Cave stays hot; Wings drub Syracuse

Jake Cave finished 4-for-5 with four doubles and increased his International League-leading hitting streak to 13. (Photo: Bare Antolos/Rochester Red Wings)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Jake Cave added to the longest hitting streak in the International League, and the Rochester Red Wings won their third straight game with a 9-0 drubbing of thruway rival Syracuse.

Cave finished 4-for-5 on the night with four doubles. The Wings centerfielder scored three runs and has hit in 13 straight games.

Cave doubled to center field to lead the second inning and scored one out later on a LaMonte Wade two-bagger. Wade scored on a Randy Cèsar single for an early 2-0 advantage.

Cave doubled and scored in a three-run third when the Wings sent eight to the plate to take a commanding 5-0 lead.  With Thursday’s performance, Cave has connected on 10 extra-base hits over his 13-game streak including seven doubles. He has scored 12 runs during the stretch and drive in 11.

Sean Poppen hurled seven shutout innings and improved to 3-0 on the season. The right-hander struck out eight, walked two and lowered his ERA to 1.57 over 23 innings of work in four appearances. He faced three over the minimum and induced seven ground ball outs.

Zander Wiel and Jordany Valdespin added a two-run home run apiece. Wiel’s ninth round-tripper of the season came off Syracuse starter, Andrew Church, in the third inning.  Valdespin connected off Mets reliever Louis Coleman with a two-out shot in the fifth.

Valdespin went 2-for-5 on the day.

Tomás Telis was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

Brent Rooker drove in a run with two hits. Booker has hit in seven straight including four consecutive multi-hit games.

Cesar was 1-for-2 with three walks and a run scored.

Jake Reed fanned four and walked one over two innings of scoreless relief for the Wings.

Rochester (23-33) collected nine extra-base hits in the win with every player in the lineup registering at least one base rap. The Wings won three games in a row for the first time this season and have taken five of seven.

Rochester stays on the road with a doubleheader at Pawtucket on Friday. The Wings return for a six-game home stand starting on Tuesday, June 11 against Columbus. Former Pittsford Mendon and Monroe Community College star, Danny Mendick will be in town when Charlotte visits Frontier Field Friday through Sunday.

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