Che-Hsuan Lin homered and doubled to help the Pawtucket Red Sox top the Red Wings 10-1 Thursday night at Frontier Field. The series and homestand concludes Friday night at 7:05 p.m..
The Red Sox were the first to strike in this match-up of right-handers Brandon Duckworth, and the Wings' Daryl Thompson. with Nate Spears advancing home on an RBI single from Lars Anderson. Pawtucket threatened to strike again in the first inning, when Anderson reached second off a wild pitch, however Thompson was able to fight his way through the inning with a couple of strikeouts.
Rochester's bats were cold early in the game going nine up, nine down against Duckworth.
The Sox were in position to score again in the third, with Iglesias stealing second and reaching third on a fly-out, but Thompson was able to pitch his way out of trouble to get the last out and keep the lead at 1-0.
In the fourth, Lin homered into left field off of a 1-2 pitch from Thompson to make it 2-0 PawSox. The Wings looked primed to score in the bottom of the inning with Tsuyoshi Nishioka stealing second, however centerfielder Che-Hsuan Lin robbed Matt Carson of a hit to end the inning.
Jeff Manship came to pitch in relief in the fifth, and was then able to gain control of the game with a quick top of the inning. In the bottom of the fifth, Rene Rivera homered off a 2-0 pitch from Duckworth to cut the lead in half. The Wings looked poised to score more and possibly take the lead with the bases loaded and two outs, however were unable to capitalize on the opportunity.
Manship continued to maintain control of Pawtucket through the sixth, striking out two and then getting Alex Hassan to ground out with runners on second and third.
Andrew Miller, on rehab assignment from the Boston Red Sox, came into the game in relief for Duckworth in the bottom of the sixth.
Pawtucket picked up another run Manship in the seventh on Ryan Lavarnway's RBI hit with one out. That prompted a pitching move, with Tyler Robertson replacing Manship.
The Wings loaded the bases against Miller in the seventh, and Miller came out of the game with Will Inman taking over to face Joe Benson. Inman needed just three pitches to strike out Benson and end the Wings' shot at getting back into the game.
Pawtucket put the game away in the eighth inning when they scored seven runs, with Spears' two-run single off of Brendan Wise the key hit.
Anthony Slama pitched the ninth inning for Rochester.