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Wings give up six in 9th, lose stunner to Indy

Lucas May hit a ninth inning grand slam, part of a six-run rally as the Indianapolis Indians stunned the Red Wings 7-6 Friday night at Frontier Field. First place Pawtucket lost to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Friday, so the Wings remain a half game behind the PawSox in the battle for the International League North Division title.

The series continues Saturday night at 7:05 p.m., with the gates opening early at 5:30 p.m.; promotions include a Red Wings Legends card strip giveaway, a card and collectible show featuring WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, game-worn jersey auction, Launch-A-Ball and post-game fireworks.

Rochester's starter, southpaw Scott Diamond took the mound looking to win his third straight game for the Wings. The Indians benefitted from unearned first inning runs in their 6-1 victory over the Wings Thursday night, and picked up another unearned run to begin Friday's game. With two outs and a runner at second base, Matt Hague reached on an infield single after a nice defensive play by Chris Parmelee. Parmelee tossed to Diamond covering first but not in time to get Hague; but when Diamond threw home to try to nab Alex Presley, the throw was wild and allowed Presley to score. Antoan Richardson made a diving catch to rob Russ Canzler of an RBI single for the final out of the inning.

Diamond's counterpart was Brandon Cumpton, whose last start against Rochester back on June 26th went the Wings' way. Cumpton went five innings while giving up eight hits and six runs, of which five were earned in the loss. Rochester quickly got a runner on base in their half of the first Friday, aided by second baseman Chase d'Arnaud's throwing error on Richardson's bunt attempt. Richardson moved to second on the error, then scored on Eduardo Escobar's single to tie the game at 1-1. The Wings proceeded to load the bases with one out, but Cumpton got a ground ball double play from Josmil Pinto to end the scoring situation.

After a game Thursday in which Rochester committed three errors and the Indians two, it was the Wings' turn to benefit from poor fielding Friday. Eric Farris stroked a one-out single, then stole second base in the second inning. Cumpton struck out Jermaine Mitchell for the second out, then Richardson hit a broken bat grounder to d'Arnaud at second. d'Arnaud misplayed the ball for his second error of the night, and Farris scored to put Rochester ahead 2-1.

Diamond got some help from the defense in the third. With one out, Escobar made a great stop at short, but the throw to beat a hustling Presley down the line was a step late. After a strikeout, James Beresford made a diving stop at second to steal a hit away from Travis Snider and end the inning.

Jeff Clement doubled with one out to give Rochester another scoring opportunity. After Cumpton got a strike out for the second out, Pinto walked to put runners at second and first. After a 10-pitch at bat, Beresford singled up the middle to load the bases. Farris grounded into a fielders choice to second to end the inning.

The Wings looked to add on to their lead in the fourth when Richardson singled with one out. After Escobar walked, the Indians went to Ryan Reid out of the bullpen to replace Cumpton. Cumpton left runners at first and second with one out. Reid got Parmelee to ground into a fielder's choice at second to leave runners at the corner with two outs. After Parmelee stole second, Clement grounded out to first base to end the inning and strand the runners.

In the fifth inning, Pinto singled with one out. Back to back singles from Beresford and Farris loaded the bases for the third time in the game. Mitchell singled to left, scoring Pinto and Beresford. On the throw home, the ball got past the catcher and rolled to the back stop, advancing Farris and Mitchell. With runners at second and third and one out, Reid got a strike out and a ground out to end the inning and limit the damage.

Diamond was sailing along through the first six innings. Diamond set down nine in a row from the third to the sixth inning, while pitching three perfect innings and scattering three hits.

Parmelee led off the sixth inning with a single to right, his second hit of the game. On a 1-2 pitch, Clement hit a two run homer to the Wings bullpen, his 16th of the year, and extending the Wings lead to 6-1. With one out Pinto hit a deep fly ball to left that bounced over the wall for a ground rule double, for his second hit of the game and the Wings' 16th team hit. With two outs, Farris hit a ball to first, the throw to new reliever Kyle Farnsworth was a little late to get Farris, but on the throw to first, Pinto attempted to score from second but was thrown out at home.

In the eighth inning the Indians got their first hit of Diamond since back with one out in the third inning. But Diamond got a fly ball out followed by two strikeouts.

Diamond allowed one unearned run, four hits and two walks over eight innings. Edgar Ibarra worked the ninth for the Wings, and loaded the bases with just one out. That prompted Ibarra's exit, with Shairon Martis coming out of the bullpen to take over. d'Arnaud blooped a single over Escobar's head at shortstop to make it a 6-2 game. May followed with a grand slam homer on a 3-2 pitch from Martis, tying the score at 6-6. Presley and Robert Andino followed with base hits, putting runners at first and third. Travis Snider's sacrifice fly brought in the lead run and put the Indians ahead 7-6.

The Wings got the tying run aboard in the bottom of the ninth against Vic Black. Beresford singled to left field, and was replaced by pinch-runner Darin Mastroianni. Farris put down a perfect sacrifice bunt to advance Mastroianni to second base with one out. Black struck out Mitchell for the second out, then walked Richardson. Mastroianni stole third base with Eduardo Escobar batting, but Escobar was retired on a fine fielding play by Andino to complete the Indians' comeback victory.

Rochester had been 58-0 in games they had led after eight innings this season, before Friday's loss.

Lucas May hit a ninth inning grand slam, part of a six-run rally as the Indianapolis Indians stunned the Red Wings 7-6 Friday night at Frontier Field. First place Pawtucket lost to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Friday, so the Wings remain a half game behind the PawSox in the battle for the International League North Division title.

The series continues Saturday night at 7:05 p.m., with the gates opening early at 5:30 p.m.; promotions include a Red Wings Legends card strip giveaway, a card and collectible show featuring WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, game-worn jersey auction, Launch-A-Ball and post-game fireworks.

Rochester's starter, southpaw Scott Diamond took the mound looking to win his third straight game for the Wings. The Indians benefitted from unearned first inning runs in their 6-1 victory over the Wings Thursday night, and picked up another unearned run to begin Friday's game. With two outs and a runner at second base, Matt Hague reached on an infield single after a nice defensive play by Chris Parmelee. Parmelee tossed to Diamond covering first but not in time to get Hague; but when Diamond threw home to try to nab Alex Presley, the throw was wild and allowed Presley to score. Antoan Richardson made a diving catch to rob Russ Canzler of an RBI single for the final out of the inning.

Diamond's counterpart was Brandon Cumpton, whose last start against Rochester back on June 26th went the Wings' way. Cumpton went five innings while giving up eight hits and six runs, of which five were earned in the loss. Rochester quickly got a runner on base in their half of the first Friday, aided by second baseman Chase d'Arnaud's throwing error on Richardson's bunt attempt. Richardson moved to second on the error, then scored on Eduardo Escobar's single to tie the game at 1-1. The Wings proceeded to load the bases with one out, but Cumpton got a ground ball double play from Josmil Pinto to end the scoring situation.

After a game Thursday in which Rochester committed three errors and the Indians two, it was the Wings' turn to benefit from poor fielding Friday. Eric Farris stroked a one-out single, then stole second base in the second inning. Cumpton struck out Jermaine Mitchell for the second out, then Richardson hit a broken bat grounder to d'Arnaud at second. d'Arnaud misplayed the ball for his second error of the night, and Farris scored to put Rochester ahead 2-1.

Diamond got some help from the defense in the third. With one out, Escobar made a great stop at short, but the throw to beat a hustling Presley down the line was a step late. After a strikeout, James Beresford made a diving stop at second to steal a hit away from Travis Snider and end the inning.

Jeff Clement doubled with one out to give Rochester another scoring opportunity. After Cumpton got a strike out for the second out, Pinto walked to put runners at second and first. After a 10-pitch at bat, Beresford singled up the middle to load the bases. Farris grounded into a fielders choice to second to end the inning.

The Wings looked to add on to their lead in the fourth when Richardson singled with one out. After Escobar walked, the Indians went to Ryan Reid out of the bullpen to replace Cumpton. Cumpton left runners at first and second with one out. Reid got Parmelee to ground into a fielder's choice at second to leave runners at the corner with two outs. After Parmelee stole second, Clement grounded out to first base to end the inning and strand the runners.

In the fifth inning, Pinto singled with one out. Back to back singles from Beresford and Farris loaded the bases for the third time in the game. Mitchell singled to left, scoring Pinto and Beresford. On the throw home, the ball got past the catcher and rolled to the back stop, advancing Farris and Mitchell. With runners at second and third and one out, Reid got a strike out and a ground out to end the inning and limit the damage.

Diamond was sailing along through the first six innings. Diamond set down nine in a row from the third to the sixth inning, while pitching three perfect innings and scattering three hits.

Parmelee led off the sixth inning with a single to right, his second hit of the game. On a 1-2 pitch, Clement hit a two run homer to the Wings bullpen, his 16th of the year, and extending the Wings lead to 6-1. With one out Pinto hit a deep fly ball to left that bounced over the wall for a ground rule double, for his second hit of the game and the Wings' 16th team hit. With two outs, Farris hit a ball to first, the throw to new reliever Kyle Farnsworth was a little late to get Farris, but on the throw to first, Pinto attempted to score from second but was thrown out at home.

In the eighth inning the Indians got their first hit of Diamond since back with one out in the third inning. But Diamond got a fly ball out followed by two strikeouts.

Diamond allowed one unearned run, four hits and two walks over eight innings. Edgar Ibarra worked the ninth for the Wings, and loaded the bases with just one out. That prompted Ibarra's exit, with Shairon Martis coming out of the bullpen to take over. d'Arnaud blooped a single over Escobar's head at shortstop to make it a 6-2 game. May followed with a grand slam homer on a 3-2 pitch from Martis, tying the score at 6-6. Presley and Robert Andino followed with base hits, putting runners at first and third. Travis Snider's sacrifice fly brought in the lead run and put the Indians ahead 7-6.

The Wings got the tying run aboard in the bottom of the ninth against Vic Black. Beresford singled to left field, and was replaced by pinch-runner Darin Mastroianni. Farris put down a perfect sacrifice bunt to advance Mastroianni to second base with one out. Black struck out Mitchell for the second out, then walked Richardson. Mastroianni stole third base with Eduardo Escobar batting, but Escobar was retired on a fine fielding play by Andino to complete the Indians' comeback victory.

Rochester had been 58-0 in games they had led after eight innings this season, before Friday's loss.

 
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