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Red Wings suffer rare home loss, 5-4
The Red Wings dropped a 5-4 contest to the Syracuse Chiefs Sunday afternoon at Frontier Field. Chris Parmelee had three hits for Rochester; The Wings head out on a 12-day, 11-game road trip beginning Monday night, and return home on Saturday, August 17.
Rochester right-hander Liam Hendriks had lost his two prior starts against the Chiefs, both in Syracuse with July 20 the most recent outing. Hendriks worked around a walk in the first inning Sunday, then watched the Wings get him an early lead.
Eduardo Escobar led off the Rochester half of the first inning with a single off Drew Storen, and moved to third on a single by Parmelee. Storen caught Deibinson Romero looking at a third strike, then Jeff Clement blooped a single to left field to bring in Escobar for a 1-0 Rochester lead.
Parmelee helped out on the defensive side in the second inning, when he made a diving catch to take away a hit from Zach Walter for the third out.
Storen, the Nationals reliever who was just sent to Triple-A on July 30, was not expected to pitch more than a few innings - he had only started one game in his entire pro career dating back to 2009, when he was the 10th overall pick in the June draft. James Beresford hit a one-out double off Storen in the second inning, and after Eric Fryer flew out Storen was replaced by Ryan Tatusko. Storen allowed four hits and two earned runs in his 1 2/3 innings pitched, striking out three and throwing 41 pitches.
Escobar greeted Tatusko with a triple, bringing in Beresford and putting Rochester ahead 2-0.
Syracuse's Jhonatan Solano tripled on a ball that flew over the head of Aaron Hicks in center to start the third inning. Josh Johnson hit a ground ball to Beresford at second, Beresford made a great throw home that appeared to be in time to get Solano at the plate, but Solano was called safe. The Chiefs added on another hit and a run to tie the game at 2-2.
Rochester looked to take the lead back in the bottom of the third after Romero led off the inning with a single. Hicks' one out single advanced Romero to third base, and Hicks advanced to second on the throw to third. With runners at third and second and one out, Tatusko (5-5) got Brian Dinkelman to pop out. Ray Olmedo fell behind 0-2 and after a 10 pitch at bat, Olmedo walked to load the bases. Tatusko got Beresford to pop out, ending the inning without giving up a run.
Syracuse loaded the bases in the fourth after two singles and a walk. With the bases loaded and two outs, Eury Perez tripled down the right field line and clearing the bases. Perez's triple gave Syracuse a 5-2 lead.
Both Eric Fryer and Escobar walked to begin the bottom half of the fourth inning. Parmelee doubled to score Fryer, and put runners on third and second with no outs. After Parmelee's double, Syracuse went back to the bullpen, and reliever Jeff Mandel. After Mandel got Romero to ground out to short for the first out of the inning. Clement grounded out to second, allowing Escobar to score, and bringing the Wings within one run.
A.J. Achter came into relieve Hendriks with one out in the sixth and a runner on third. Hendriks (3-8) went 5 1/3 inning, giving up seven hits and five runs but only four were earned runs. Achter struck out the first batter he faced, followed by a fly out to end the inning and strand the runner at third.
The Chiefs looked to add on a couple insurance runs after Achter gave up back to back two out walks in the seventh inning. Achter got Corey Brown to strike out looking and end the inning.
Clement led off the seventh with a single off reliever Mark Lowe. Lowe relieved Mandel, who sat down the first eight Wings batters he faced. Lowe got two pop outs and a strike out to end the inning.
The Wings had opportunities to tie the game in the seventh and eighth innings, getting the lead-off batters on base both innings but failing to take advantage on both occasions.
Achter pitched 2 2/3 scoreless relief innings with three walks and four strikeouts. Luis Perdomo worked the ninth inning for Rochester.
Hicks singled off former Wing Tyler Robertson with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, putting the tying run on base. Rookie Josmil Pinto pinch-hit for Dinkelman, and hit a chopper to third base for a ground out to end the game.