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Red Wings finish road swing with 6-2 loss
The Buffalo Bisons jumped out to an early lead en route to a 6-2 win over the Red Wings Friday night in Buffalo. The Wings finish the long road trip with a 6-5 record and return home Saturday night, hosting Indianapolis on Red Wings Hall of Fame Night with Mike Mussina and Jim Hutto participating in the pre-game ceremony.
After a come-from-behind, 4-2 victory against Buffalo in game two of the three-game set, the Red Wings rolled their momentum over to the rubber match of the series on Friday night. Chris Parmelee belted a two-run double off Bisons starter Chien-Ming Wang in the top of the first inning to score Eduardo Escobar, giving the Wings the early 1-0 lead.
Pat Dean took the hill for the Red Wings and didn't get off to the start he envisioned, allowing a leadoff double to Mike McCoy that would later come back to hurt. After a sacrifice bunt moved McCoy over to third, a Moises Sierra ground out allowed McCoy to score, tying the game at one after one inning of play.
The Wings went scoreless in the second inning, giving the Bisons a chance to respond and take the lead. With one out, Escobar made a high throw to first base that lifted Jeff Clement off the bag, allowing Brad Glenn to reach successfully. A single to right field by Jim Negrych then gave Buffalo runners on the corners with just one out, and a sacrifice fly allowing Glenn to score from third, giving the Bisons a 2-1 lead through two innings.
Buffalo tacked on two more runs in the fourth inning behind a RBI double from Sierra and a RBI single from Andy LaRoche, pushing the Bisons' lead to 4-1 through three innings.
While the Wings' offense remained silent in the top of the fourth, Dean returned to form in the bottom half of the inning, retiring the side in order after allowing a leadoff walk.
Rochester responded in the top of the fifth as Darin Mastroianni reached first via walk with just one out. Escobar then ripped a single to right field, allowing Mastroianni to advance to third. An overthrow to third base from Sierra in right field allowed Escobar to advance to second on the play, giving the Wings a needed offensive opportunity. A wild pitch from Wang allowed Mastroianni to score from third, cutting the deficit to 4-2, but that's all the Wings would muster as the score remained at 4-2 through five innings.
After a scoreless inning for the Wings in the top of the sixth, the Bisons began to put together a rally in the bottom of the inning. Dean allowed consecutive singles to Ricardo Nanita and Glenn to start the inning, putting pressure on the Wings to keep the game within reach. Negrych laid down a bunt in an attempt to move the runners over to second and third, and Escobar chose to go for the lead runner at third base but was unsuccessful, loading the bases for the Bisons. Virgil Vasquez came on in relief of Dean and allowed a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring the runner from third and increasing the lead to 5-2 in favor of Buffalo. However, the Wings got out of the jam as Escobar made an unassisted double play from third to first base, cutting the Buffalo rally short.
Both teams went scoreless in the seventh inning, keeping the score at 5-2 going into the eighth. Eric Farris was able to punch in a two-out single to right field, but that's all the Wings could do offensively in the top of the eighth. In the bottom half of the frame, a leadoff double from Nanita eventually turned into another insurance run for the Bisons, who took a 6-2 lead into the ninth inning.
In the top of the ninth, Ray Olmedo led off with a bloop single to left field in an attempt to spark a late-game rally.