garver and Field. Bengie Gonzalez moved the runners over with a sac fly to center field scoring Shuck to make the score 7-0.
In his previous two starts, Routt was unable to make it past the fourth inning. Routt pitched 2.1 innings, allowing seven runs, six hits, two walks. He threw 65 pitches (35 strikes) and had two strikeouts.
Slegers made his fourth start of the season for the Wings. He ran into trouble in the fourth inning after giving up two straight singles. However, he was able to get out of the jam by inducing a double play and striking out the next batter, Rob Brantly.
Slegers worked into the eighth inning for the first time in his four starts so far this season. After giving up 21 hits over his past two starts, Slegers allowed seven hits Saturday, with an unearned run, one walk, and four strikeouts. Slegers threw 92 pitches, 61 for strikes. D.J. Baxendale worked the ninth inning for the Red Wings, setting down all three batters he faced.
Winning Pitcher: Slegers (2-2)
Losing Pitcher: Routt (1-1)