Baserunning, Fielding Mistakes Cost Wings


The little mistakes added up to an extra inning loss for the Wings Saturday night as they fell 2-1 against Norfolk in 13 innings before 11,634 at Frontier Field. 

Norfolk scored the winning run thanks to an errant throw by catcher Chris Herrmann trying to nab Francisco Peguero stealing. Peguero moved up to third and scored on the very next pitch when Michael Almanzar blooped a single over the Wings' drawn-in infield. The ball landed right where James Beresford would have been standing had the throw from Herrmann not bounced into center field. 

The error followed two that won't go into the box score. Chris Colabello led off the bottom of the 12th with a double, but over slid 2nd base and was tagged out. 

Even the lone Wings offensive highlight ended with a bonehead play. Rochester went to the 9th trailing 1-0. However, James Beresford led off with a walk and Deibinson Romero promptly doubled him home. However, Romero tried to take third on the throw home, but got hung up standing in front of the shortstop and was easily erased. 

In both the 9th and 12th the Wings had base hits following the running mistakes that potentially could have won the game. 

Saturday's contest marked Alex Meyer's 16th start of the season, though he hadn't pitched more than 4 innings in his last three. Meyer looked to rebound Saturday night from his last outing on 6/23 in Buffalo when he pitched just 3 2/3 innings and conceded seven hits, including two home runs.

Norfolk's southpaw Chris Jones made his fourth start Saturday after coming in as relief on 6/23 and allowing just one run over 6 innings of work against Indianapolis. Jones pitched 5 1/3 innings against the Wings last season across three games. In that span, he did not give up a run, allowed just two hits, and struck out five.

Meyer, who was averaging almost 24 pitches per inning over his previous three starts, threw just nine in the first inning, retiring the Tides' batters in order, with the third out coming on a diving play byChris Colabello.

Chris Rahl led off the third with a double into deep left-center to give the Wings their first hint of offense, but the Tides turned a double play on Eric Farris' pop-up to end the inning before any other Wings could register a hit.

In the top of the fourth, Xavier Paul hit his ninth home run of the season to put the Tides ahead 1-0.

Farris doubled in the Wings' half of the sixth inning and advanced to third on James Beresford'sgroundout, but Deibinson Romero flew out to right field, stranding Farris.

Edgar Ibarra took over on the mound for Meyer at the top of the seventh. Meyer pitched six innings, the most work he's seen in his last four starts, allowing just three hits and one run and striking out three.

Ramon Ramirez relieved Jones the same inning, with Jones allowing no runs and just two hits over six frames, extending his scoreless streak against the Wings to 11 1/3 innings.

Ibarra retired the Norfolk batters in order in two consecutive innings. A.J. Achter pitched a scoreless ninth inning for the Red Wings, and added scoreless innings in the 10th and 11th.

As play moved to the 12th inning, Aaron Thompson took over on the mound for the Wings. Quintin Berry chopped a single just over Colabello's glove to begin the 12th, becoming the Tides' first baserunner since the sixth inning. Buck Britton followed with a scorcher that Colabello snagged on one knee, then turned a double play to empty the bases.

Rahl singled to start the Wings' half of the 13th, and Huntzinger struck out Ortiz after a couple of unsuccessful bunt attempts. Farris drove a long fly ball that was caught at the warning track for the second out, and Rahl stole second with Beresford at the plate. Huntzinger fanned Beresford to end the game.

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