By DONOVAN MOFFAT
ALLENTOWN, P.A. – After scoring 10 runs a night before, Rochester’s offense picked up where it left off and routed Lehigh Valley 19-6 on the road Wednesday night in the first game of a two-game series.
Rochester (37-39) plated nine runs in the first five innings and six Red Wings batters finished with two or more hits in the game on their way to their third straight victory.
A four-run first inning for the Red Wings set the tone early as Jaylin Davis collected a hit in his third straight game.
Maggi led the game with a single to right field and Wade walked on five pitches. Rosario reached base later in the inning after an infield error and loaded the bases to set the scene for Davis.
Davis continued his strong performance at the plate in his next at-bat and roped an RBI triple to center that plated Rosario and extended the Red Wings lead to five.
Davis ended another impressive night going 3-for-6 with three RBI and two runs scored.
Brent Rooker went deep in the fourth inning and now has 12 homers on the season.
A six-run seventh inning put the game out of reach as the Red Wings had five hits in the frame, including a three-run blast from Zander Wiel.
Maggi and Sawyer each had two hits apiece. Maggi extended his hitting streak to three, scored three times and had a solo shot in the eighth inning for his ninth of the season. Wynston Sawyer knocked in a run and drove in another with a pair of doubles.
Rosario went 3-for-6 with four runs scored and two RBI. Wiel was 3-for-6 with three RBI and two runs scored. Wile has three straight multi-hit games.
Valdespin led the team going 4-for-6 on the night with three runs scored and a team-high five RBI that included a three-run round tripper in the ninth for his seventh home run of the year.
The Red Wings outhit the IronPigs 18 to 11 in the game.
Drew Hutchison (6-4) picked up his first win as a Red Wing and ended his night with 5.2 innings thrown and allowed five runs on six hits with four walks and added four strikeouts.
Lehigh Valley’s Nick Williams led the IronPigs going 4-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.
The Red Wings are now 18-8 in the month of June and move to just 8.0 games out of first place in the International League North and 6.5 games out of the last wild card position.
The final game of the two-game series against Lehigh Valley (35-40) is slated for a 7:05 first pitch Thursday night.