Arraez walk-off caps Red Wing doubleheader sweep

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Luis Arraez capped a dramatic rally with a walk-off single, and the Rochester Red Wings swept a doubleheader (11-5/3-2) from the Charlotte Knights in International League action at Frontier Field Sunday.

With the sweep, Rochester has won four straight and 12 of the last 13 games.

Arraez plated Wilin Rosario with a two-out single as the Red Wings sent seven to the plate to score three runs in their final at bat.

Trailing 2-0, Jake Cave led the final inning of a scheduled seven-inning affair with a solo shot, his fifth home run of the season. Brent Rooker followed with an infield single, and Rosario reached on catcher’s interference.

Zander Wiel singled to load the bases, and LaMonte Wade knotted the game with a sacrifice fly. One out later, Arraez connected off Knights’ reliever Carson Fulmer with the RBI single.

Jake Reed struck out one and walked one over an inning and a third of shutout work to pick up the win. The right-handed reliever improved to 3-1 on the season.

Devin Smeltzer started and struck out 10 over 5.2 innings.

Arraez finished 2-for-4 in the nightcap. Drew Maggi was 2-for-3 with a double.

Earlier in the day, the Wings erased a four-run deficit in the completion of a suspended game from Saturday.

Wynston Sawyer and Jordany Valdespin highlighted a six-run Wings third with back-to-back doubles. Willians Astudillo started the stanza with single. Cave followed with a base hit. One out later, Rosario brought in the first two runs of the inning with a single.

Sawyer knotted the game at five with a two-run double, and Valdespin connected on a the go-ahead hit. Valdespin scored on a Tomás Telis ground out.

Astudillo and Valdespin collected three hits apiece in the win. Astudillo going 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Valdespin was 3-for-4 with a run scored. Cave, Wade and Telis each had two hits.

Ryan Eades fanned three over two scoreless inning of relief to pick up the win. Fernando Romero hurled three shutout.

Making his first appearance as a pro, Fairport resident Danny Mendick collected four hits and a walk in the series. The former Pittsford-Mendon and Monroe CC star finished 4-for-10 with a stolen base and a run scored in the series. A 22nd round pick of the Chicago White Sox in the 2015 MLB Draft, Mendick is playing in his fifth professional season.

The Wings (32-34) have moved into a third-place tie with Lehigh Valley 6.5 games behind IL North Division-leading Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. They have an off day on Monday before heading to Columbus for a three-game set starting on Tuesday. Rochester plays four games at Toldeo next weekend before returning home to host a pair of games against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday and Tuesday (June 24-25).

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