The Red Wings split a Thursday afternoon doubleheader with Pawtucket at Frontier Field. Pawtucket tied the first game in the seventh inning to force extra innings, then scored a run in the 11th to take the opener 2-1. In the second game, Yohan Pino pitched a two-hitter in a 2-0 Rochester win. The Red Wings will return home for eight games beginning Saturday, April 26 at 4:05 p.m.against Charlotte.
Deibinson Romero singled down the third base line in the second inning against PawSox starter Rubby De La Rosa, and Brad Nelson followed with a double. Eric Farris' sacrifice fly out to right field scored Romero to give the Wings their early 1-0 lead.
The starting pitchers on both sides allowed little offensive activity. Rochester's Logan Darnell scattered four hits over the first six innings, striking out four. Rubby De La Rosa sat down eight Wings in a row at one stretch.
In the top of the fifth, Mike McCoy doubled, giving the PawSox a runner at second base for the first time in the game, but Heiker Meneses popped out to Nelson to end any hopes of a Sox rally.
Chris Rahl led off the sixth inning with a double, his third of the season. Santana moved Rahl to third on a sacrifice bunt. Rahl never made it home, though, as James Beresford grounded out and Wilkin Ramirez flied out to left field.
The PawSox took advantage of their final chance to rally. Garin Cecchini started the seventh with a single off Darnell, and Ryan Pressly replaced Darnell on the mound. Pressly's first batter, Christian Vasquez, hit a double that fell just past a diving Farris. Cecchini scored, tying the game at 1-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh.
Chris Parmelee singled to right field to start the seventh inning against Pawtucket's Alex Wilson, replacing De La Rosa, who allowed four hits and one earned run with five strikeouts in six innings. Romero hit a liner to left field for a clean double, giving the Wings two opportunities to score game-winning runs. Rochester loaded up the bases, as Wilson intentionally walked Nelson.
The PawSox got the first out, with Heiker Meneses throwing out pinch runner Doug Bernier trying to score on a fielder's choice. The PawSox then turned an unusual double play to force extra innings. McCoy stopped short of snagging Fryer's fly ball in shallow center field, with Romero waiting to tag up on the catch. Romero then broke for home after seeing the ball drop right in front of McCoy. Romero was thrown out at the plate, and the Sox turned two when they caught Nelson going to third on the play.
Rahl came through with another key hit, this time a line drive single in the bottom of the eighth. Santana laid down another sacrifice bunt to push Rahl over to second with one out. Beresford's ground out to second base and an intentional walk put the Wings with the game winner in scoring position once again. Bernier couldn't bring in the run though, and struck out looking against Dalier Hinojosa.
Pawtucket put a runner in scoring position early in the 10th against A. J. Achter. Brock Holt led off with a triple to the right field corner past Bernier. The Sox couldn't score Holt, though, after the Wings brought in Aaron Thompson and Holt was thrown out by Beresford trying to score on a ground ball.
The PawSox opened the scoring in the 11th after their three scoreless innings. Brentz, who got on base with a single, scored off a Meneses single. Rahl double clutched before firing home, but Brentz slid by and scored the game-winning run.
The bottom of the 11th was a quick one-two-three, with two fly outs and a ground out. Thompson took the loss, dropping his record to 1-1, while Wilfredo Boscan (1-0) got the win.
Rochester right-hander Yohan Pino made the spot start against PawSox lefty Chris Hernandez. The Wings picked up a pair of hits against Hernandez (0-2) in the first, but again failed to capitalize on picking up a run.
Doug Bernier took care of the Wings' 10-inning scoring drought with a solo home run into the Pawtucket bullpen; the second inning homer was Bernier's second of the season.
The PawSox got a double from Brock Holt to open the fourth, and he moved to third base with one out. But Pino worked out of the jam and Holt was stranded at third.
Brad Nelson started off the home half of the fourth with a lead-off single and then with one out Eric Farris smacked a 3-1 pitch up the middle for a single for the Wings, but failed to score again with a runner in scoring position.
Pino shut down Pawtucket in the fifth with a perfect inning, striking out the final two batters.
The Wings threatened in the fifth with two outs as Wilkin Ramirez singled and Deibinson Romero doubled, but failed to execute again to score with runners in scoring position, still holding the lead 1-0.
Pino wiggled his way around a lead-off walk, forcing two fielder's choices and a pop out in foul ground to Romero to end the sixth, having faced only three over the minimum at that point.
The Red Wings delivered a meaningful two-out hit in the sixth inning. With Farris at second base and two out, Chris Rahl drilled a double to give the Wings an insurance run and a 2-0 lead.
Facing the middle of the Pawtucket lineup, Pino (2-0) got three quick outs to seal the shutout win and doubleheader split.