Scott Diamond struck out six to record the win, and Chris Parmelee homered to lead the Red Wings to a 6-1 win over the Louisville Bats at Frontier Field Friday night. The teams will play a 1:05 p.m. game on Saturday, part of the City of Rochester Clean Sweep event.
Rochester starter Diamond (2-3) yielded a leadoff single to Jason Bourgeois to start the ballgame. Diamond struck out Skip Schumaker, then fanned Ruben Gotay on the front of a double play when catcher Dan Rohlfing threw out Bourgeois trying to steal second base.
The Wings came into Friday's game with an 11-7 record when scoring first. Doug Bernier worked Bats starter Tim Crabbe for a walk, and James Beresford followed with a single that moved Bernier to third base. Parmelee's fly ball to center was deep enough to bring home Bernier with the first Rochester run. Beresford stole second base and moved to third on a wild pitch, and Oswaldo Arcia's two-out single drove home Beresford for a 2-0 Red Wings lead.
Arcia contributed with his glove in the top of the second inning, ranging far to his right and making a sliding catch to rob Thomas Neal of a base hit.
Deibinson Romero added to the Wings' lead in the second inning. Chris Rahl opened the frame with a single, and Rahl came all the way around to score on Romero's double into the left field corner to make it 2-0 Rochester.
Diamond worked effectively through the next three innings, allowing a pair of walks and a single. Arcia made another outstanding catch in the third inning, running in and making a sliding catch to take away a hit from Kristopher Negron.
Crabbe was even better, setting down 12 straight batters after Romero's second inning double.
In the top of the sixth, Louisville broke up Diamond's shutout attempt. Bourgeois doubled with one out, and scored on Schumaker's single to make it a 3-1 game. Diamond settled down to strike out Ruben Gotay, and Beresford snagged Chris Nelson's line drive to escape further trouble.
The Wings finally got to Crabbe, and earned back the run the Bats had picked up, in dramatic fashion - when Parmelee golfed a 2-0 pitch over the wall in right-center for his fifth home run of the season. The blast also extended Parmelee's hitting streak to 15 games - longest in the International League this season. An RBI double by Brad Nelson scored Wilkin Ramirez to make it 5-1 Wings, and signalled the end to Crabbe's night. Chad Rogers took over for Crabbe, and promptly loaded the bases by walking two batters. Rogers struck out Rohlfing for the second out, and got a pop out from Bernier to end the inning.
Diamond worked into the seventh inning for the first time this season, but the Bats had a pair of baserunners on with two out and A.J. Achter came out of the bullpen for the Wings. The Bats countered with pinch-hitter Feliz Perez, and Achter got a fly ball to end the threat.
For Diamond, it was a solid start covering 6 2/3 innings in which he scattered six hits and allowed just one earned run. He walked one and struck out six, throwing 85 pitches - 55 for strikes.
The Wings added an eighth inning run when Eric Farris scored on a wild pitch by Pedro Villareal.
Achter picked up his second save of the season.