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Balk, Late Homer Beat Wings
Despite a solid start from Kyle Gibson and home runs from Brian Dinkelman and Oswaldo Arcia Rochester lost to the Buffalo Bisons, 3-2, Friday afternoon at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, NY
The Red Wings fell to 0-2 on the young season and have now lost four in a row to the Bisons dating back to last year.
The Wings threatened early in the game but were unable to push across a run as Jeff Clement left runners stranded on second and third to end the Wings half of the first inning. The Wings left six on base and went 0-4 with RISP through the first four innings.
In the bottom half of the first, the Bisons were able to plate a run on an RBI groundout by Luis Jimenez which scored Anthony Gose from third as Buffalo went ahead, 1-0.
Brian Dinkelman tied the game for the Wings in the third inning with a solo home run down the right field line off of Buffalo starter Ramon Ortiz.
After allowing two hits to the first three batters he faced, Gibson was able to settle in nicely, retiring 11 straight Herd batters from the first through the fourth inning.
Arcia again showed why he is one of the most highly touted prospects in the Twins organization with a solo home run in the fifth inning that gave Rochester a 2-1 lead. The long ball was Arcia's second home run in as many days. He finished the game 1-for-3 and was also hit by a pitch.
Ryan Langerhans' single to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning for the Bisons put an end to Gibson's streak of 11 straight batters retired. The Bisons were able to advance runners to second and third with one out but Gibson retired the next two batters to escape the jam unscathed. Gibson pitched five strong innings, giving up four hits, one earned run and striking out four in a no decision.
Anthony Gose scored his second run of the game on a balk by Wings pitcher Mike O'Connor in the bottom of the sixth inning. The game remained tied until the bottom of the eighth when Jimenez went deep off of Wings reliever Anthony Slama giving the Bisons a 3-2 lead.
Neil Wagner worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to preserve the Buffalo lead and pick up his first save of the season.
After combining for 30 hits yesterday, the most in a Wings Opening Day game since at least 1980, the two teams combined for only 13 hits Friday. Both teams head to Rochester to open the 17th season in Frontier Field history on Saturday at 1:05 p.m.
RHP Shairon Martis will take the ball for the Red Wings opposite Buffalo RHP Claudio Vargas.