By PAUL GOTHAM
Their four-game win streak came to an end, but it didn’t stop the Rochester Red Wings from pulling off a rarity.
During the fourth inning of Tuesday’s 5-3 loss at Charlotte, Wing third baseman Jermaine Curtis used a little chicanery to slow a Knights’ rally.
With four runs in and Kevan Smith on third base, Curtis used the hidden ball trick to get the Knights second out of the inning.
“They had a rally going, and I figured it was the perfect time,” Curtis told MiLB.com. “I try at least once or twice a year, and it usually works best when there’s a big situation. There was a runner on first and second, they hit a line drive into left. I went to cut it off at third base, and so it was bases loaded. The score was 4-3 at that time with one out, so I knew it was a big situation and no one was paying attention to me.”
“I gave up the hit, and I noticed the guy wasn’t going to score, so I kind of shut it down,” Baxendale added. “I was in between home and the pitcher’s mound. Jermaine caught the ball and kind of gave me a look and then gave me, like, the air throw and put the ball in his glove. I noticed that the coach (Knights manager Mark Grudzielanek) and the guy on third base weren’t really paying attention, so I fake caught it and tried to slow walk around the mound, act like I was regathering myself.”
— MiLB.com (@MiLB) April 18, 2018
Former Wing, Daniel Palka was on second base during the play.
Jake Cave doubled in a run during the first. Willians Astudillo and Gregorio Petit added added runs in the second to give Rochester an early 3-0 lead, but the Wings fell to 4-4 with the loss. Read the complete recap here.
Wing close their series with Charlotte on Thursday before returning home on Friday for the first of seven games at Frontier Field.