Yohan Pino allowed two hits over seven innings, picking up his league-leading ninth win as the Red Wings beat the Lehigh Valley IronPigs 4-0 Thursday night at Frontier Field. The Wings continue the eight-game homestand Friday night at 7:15 p.m., with gates opening early at 5:30 p.m. Buffalo Bills Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas will sign autographs from 6-6:45 p.m., the first 2,000 kids ages 14 and under will receive a Chris Colabello jersey drawstring bag, and fireworks follow the game.
Rochester sent Pino to the hill for the opener. The right-hander last appeared on June 6 against Charlotte and improved his record to 8-1 with the win. Pino allowed eight hits, including a season-high three homers, four runs (all earned) and a walk with five strikeouts. Lehigh Valley's starter, Sean O'Sullivan, also last appeared on June 6, when he gave up five hits, one run (earned) and a walk with three strikeouts. Both starters pitched in the April 12 match-up, as well.
After a hitless first inning, Pino worked out of an early jam in the second when a leadoff walk and a single by Maikel Franco positioned runners at first and second with no outs. Pino was able to retire the next three batters, keeping the game scoreless.
The Wings recorded their first hit and shortly after recorded their first run on the night in the third inning. Eric Farris was able to leg out a two-out infield single to extend the inning and bring up the next batter, James Beresford. Beresford quickly brought Farris home when he laced a triple into right-center field. Deibinson Romero extended the Wings lead to 2-0 with a single that scored Beresford.
Beresford added to his team leading RBI total in the bottom of the fifth inning when he drove home Pedro Florimon with a bloop single to center field. Beresford's RBI was his 26th on the season and put the Wings up 3-0.
O'Sullivan (3-6) turned in six innings of work, allowing five hits, three runs, two walks, with two strikeouts on 98 pitches (61 strikes).
Farris jumped on Iron Pigs reliever Phillippe Aumont in the home half of the seventh inning to provide some insurance for the Wings. With Wilkin Ramirez on second Farris blasted a single right up the middle of the infield. Ramirez hustled around third and just slid under the tag of the 'Pigs catcher, putting the Red Wings up 4-0.
Pino (9-1) turned in another gem on the mound, allowing no runs on just two hits, all while tying a season high nine strikeouts. Tonight marked the third start that Pino has not allowed a run. Pino threw 110 pitches, 70 of which were for strikes.
Ryan Pressly took the ball from Pino in the top of the eighth inning, working two innings of scoreless relief and notching three strikeouts - including a game-ending strikeout.