Brutal D Gets Wings Swept In Doubleheader

Bad defense did in the Red Wings Saturday night as Rochester lost 3-1 to Columbus in both games of a doubleheader. 

The Wings scored first in both games. In game one, Brian Dinkelman launched the first pitch of the second off the roof of the Power Alley Grille in right-center field to give the Red Wings a narrow 1-0 lead.

From there, both offenses would continue to remain dormant until the top of the sixth inning. Unable to build upon their 1-0 lead in previous innings, the Red Wings found themselves back at square one when an RBI single from Columbus' Matt LaPorta tied the game at one.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Red Wings threatened the Clippers with a bases-loaded opportunity, but could not convert that opportunity into runs as the game remained tied at one into extra innings.

With two on and two out, Chris Herrman was camped underneath what should have been the final out of the inning. However, the converted catcher flat-out missed. Both runners scored the deciding runs. Rochester got a runner on with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but Dinkleman struck out to end the game.

In game two, the Wings had the bases loaded with just one out. However, a fly out to right field and a strikeout quickly ended the scoring opportunity.

Dinkelman and Nate Hanson started the bottom of the fourth with a pair of singles to give the Red Wings baserunners early in the inning. Eric Farris then singled to right field, but Dinkelman was unable to beat the throw home from Clippers right fielder and former Red Wing Matt Carson. Once again, the Red Wings were unable to capitalize with runners on base.

Rochester finally cracked the scoreboard in the fifth. Joe Benson led off the inning by reaching via an error. After that, Doug Bernier laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Benson to second with only one out. Following a Herrmann strikeout, Colabello stepped up in the clutch and ripped an RBI double to score Benson from second, giving the Red Wings a 1-0 lead through five.

The Clippers responded in the top of the sixth inning with consecutive singles from Matt Lawson and Cord Phelps. A catcher's interference call then allowed for Matt LaPorta to reach base, giving the Clippers a bases-loaded opportunity. 

Tim Fedroff grounded to first, but Chris Colabello bobbled the ball and threw wildly to the plate, allowing the tying run to score.

Carson was next to hit, and bounced one to Nate Hanson at third. Hanson stepped on the bag for one out, but his throw to the plate was in the dirt. Eric Fryer could not make the catch and the Clippers to a 2-1 lead. No error was charged because Hanson did record an out, but a double play would have ended the inning.

In the top of the seventh inning, Rafael Perez came on to relieve Albers and was welcomed with a solo home run from the Clippers' Juan Diaz which gave Columbus a 3-1 lead. The Wings went quietly in the 7th.

The teams play a single game Sunday at 1:05 p.m.; the Wings will celebrate Mother's Day by wearing pink jerseys, and moms can play catch with their kids on the field after the game.

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