Chris Parmelee had three hits and an RBI, part of a 15-hit attack leading the Red Wings to a 7-6 win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders Wednesday night at Frontier Field. The Wings return home to host the Pawtucket Red Sox April 14-17.
The RailRiders put together two hits and a sacrifice fly to take an early 1-0 lead against Scott Diamond.
In the bottom of the first, Rochester came right back to take the lead. Danny Santana led off with a double into the right field corner off Scranton starter Chase Whitley. After a strikeout of James Beresford, Deibinson Romero delivered an RBI single to plate Santana and tie the game at 1-1. Parmelee's single moved Romero to third base, and he scored on Brad Nelson's long sacrifice fly to make it 2-1 Wings.
Scranton came back in the top of third with back-to-back doubles from Jose Pirela and Scott Sizemore. John Ryan Murphy's ground out allowed Pirela to score, knotting it up at 2-2.
The Wings threatened in the bottom of the third when Parmelee ripped a two-out double into the right field gap, but Nelson struck out swinging stranding the runner on second.
Diamond was chased from the game in fourth inning without recording an out. The RailRiders put together a double and two singles to take the lead 3-2. Yohan Pino (1-0) came on in relief in the fourth inning and gave up a single and hit by pitch, but managed to limit the damage to just one run, giving the RailRiders the lead 4-2.
Diamond left the game with 88 pitches, 48 for strikes, after the three plus innings worked. He allowed four runs on eight hits while walking one and striking out two.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Wings rallied to tie up the score. Wilkin Ramirez started it off with a double into the left field gap. Eric Farris followed with a single to put runners on the corners, and a Dan Rohlfing fielder's choice scored Ramirez from third. Chris Rahl lined a single and Santana broke his bat grounding into a fielder's choice, once again putting runners on the corners. After a Beresford walk to load the bases, Romero watched ball four into the catcher's mitt, chasing home Rohlfing to even the score at 4-4.
In the fifth, the Wings took the lead. Farris got it started with a two out single up the middle. With Rohlfing at the plate, Farris slid in safely stealing second base, his second on the year. Rohlfing then sent a 1-0 pitch into right field, scoring Farris just ahead of the throw from Ramon Flores, giving the Wings a 5-4 lead.
Former Red Wings outfielder Antoan Richardson walked to lead off the top of the sixth for the RailRiders. He stole second and moved to third on a grounder. Manager Gene Glynn went to the mound to call for lefty Aaron Thompson. Thompson got Sizemore to strike out and Murphy to fly out to strand Richardson at third base.
Rochester added two more runs in the sixth, on run-scoring hits from Parmelee and Beresford.
Scranton added two runs with two outs in the eighth inning against Thompson to make it a one-run game, and Deolis Guerra came on to face Russ Canzler with the tying run at second base. Canzler grounded to third base and Romero's throw to first was in the dirt, but Nelson made a great play to snag the throw in time to retire Canzler for the final out of the inning.
In the ninth inning, Guerra struck out Zoilo Almonte for the first out, before allowing a single to Adonis Garcia to put the tying run on base. Left-hander Brooks Raley took over on the mound and struck out Ramon Flores and Zelous Wheeler looking to end the game and pick up a save.
Six different players had at least two hits in the game, and Wednesday was the fourth straight game that the Rochester offense recorded 10 or more hits. The Wings offense was top ranked in the International League coming into play Wednesday, with a .296 team average.