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Wings bats back Darnell in 8-1 win over Norfolk
Chris Herrmann and Daniel Ortiz each drove in a pair of runs, and four double plays helped back starter Logan Darnell in an 8-1 Red Wings win over the Norfolk Tides Sunday afternoon at steamy Frontier Field. The teams meet Monday night at 7:05 p.m.; the first 500 kids 12 & under eat free, and Red Wings Hall of Famer Jeff Manto will sign autographs before the game.
Sunday featured a lefty matchup with Darnell against Jake Pettit, with Pettit making his first start with Norfolk this season after a promotion from Double-A Bowie. Both pitchers had smooth first innings.
The Wings showed off their defense early in the game, turning double plays in each of the first three innings, highlighted by Herrmann's juggling catch in foul territory, which started a double play in the third.
The Red Wings' bats came alive in the bottom of the third. James Beresford recorded the team's first hit of the day, and then was plated on an Ortiz home run two batters later to put the Wings up 2-0. Following a Doug Bernier single and a Deibinson Romero walk, Chris Colabello ripped a two out double that bounced off the fence under the left field scoreboard. Romero and Colabello were driven home on a Herrmann double, giving the Wings a 5-0 advantage.
The Tides started to chip away at the Wings lead in the fifth when Michael Almanzar, in the midst of his rehab assignment, launched a solo home run over the Rochester General Health System sign in left field. Darnell limited the damage to just the home run, retiring the next three batters to keep the Wings lead at 5-1.
Steve Clevenger led off the sixth inning with a single, but the Wings turned their fourth double play of the game to clear the bases.
The Wings put runners at second and third with one out in the bottom of the seventh. Ortiz walked and Eric Farris singled, and Bernier's sacrifice bunt moved both runners over. The Tides brought Clay Rapada out of the bullpen to relieve Pettit, and Romero's flyball to left field brought home Ortiz to provide a 6-1 advantage for the Wings.
Pettit (0-1) allowed seven hits and six earned runs in his 6 1/3 innings, walking two and striking out two. He threw 102 pitches, 68 for strikes.
Darnell (4-4) had his longest outing of the season, allowing nine hits, an earned run and a walk to go with three strikeouts. He threw 106 pitches, 72 for strikes. It was the first nine-inning outing for Darnell since June 20, 2013 while pitching for Double-A New Britain.
Chris Rahl's eighth inning double brought Beresford home, to make the score 7-1 and an RBI from Farris finished the scoring.
Beresford had three hits, giving him his fourth three-hit game of the season - tops on the team.