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Red Wings push win streak to five, 14-3
Deibinson Romero and Chris Parmelee each hit a three-run home run, pacing the Red Wings to a 14-3 win over the Norfolk Tides Sunday night at Frontier Field. It was the fifth straight win for Rochester. The Red Wings host Norfolk for the series finale at 7:05 p.m. on Monday; gates open at 6 p.m. and Hall of Fame pitcher Gaylord Perry will be at Frontier Field to sign autographs.
The Tides earned an early two-out run in their half of the first inning against Rochester righty Virgil Vasquez. Three consecutive singles from Eric Thames, former Wing Danny Valencia and Alex Liddi plated Thames to give Norfolk a 1-0 lead. The inning ended when Valencia was caught leaning too far off second base on Liddi's base hit and was caught in a rundown between second and third. The Tides added another run in the second. Yamaico Navarro led of the inning with a base hit and scored another two-out run when Chris Snyder knocked a line drive into right field.
Norfolk starter Zach Britton made easy work of the Rochester side in the bottom of the first. Britton only needed six pitches to mow down batters 1-2-3, inducing a ground out, a fly out and a pop up. He needed only nine more go retire the side in order in the second as well. Britton retired the first seven batters he faced, including a strikeout of Eric Farris to lead off the third.
Vasquez settled down in the third after surrendering one run in each of the first two innings. He sat down Thames on three pitches, the last a breaking ball that caught Thames swinging too early. Vasquez struck out Liddi looking to begin the fourth and worked around a two-out walk with a long fly out from Xavier Avery. He sandwiched a pair of strikeouts around a line out in the top of the fifth.
Ray Olmedo became the first Wing to reach base with a walk in the third inning. He wouldn't occupy the bases long; Olmedo was tagged out at second on a fielder's choice from Eric Fryer. Fryer stole second and scored the first Rochester run on a single from Antoan Richardson. The inning continued as Richardson moved to second on a wild pitch with Eduardo Escobar at the plate. Escobar tied the game at 2-2 with a towering double that went over the head of Thames in right field and reached the wall.
Rochester took a commanding lead with a five-run fifth. Olmedo began the rally; he led off the frame with a bunt single down the third base line, and on the first pitch to Fryer, he stole second. Fryer drove in the go-ahead run with a single to right field, scoring Olmedo and giving the Red Wings a 3-2 lead. With runners on first and second and two outs, Oswaldo Arcia lined the ball over the head of Norfolk second baseman Buck Britton, Zach's older brother. Buck nearly snagged the ball out of the air to end the inning, but it deflected off of his glove, allowing Fryer to trot home. Romeroprovided the biggest blow of the frame. Romero rocketed a three-run home run over the wall in left field to extend the lead to 7-2.
Vasquez pitched his second 1-2-3 inning in a row in the top of the sixth. After giving up a run to Norfolk in the second inning, he retired 13 of the next 14 batters he faced, and did not give up a hit between the third and sixth innings. The only runner he allowed was on a walk to Ronny Paulino in the fourth.
The Red Wings' offense chased Britton from the mound with one out in the sixth. Although he struck out Olmedo, Britton gave up singles to Farris and Fryer before being relieved by Tim Alderson. Alderson would load the bases with a two-out walk to Escobar, bringing Parmelee to the plate. However, Parmelee flew out to deep center field, stranding all three runners on base.
Britton (3-4) gave up seven runs on nine hits with four strikeouts and one walk in the losing effort. Vasquez (3-6) earned the win on only three days rest. After pitching a nine-inning complete game with New Britain on Wednesday, Vasquez gave up only two runs on five hits with four strikeouts and one walk.
The Santa Barbara, Calif. native was replaced with Shairon Martis to start the seventh. Martis continued where the starter left off by sitting down the side in order. Olmedo provided some defensive assistance in the inning with a highlight-reel throw. Moving toward his right, Olmedo barely fielded a grounder from Paulino deep in the hole between second and third. From the grass just beyond the infield dirt, the 32-year-old shortstop leapt and made a strong throw off his back foot to beat Paulino at first.
The Wings batted around the lineup in the home half of the seventh, and once again loaded the bases. A walk to Arcia and singles from Romero and Farris brought Olmedo to the plate with the bags full. Olmedo snuck a double down the line into left field for a two-run double, increasing the lead to 9-2. A sacrifice fly from Fryer and base hit from Richardson in consecutive at-bats added another pair of runs, and the Red Wings led by nine.
Alderson was pulled in favor of Mike Belfiore following Richardson's RBI single. He didn't fare much better, giving up a double and a three-run homer to Escobar and Parmelee respectively. The Wings tied a season-high with seven runs scored in a single inning and 14 runs in a game.
Norfolk cut the deficit to 14-3 in the eighth. Snyder doubled and scored on a RBI single from Jason Pridie. Thames grounded out into a double play to end the inning.
Martis picked up his eighth save of the season with three relief innings.