Four Home Runs Power Wings to Sweep Pigs

The Red Wings pounded out 13 hits - including Deibinson Romero's two-run, eighth inning home run - in a wild, 13-10 win over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs Thursday afternoon at Frontier Field. The Red Wings swept the four-game series with the IronPigs; the Wings will return home Saturday, June 8 to host the Toledo Mud Hens.

Kyle Gibson came into the game owning an 18-inning scoreless streak. As expected, Gibson continued that streak by retiring the side in each of the first two innings of the game, keeping the IronPigs at bay.

After extending his streak to 20 scoreless innings, Gibson found himself in a third-inning jam. After allowing a lead-off single to Pete Orr, Gibson then issued a walk to Steven Lerud to give Lehigh Valley a scoring opportunity. A two-run home run from Leandro Castro keyed a three-run inning for the IronPigs, as they took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the third.

After Gibson allowed three runs, his catcher, Eric Fryer, proved that he had his pitcher's back as he started the inning with a lead=off triple. Oswaldo Arcia then smacked a two-out, RBI double to left-center, scoring Fryer from third and giving the Red Wings their first run of the game.

The fourth inning would then prove to be one of the most successful innings of the season for the Red Wings.

With his team trailing 3-1, Gibson recorded three consecutive strikeouts in the top of the fourth to rebound from a three-run third inning. In the bottom of the inning, the Red Wings' offense matched Gibson's performance and began to pour on runs. Dan Rohlfing led off the fourth with a single, his fourth hit in as many at bats since being called up from Double-A New Britain. Doug Bernier was then hit by a pitch and Eric Farris earned a walk to load the bases for the Red Wings. With the bases chucked and no outs, Fryer then earned a walk as well, scoring Rohlfing from third base, cutting the deficit to 3-2. Ray Olmedo then hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Bernier from third, tying the game at three. Starter Tom Cochran was then relieved by Bobby Bramhall, but the Red Wings didn't give him a warm welcoming. With just one out and two runners on, Clete Thomas clobbered a three-run home run, his ninth of the season, giving the Red Wings a 6-3 lead. Arcia then matched Thomas' effort by launching a home run to right field, giving the Red Wings back-to-back home runs and a 7-3 lead through four innings.

In the top of the sixth inning, the IronPigs recorded back-to-back hits off of Gibson to start a rally. Gibson fought back by recording two quick outs, but a single from Steve Susdorf scored a run for the IronPigs, making the score 7-4 Rochester. Orr then recorded his second single of the game, scoring one more run to make it 7-5, but the rally was cut short as Farris, playing in left field, threw out Susdorf at third base on the play.

After the Wings went scoreless in the bottom of the sixth, Gibson then allowed the first two batters in the seventh inning to reach base and was relieved by left-hander Aaron Thompson. Thompson worked himself out of the jam by allowing just one run via a Castro ground out that scored Lerud from third.

Clinging to a 7-6 lead in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Red Wings began to tack on insurance runs. Arcia led off with a single down the right field line, and shortly after, Jeff Clement helped the Wings' cause by hitting a two-run home run to right field, giving Rochester a 9-6 lead. Phillipe Aumont then came on to relieve Bramhall, but he too wasn't greeted kindly by the Wings. Aumont issued walks to four of the first five batters he faced, meaning that he walked in a run to push the Wings' lead to 10-6 before the inning ended.

Anthony Slama came on to relieve Thompson in the top of the eighth inning and, following the trend of other relievers in the game, struggled to find his groove. Slama allowed three hits and hit one batter before being relieved by Michael Tonkin, who was making his Triple-A debut. With one out in the inning, Tonkin allowed an RBI single to Troy Hanzawa, which cut the deficit to 10-9, and was taken out of the game after throwing just two pitches. Tyler Robertson came on in relief and immediately recorded the second out of the inning. With two outs and the bases loaded, Robertson forced a ground ball to third base, but Deibinson Romero overthrew Clement at first, allowing the game-tying run to score. Robertson then took matters into his own hands by striking out Cody Asche to end the inning.

With the score knotted at 10 in the bottom of the eighth, Arcia recorded his fourth hit of the day with a lead-off single. Romero quickly made up for his error at third base, ripping a two-run home run to left field to give the Wings' a 12-10 lead. Two batters later, Rohlfing recorded his third hit of the game, a single, to keep the ball rolling. Farris then hit an RBI triple to right-center field, scoring Rohlfing and giving the Wings a 13-10 lead going into the ninth.

The top of the ninth inning brought yet another pitching change for the Red Wings, as right-hander Shairon Martis took the mound. Martis allowed just one single in the inning before striking out the final batter of the game, picking up his second save of the season and finalizing a chaotic 13-10 win for the Wings.

Arcia went 4-for-5 and was a triple short of a cycle. Rohlfing went 3-for-4 and is now 4-for-5 in two games since his promotion from Double-A. Fryer had two hits, two walks, scored two runs and drove in a run.

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