Slumping Wings continue slide, lose 5th straight 8-5
Updated: Monday, August 26 2013, 01:02 AM EDT
Matt Hague's 10th inning double brought home the go-ahead run, and the Red Wings dropped a 8-5 contest to the Indianapolis Indians Sunday at Frontier Field. The Wings trailed 4-2 in the ninth, before James Beresford tied the score with a two-run single.
The West Division champion Indians won all four games of the series. The second place Wings trail IL North leader Pawtucket; the Wings still lead Norfolk for the wild card playoff spot. The Wings wil host Syracuse for a two-game series beginning Monday night, with former Amerk and current Buffalo Sabre Patrick Kaleta signing autographs pre-game. The first 500 kids 12 & under Monday eat free.
Kyle Gibson made his first start after being optioned back to Rochester from Minnesota on August 19. Darren Ford began the game with a lead off walk and a stolen base. After a infield hit put runners at first and third, Hague doubled to right field scoring Ford. Chase d'Arnaud attempted to score from first on the double but two great throws from Jermaine Mitchell in right and Beresford at second got d'Arnaud at home to prevent a run.
Rochester was going up against Kris Johnson, who leads the IL in ERA with a 2.41. Last time Johnson faced the Wings, he went seven innings and give up two runs in the win. Darin Mastroianni walked to lead off to the first for Rochester. After a wild pitch, Mastroianni took off for second, the throw from catcher Lucas May was off target allowing Mastroianni to advance to third. With one out, Chris Parmelee grounded out to second, which was good enough to score Mastroianni from third and tie the game at 1-1.
Beresford got Rochester's first hit with one out in the third after Johnson struck out the side in the second. Mastroianni walked for the second time in the game, giving the Wings a scoring opportunity. With Eduardo Escobar at the plate, the Wings attempted a double steal, but Beresford was thrown out at third. Escobar grounded out to end the inning.
Gibson retired eight straight from the end of the first inning through the third inning. In the top of the fourth, Hague who leads the IL in hits, led off the inning with a solo home run to give the Indians a 2-1 lead.
The Indians looked to add on to their one run lead when they led off the fifth inning with a single and double putting runners at third and second and no outs. Gibson got Ford to pop up to Beresford for the first out of the inning. d'Arnaud hit a hard ground ball to Deibinson Romero at third, the ball hit off Romero and went into left field scoring May from third on the error. Ivan DeJesus Jr. also attempted to score from second but was thrown out at the plate by Mastroianni in left, keeping the score at 3-1.
Mitchell led off the fifth inning with a single to left. After a wild pitch that advanced Mitchell to second, Eric Fryer walked to put runners at first and second with no outs. Beresford bunted the runners over to second and third bringing up Mastroianni. On a wild pitch, Mitchell started to go home but got half way and turned around, but Fryer was too far off of second and was thrown out for the second out of the inning. Mastroianni lined a 2-2 pitch to left, scoring Mitchell and bringing Rochester with one run.
Aaron Thompson relieved Gibson in the sixth inning. Gibson tossed five inning, giving up five hits and three runs, which two were earned. Thompson gave up a lead off single to Russ Canzler. Jared Goedert doubled in Canzler extending the Indians lead to 4-2. Thompson walked the next batter to give the Indians runners at first and second with no outs. Thompson got three straight strike outs to end the inning.
Romero led off the sixth inning with a single off reliever Brooks Brown. After giving up the lead off single, Brown got back to back strike outs, and a ground ball to end the inning.
Shairon Martis relieved Thompson after one inning of work. In that inning, Thompson gave up two hits and one run, while striking out three. Martis pitched a quick inning, only throwing seven pitches.
Martis finished with two scoreless innings, with one hit allowed and two strikeouts. Michael Tonkin worked a scoreless ninth for Rochester.
Vic Black pitched the ninth for Indianapolis, and the Wings put the tying runs on base after pinch-hitter Antoan Richardson walked and Mitchell reached on an infield hit. After showing bunt, Fryer hit a chopper that moved the runners to second and third base with one out. That set up Beresford's game-tying single up the middle of Indians closer Black, tying the score at 4-4. Eric Farris pinch-ran for Beresford, and drew several throws over to first from Black. But Black threw wildly on a pickoff attempt and Farris scooted down to second base,. Black (5-3) recovered to strike out Mastroianni, but walked Escobar to put runners at first and second. Parmelee hit the ball solidly but center fielder Darren Ford back-pedaled and made the catch for the final out of the ninth and the game moved into extra innings.
In the 10th, d'Arnaud blooped a single to center field off Tonkin (1-1) , and Hague followed with his third hit of the game to put the Indians ahead. Canzler's single plated Hague with an insurance run. Two more runs scored on a sacrifice flys.
Erik Cordier pitched the 10th inning for the Indians, and the Wings picked up a run when Richardson's ground out scored Ray Olmedo.