This Day in Red Wings History: Red Wings come two outs away from combined no-no

By CHUCKIE MAGGIO

Sean Maloney, determined to get ahead in the count after issuing a leadoff ninth-inning walk, threw a split-finger fastball over the plate to Luis Lopez. Lopez took advantage, making solid contact for a line-drive single up the middle.

In 113 years of Rochester baseball, there had never been a combined no-hitter. On July 5, 2000, the Red Wings were two outs away from accomplishing the feat.

Syracuse recorded the elusive hit, but Rochester held on for a 3-1 win in front of 5,410 observers at Frontier Field.

Starting pitcher Gabe Molina led the group of four hitless pitchers, striking out nine and allowing just two baserunners – one on a walk and the other on a passed-ball strikeout- in five innings. He was relieved by B.J. Ryan, who allowed two walks but did not allow a hit in two innings. Ryan Kohlmeier, the next man up, tossed a perfect eighth.

“It was a little tough to leave (with a no hitter),” Molina acknowledged to the Democrat and Chronicle, “but we have a quality bullpen.”

Lopez’s hit not only erased the no-hit bid, it put the game’s outcome in doubt when Maloney walked Andy Thompson to load the bases with one out.

The Wings called on Brian Shouse, who walked in a run after recording the second out but recovered by striking out Ryan Freel, to earn the save.

“Any no-hitter is something special,” Maloney remarked. “But I walked the first guy and it’s a cardinal sin for a closer to walk the leadoff guy. The next guy I was just trying to get ahead and throw my split-finger for a strike and he hit it through the hole.”

Rochester earned its first combined no-hitter 11 years later. More on that game in a couple of days.

Red Wings 3, Chiefs 1
Syracuse AB R H BI Rochester AB R H BI
Brent Abernathy 3 0 0 0 Jose Herrera 4 0 1 1
Vernon Wells 3 1 0 0 Howie Clark 4 0 1 0
Chad Mottola 3 0 0 0 Wayne Kirby 4 0 1 0
Luis Lopez 4 0 1 0 Karim Garcia 4 1 1 1
Andy Thompson 3 0 0 0 Tommy Davis 3 0 0 0
Kevin Witt 4 0 0 0 Wady Almonte 1 0 0 0
Kevin Brown 3 0 0 1 Francisco Matos 2 0 1 0
Ryan Freel 4 0 0 0 Rick Short 3 1 2 1
Cesar Izturis 2 0 0 0 Willie Morales 3 1 3 0
Jesse Garcia 1 0 0 0
Totals 29 1 1 1 Totals 29 3 10 3

E- Brown, Freel, Morales. DP- Syracuse 2. LOB- Syracuse 7, Rochester 5. 2B- Clark, Morales 2. HR- K. Garcia (21), Short (1). SH- J. Garcia. SB- Izturis, Kirby.

Syracuse  IP  ER  BB  SO 
Kerry Taylor (L, 5-7) 8 10 3 3 1 4
Rochester IP  ER  BB  SO 
Gabe Molina (W, 1-2) 5 0 0 0 1 9
B.J. Ryan 2 0 0 0 2 1
Ryan Kohlmeier 1 0 0 0 0 0
Sean Maloney .1 1 1 1 2 0
Brian Shouse (SV, 2) .2 0 0 0 1 1

WP- Maloney. PB- Morales.

Time- 2:20. Attendance- 5,410.

Also on this day: Pete Riggan’s go-ahead single in the eighth inning led Rochester past Ottawa in the first game of a doubleheader sweep in 1954… Jim Hutto’s grand slam lifted the Red Wings to a 10-8 win in Toledo in 1971… Jeff Tackett and Shane Turner hit home runs while Curt Schilling allowed just one run in seven innings as the Red Wings defeated Richmond 5-1 in 1989.

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