Clutch Hitting Lifts Wings Past PawSox

The Red Wings used an eighth inning rally to top the Pawtucket Red Sox 5-3 Saturday night at Frontier Field.

After a rocky outing in his last start, lefthander Pedro Hernandez took the hill for the Red Wings and quickly took care of the Red Sox offense in the first inning, retiring the first three batters he faced. The Red Wings offense wasted no time in the first inning as Chris Parmelee continued to stay hot by drilling a one-out double to score Ray Chang from first base, giving the home team the early 1-0 lead. Clete Thomas would single to score Parmelee from second, increasing the Wings' lead to 2-0 before the inning ended.

Hernandez again looked poised in the top of the second inning by getting the first two outs easily, but then faltered a bit by allowing consecutive singles that allowed the Red Sox to cut the lead to 2-1. Rochester would go down in order in the bottom of the second, maintaining a 2-1 lead headed into the third.

Despite allowing four singles in the top of the third inning, Hernandez escaped the inning having only allowed one run that tied the game at two on an RBI single from Mauro Gomez. The Red Wings would go down quietly in the bottom of the third, leaving the score tied heading into the fourth.

Hernandez settled down and held the Red Sox scoreless in the fourth and fifth innings, giving the Red Wings a chance to break the tie in the bottom of the fifth.

Rene Rivera started a one-out rally in the bottom of the fifth by ripping a single to left field. Eduardo Escobar then singled and Chang reached via error to load the bases for the Wings with only one out. Parmelee then ripped a line drive to third base, but it was caught for the second out of the inning. Trevor Plouffe stepped up to the plate with a grand slam opportunity, as he was the last Red Wings player to hit a grand slam at Frontier Field all the way back on August 30, 2008. After forcing a full count, Plouffe went down looking and the score remained tied at two after five innings.

A scoreless sixth inning led to the top of the seventh inning, where Bobby Lanigan came on to relieve Hernandez. After walking the first batter, Lanigan then threw a wild pitch to the next batter to allow the runner to advance to second. A groundout to Parmelee at first allowed the runner to advance to third with only one out. Jon Hee then smacked a grounder to Plouffe at third base, who then threw out the runner at home plate behind a tag from Rivera, preserving the 2-2 tie. Lanigan struck out the next batter to end the top of the seventh before Rochester went down in order in the bottom half of the inning.

Lanigan mowed through the Red Sox in the top of the eighth, retiring the side 1-2-3. Brian Dinkelman pinch hit for Chang in the top of the eighth inning and ripped a single off of new reliever Daniel Bard. Parmelee then reached via walk, giving the Wings runners at first and second with no outs. After Plouffe struck out swinging, Thomas picked up his second RBI of the night by hitting a single that scored Dinkelman from second, breaking the tie and giving the Red Wings a 3-2 lead. Evan Bigley was then hit by a pitch to load the bases for Wilkin Ramirez . Ramirez kept the rally alive by hitting a bloop single to center, extending Rochester's lead to 4-2. Pedro Florimon then hit into a fielders choice at second base, allowing Thomas to score and bringing the lead to 5-2 in favor of the Red Wings after eight innings.

Anthony Slama came on in the top of the ninth and was able to force out the first two batters before allowing consecutive hits to make the score 5-3. Daniel Turpen then came on and got a fly ball for the final out, preserving a 5-3 win for the Red Wings.

Plouffe made two nice plays at third, throwing out Jason Repko on a grounder in the first and making a diving snab to take away a hit from Jose Iglesias.

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