By DONOVAN MOFFAT
TOLEDO, OH – Rochester (34-37) has become one of the hottest teams in the International League as of late, winning eight of its last 11 games and are currently 17-6 in June.
After coming off of a doubleheader split last night in Columbus, the Red Wings split again in back-to-back nights on the road in Ohio.
It was a pitcher’s duel in the first game of a doubleheader Friday night in Toledo as an RBI single from Victor Reyes, lifted the Mud Hens to a 1-0 victory.
In the bottom of the sixth inning with no score, Willi Castro of the Mud Hens roped a two-out triple to right field. With an 0-2 count, Reyes delivered with an RBI single to third base that scored the only run of the contest.
Rochester mustered only five hits in the game. Drew Maggi and Brent Rooker each had a double and Wilin Rosario, Wynston Sawyer and LaMonte Wade singled.
Red Wings starting pitcher Drew Hutchison, threw five shutout innings with six strikeouts and surrendered only three hits and two walks.
Jake Reed, (3-2) took the loss after allowing one run on two hits in one inning. He also added a strikeout.
Mud Hens starting pitcher Drew VerHagen, (3-2) got the win throwing six shutout innings, allowed five hits with one walk and had six strikeouts. John Schreiber picked up his first save of the season with a two strikeout and no-hit seventh inning.
The second game was a makeup of a postponed game in Rochester on May 9, making the Red Wings the home team.
Highlighting the nightcap was a two-run first, three-run third and four-run fifth for the Red Wings as they won the nightcap in a high-scoring affair 9-8. Toledo out-hit Rochester 12-11.
The bats came alive early for Toledo as the Mud Hens put four runs up on the board in the top half of the first inning.
Rochester began to erase that deficit in the bottom half of the inning and answered with two runs.
After three straight singles to load the bases. Rooker grounded into a double play but plated Jordany Valdespin from third. In the next at-bat, Rosario striped an RBI single up the middle that scored Maggi.
A three-run third inning sparked by an RBI double from Rooker and RBI singles from Tomas Telis and Jaylin Davis gave the Wings a 5-4 lead.
Red Wings starting pitcher, Andro Cutura finished with four innings pitched and allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks.
Rochester surrendered three runs in the top of the fifth inning and again trailed by two.
Rooker again delivered at the right time and belted a two-run blast to left field to tie the game. Davis added another RBI single and Brian Schales plated Daz Cameron on a sacrifice fly to extend the Rochester lead.
Four players in the lineup had two hits in the nightcap. Wade went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and two walks. Rooker went 2-for-3 with three RBI, two runs scored and a walk, Rosario finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and run and Davis ended the game going 2-for-3 with two RBI.
D.J. Baxendale (3-4) picked up the win. He finished with an inning thrown and allowed four runs on three hits and had a strikeout with three walks. Ryan Eades picked up his first save of the season. He ended with two innings thrown and allowed just two hits and added a strikeout.
The Red Wings will play the third game of the series on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.