By CARSON WERNER
LAWRENCEVILLE, GA. — After tying the game with a sixth-inning offensive outburst, the Rochester Red Wings (48-50) were unable to muster any additional runs against the Gwinnett Stripers (57-41), losing 8-4. With the loss, the Red Wings dropped nine games behind the Stripers in the International League wild card standings.
Down by four entering the sixth, Jimmy Kerrigan sparked the Red Wings’ rally with a first-pitch homer off Gwinnett reliever, Jason Creasy. His round tripper made it 13 straight games the Wings have hit a home run, a feat last seen by the team in 2005.
The next batter, Nick Gordon, walked, stole second and scored on a double from Wilin Rosario. After grounding into a double play on a bases-loaded opportunity in the fourth, Jaylin Davis redeemed himself with a game-tying two-run homer to make it 4-4.
Drew Hutchison threw the first five innings for the Wings and gave up six runs on 10 hits.
Sam Clay made his Triple-A debut when he relieved Hutchison with one out in the sixth. Inheriting two base runners, Clay gave up a hit and struck out two to end the inning. He continued into the seventh and struck out the side before being replaced by Gabriel Moya in the eighth.
Rosario, Gordon and Davis each finished with two hits and a run scored. In their last 10 games, Rosario has had two or more hits in seven while Gordon has had a hit or more in eight. Davis now has five home runs and 11 RBI in his last seven games.
Rochester and Gwinnett will continue the three-game set on Saturday with a 6:05 p.m first pitch.