Wilkin Ramirez singled to bring home Brian Dozier, giving the Red Wings a 2-1 extra innings win over the Indianapolis Indians Thursday night at Frontier Field. The series concludes Friday night at 7:05 p.m., with fireworks after the game.
Dozier's two-out double off Tim Wood. in the 10th put the winning run at second base, and Wood walked Chris Parmelee intentionally to bring up Ramirez. On an 0-2 pitch, Ramirez lofted a single to center, and Dozier hustled home to win the game.
Indians starter Rick VandenHurk had shut out the Wings in Indianapolis June 12, and on Thursday brought in a streak of at least seven strikeouts in each of his last five starts. The Wings countered with Pedro Hernandez, who was making just his third start since coming over from the White Sox organization.
After a scoreless first inning, the Indians used two singles and a walk to load the bases against Hernandez. Former Wing Jose Morales lofted a fly ball to center field, and Clete Thomas caught the ball and fired home. Thomas' throw to catcher J. R. Towles was a one-hop strike and Towles appeared to tag Jeff Clement at home, but umpire Seth Buckminster ruled Clement safe and Indianapolis had a 1-0 lead.
In the middle of the third inning, Indians outfielder Jose Tabata was ejected by Buckminister.
Eduardo Escobar got the Wings going with a lead off triple in the Rochester third. He scored on a sacrifice fly from Towles that tied the game up 1-1.
Hernandez kept the Indians off the scoreboard after the second inning. He worked seven innings and allowed six hits and one walk, while striking out five.
VandenHurk allowed hits in each of the first four innings, then retired the Wings in order in the sixth and seventh innings, racking up a total of five strikeouts along the way.
In the eighth inning, Luis Perdomo made his first relief appearance after being sent down from the Twins, and a ball hit by Alex Presley appeared to glance off Perdomo's leg. But Perdomo recovered, threw out Presley at first, and stayed in the game.
The Wings had two hits taken away by fine defensive plays in the eighth. Third baseman Dallas McPherson made a diving stop of ball smoked by Towles, and then threw a strike to first to throw retire Towles. And second baseman Anderson Hernandez stumbled as he tried to hold onto what would have been a single for Dozier, but hold on he did for the final out of the inning.
VandenHurk scattered seven hits over eight innings, did not walk a batter, and struck out five.
Left-hander Doug Slaten was brought in to face power-hitting lefty Parmelee, and Parmelee led off the ninth inning by drilling a ball off the right field wall - missing a homer by a couple of feet. Ramirez grounded out to short, with Parmelee holding at second, and Thomas popped out to third. Slaten intentionally walked Evan Bigley, setting up a lefty vs lefty matchup against Brian Dinkelman. That's when manager Gene Glynn sent up Rene Rivera to pinch-hit; the Indians countered by replacing Slaten with right-hander Tim Wood. With a 2-1 count, Wood's wild pitch moved the runners to second and third base. Rivera walked, bringing up Escobar - but Escobar flew out to left, sending the game to extra innings.