Red Wings fall to Gwinnett, set franchise record for home runs in a season

Zander Wiel connected on a second-inning home run that broke the franchise team record for round trippers in a season. (Photo: BARE ANTOLOS/Rochester Red Wings)

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By Nick Sciarratta and Chad Raychel

The Rochester Red Wings hit a franchise record 155th home run of the season, but it was not enough to beat the Gwinnett Stripers as they lost 4-3 Wednesday night at Frontier Field.

The Red Wings started out the game in historical fashion against Gwinnett starter Kyle Wright. In the bottom of the second, Zander Wiel clobbered the team’s franchise record setting 155th home run of the season to get the Wings out to a 1-0 lead.

Rochester starter Lewis Thorpe struck out the first four batters he faced and did not allow a hit until the fifth. His outing ended after throwing 6.0 innings, giving up one hit, no runs, and striking out seven, 46 of his 69 pitches were for strikes.

Wright finished with a line of 6.0 innings, five hits, one earned run and six strikeouts. He threw 94 pitches, 63 for strikes.

The Wings were able to plate another run in the the bottom of the seventh against Gwinnett reliver Chad Sobotka. Ivan DeJesus Jr. led off the inning with his second single of the night in his Red Wings debut. Caleb Hamiltonfollowed with a double into the right-center gap, bringing in DeJesus Jr. from first and giving Rochester a 2-0 lead.

Fernando Romero came on in relief in the seventh and pitched a scoreless inning, but was replaced in the eighth by Jeremy Bleich after walking the first two batters of the inning. Bleich entered the game and immediately gave up a single to Andres Blanco, bringing in Ryan LaMarre from second. After the next two batters struck out, Pedro Florimon hit a two-run triple to give Gwinnett the lead. Bleich threw a wild pitch, allowing Florimon to cross the plate and put the Stripers out in front by a score of 4-2.

Jake Reed entered the game to pitch in the ninth and gave up two hits but did not allow a run to score.

Rochester began to mount a comeback in the bottom of the ninth. After Drew Maggi and Ramon Flores both walked to get on base, Brandon Barnes dunked a single over the first baseman’s head, bring in Maggi from second and allowing Flores to advance to third. The lead was cut to 4-3 but the comeback fell short with the tying run on third.

Rochester out-hit Gwinnett 9-5.

One Response to "Red Wings fall to Gwinnett, set franchise record for home runs in a season"

  1. ted   August 8, 2019 at 8:40 am

    One of many very frustrating losses that should have been a win. Rochester’s bullpen is probably the worst in AAA this season and they waste a lot of good hitting. While the Wings struggled with RISP last night, all Romero had to do is throw strikes in the 8th. And he didn’t. Its August and these guys still aren’t doing their jobs. If you are a fan who cares about wins and losses, and not food and fireworks, games like last nights really hurt, Could have closed to within 5 games of 1st. But our pitching staff is not going to get it done this year,

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