Big First Inning Helps Wings Finish Sweep

Jermaine Mitchell had three hits and four RBI, helping the Red Wings to a 12-7 win over the first place Pawtucket Red Sox Sunday afternoon at Frontier Field. The Wings swept the four-game series, won their sixth straight game, and moved up into second place in the International League's North Division. The Wings travel to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Pawtucket before the All-Star Break, and return home on Thursday, July 18 agsinst Syracuse (Nationals).

Wings starter Vance Worley brought a four-game win streak into Sunday's contest, including a pair of complete game efforts. His mound opponent, Boston prospect Rubby De La Roas, had not lost in his previous five starts (two wins, three no decisions).

Worley allowed a single in an otherwise efficient first inning, and then the Wings quickly got on the board against De La Rosa in their half of the first. Antoan Richardson led off with a walk, and Doug Bernier reached on an infield hit to shortstop Xander Bogaerts. Bogaerts made a nice snag, but his throw was not in time and also wild - and the hustling Richardson came all the way around to score the game's first run. Chris Herrmann followed with a single and Chris Colabello walked to load the bases, but De La Rosa struck out Deibinson Romero for the first out. That set the stage for the newest Red Wing, Mitchell - who drilled a two-run single to right field, scoring Bernier and Herrmann for a 3-0 Rochester lead. Brian Dinkleman's ground rule double brought home Colabello, the Wings' lead was 4-0, and De La Rosa's day was finished - with Chris Carpenter taking over on the mound. Carpenter hit Eric Fryer with a pitch to re-load the bases, then walked James Beresford to force in a run. Richardson's second at-bat of the inning produced an RBI single and a 6-0 lead.

De La Rosa (2-2) had allowed just three earned runs in the first inning all season, but was tagged with all six earned in Sunday's first frame.

After a long wait in the dugout with on a muggy 86 day, Worley returned to the mound for the second inning and allowed a hard hit ball by Alex Hassan that was destined to be a single - until third baseman Romero dove to his left, fielded the ball while on the ground, then got up and fired a strike to Colabello at first to deny Hassan a hit.

In the top of the third, Worley gave up a two-out double to Drew Sutton, Rochester's first extra base hit given up since the seventh inning in Thursday night's game, a span of 24 innings. Will Middlebrook lined a ball into right field and Mitchell made a diving attempt at it, but the ball hit off the tip of his glove allowing Sutton to score.

Carpenter came out in the third inning a little wild, walking Mitchell and Dinkelman both on four pitches. With two runners on and no outs, Fryer hit a ground ball through the right side of the infield, that scored Mitchell and moved Dinkelman to third. Beresford earned his second RBI of the day, this time on a single to left that brought in Dinkelman and extended the Wings lead to 8-1. Richardson lined a ball just over the shortstop's glove to center that loaded the bases for the Wings with no outs. Carpenter struck out the next two batters and got a fly ball to center to get out of the jam.

Worley gave up a lead off single to Jeremy Hazelbaker in the fifth inning. After Hazelbaker advanced to second on a fielder's choice to first. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a slow infield single to second, but Beresford couldn't barehand the ball, and the ball scooted into right allowing Hazelbaker to score.

In the sixth inning Worley (6-3) gave up back to back walks to start the inning. Worley got Justin Henry to ground to second that started a double play, Beresford to Bernier to Colabello. Bogaerts singled to right, that scored Mark Hamilton from third base and made the score 8-3.

For the third inning in a row, the Wings walked to begin the inning, when Romero walked in the sixth. But this time Rochester capitalized when Mitchell hit a two-run homer to center field, his first with the Wings, and extending the lead 10-3.

Worley went six innings, giving up three runs and striking out four. A.J. Achter relieved Worley in the seventh inning, making his Red Wings and Triple-A debut. Achter had trouble finding the plate, walking the first batter he faced. After a passed ball rolled away from Fryer, the runner tried to take second but was thrown out by Fryer, Bradley Jr. lined a ball to second that Beresford fully extended and grabbed for the second out of the inning.

Bernier led off the seventh with a triple off of infielder Jonathan Diaz, who had been called upon to pitch . Herrmann singled in Bernier to give the Wings an 11-3 lead. After Romero singled, that put runners on first and second for Mitchell. Mitchell got his third hit of the day, when he singled to right to load the bases. With the bases loaded, Dinkelman hit a sacrifice fly to right that scored Herrmann from third.

Hamilton led off the eighth inning with a solo homer for Pawtucket, and making the score 12-4. After giving up back to back singles, Bogaerts hit a three-run homer to left, reducing Rochester's lead to 12-7. With one out and a runner on first, Cody Eppley came in to relieve Achter. Eppley stuck out Bradley Jr. for the second out of the inning, then struck out Sutton to end the inning.

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