The Lehigh Valley IronPigs edged the Red Wings 1-0 Wednesday night at Frontier Field. The series continues Thursday night at 7:05 p.m., with New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan signing autographs before the game
Nick Blackburn made his first start since being assigned outright to the Red Wings on Monday. Blackburn allowed three first inning singles, including an RBI hit by Hector Luna, as Lehigh Valley jumped ahead 1-0.
In the bottom of the third, the Wings put two runners on base via walks, but a ground out by Brian Dozier kept the Wings scoreless and kept Tom Cochran's no hitter intact.
Chris Parmelee led off with a single in the bottom of the fourth to end Cochran's no hitter, but the Wings were unable to produce any runs, keeping the score 1-0 Iron Pigs.
Anthony Slama came in to relieve Blackburn in the top of the eighth. Despite a three hit first inning that led to Blackburn's lone run allowed he pitched well, working seven innings with one earned run, two walks, and two strikeouts.
For the Iron Pigs Cochran was relieved by Justin DeFratus. Cochran put up stellar numbers pitching seven innings with two hits, no earned runs, five strikeouts, and only two walks.
With Evan Bigley on second and one out the Wings had an opportunity in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game at one, but Bigley was doubled up when Tsuyoshi Nishioka hit a hard line drive to leftfielder Kyle Hudson who then threw to second for the third out of the inning.
The Wings put two runners on with one out in the ninth against Jake Diekman, when Parmelee walked and Wilkin Ramirez singled. Diekman struck out Clete Thomas in a lefty vs lefty matchup,
Bigley had two singles in the game. Slama struck out three in his two innings pitched.