Red Wings go back to back to back, snap eight-game skid 6-0
Updated: Tuesday, May 13 2014, 11:32 PM EDT
The Red Wings hit four home runs in the fifth inning - including three in a row - to pound the Columbus Clippers 6-0 Tuesday night, in a rain-shortened game at Frontier Field. The win broke an eight-game losing streak for the Wings. The series continues with a 7:05 p.m. game Wednesday; fans can use the Wings Wednesday coupon in the Tuesday D&C, or the online special offer code SINKTHECLIPS.
The game was a match-up of two right-handed pitching prospects, Trevor May and Trevor Bauer of Columbus; Bauer entered the game with a league-best 1.12 ERA over six starts. May was coming off a rough outing in losing to Columbus May 7, while Bauer struck out nine while beating the Wings May 8.
Both pitchers gave up a lead-off single in the first, with May getting a flyout and double play to quickly end the half inning
Eric Farris' single started a tough first inning for Bauer, who went on to walk three batters - two with two outs. Bauer's final walk was costly, when Wilkin Ramirez was walked with the bases loaded to force in a run. That put the Wings ahead 1-0, earning Rochester their first lead in 57 innings.
May (2-3) followed up by striking out the side in the top of the second.
The game remained a pitcher's duel until the fifth, when the Wings - who were last in the league in home runs coming into the game - hit four in the fifth inning, including three back-to-back.
Bauer (4-1) had only allowed one home run in seven games this season, including one start for Cleveland. Farris took a 1-0 pitch from Bauer over the wall in left field to start the Rochester half of the fifth, putting the Wings up 2-0. It was the first home run of the season for Farris. James Beresford singled, before Oswaldo Arcia and Deibinson Romero hit back-to-back-homers off Bauer, both on 0-1 pitches. When Chris Herrmann followed suit with a homer, that made three straight homers off Bauer, and four total in the inning. The Wings, who had been struggling offensively through an eight-game losing streak, jumped out to a 6-0 lead.
In the sixth, May recorded strikeout number six, and through six innings allowed just three hits and two walks. He threw 85 pitches, 57 for strikes.
Bauer left with two outs and rain falling in the sixth inning after being knocked around for nine hits, six earned runs, and three walks while striking out four. Bauer threw 103 pitches, 63 for strikes. Scott Barnes relieved Bauer but a downpour made the umpires call for the tarp before Barnes could pitch to Beresford.
The game was called off after a one hour, 14 minute delay when the umpires and managers found the field to be unplayable.