This Day in Red Wings History: Wings torch Bisons 9-1 to stay in first

By IAIN HIGGINS

Rookie right-hander Mike Adamson held Buffalo to five hits and one run on this night in 1968, keeping the Red Wings at the top of the International League standings and recording his first complete game in professional baseball. Adamson didn’t allow a hit after the fourth inning and retired the final 11 Bisons he faced. The former University of Southern California Trojan also finshed 2-for-4 at the plate with a run scored.

Future American League All-Star Dave May led Rochester’s offensive effort with a two-run homer and a two-run single. Gordie Lund racked up two RBI from a double and a single his first two appearances at the plate.

The Wings collected 12 hits, jumping to an early start with successive doubles by Frank Peters and Lund to put Rochester on the board in the second inning. Merv Rettenmund singled two outs later to bring Lund home.

Rochester continued to pile on the runs. In the fourth, Lund drove in Peters, who found third base on a throwing error by Hank Allen. Errors continued to hurt the Bisons all night, putting runners on base for May’s bomb in the seventh and his bases-loaded single in the eighth and sending Bobby Floyd home on a bobbled ball in right field by Billings. Steve Demeter, a member of both the Red Wings Hall of Fame and the International League Hall of Fame, drove May in for the Wings final run. 

Adamson recorded his fourth victory in five decisions after just one month with the Wings. Fresh from the Orioles, he made history a year prior on July 1, 1967 when he pitched two innings of relief for Baltimore, becoming the first player in MLB history to go straight to the majors without a minor league appearance.

The following season, Lund was traded away by the Orioles to the Seattle Pilots, Seattle’s first foray into the MLB. The team relocated to Milwaukee after just one year.

The Wings eventually finished third in the IL standings behind the Toledo Mud Hens and Columbus Jets.

The Bisons found their lone run in the third as Dick Billings singled, headed to second on a sacrifice, and then headed home off the bat of Terry Harmon. Only one Bison reached second base after that.

Red Wings 9
Bisons 1

RochesterAB RHBIBuffaloABRHBI
Rttnmnd cf3111Harmon 2b3011
Floyd ss5220Walrath cf4000
May rf4224Allen 3b4000
Demeter 3b4021Chance 1b3010
Scrptre lf4000Lopez ss4010
Peters 2b5210Alyea lf4000
Lund 1b4122Casanova c3010
Bates c5000Billings rf3110
Adamson p4120Moore p1000
Dukes ph 1000
Lines p0000
Miles p0000
Totals389128Totals30151

Rochester 020 100 240- 9
Buffalo 001 000 000- 1

E- Allen, Billings, Lines; DP- Rochester 1, Buffalo 2; LOB- Rochester 9, Buffalo 5; 2B- Peters, Lund; HR- May (4); S- Moore, Adamson.

RochesterIPHRERBBSO
Adamson W, 4-1951127
BuffaloIPHRERBBSO
Moore L, 1-2795456
Lines134211
Miles100002

WP- Moore; PB- Casanova. Time- 2:18; Attendance- 3,543.

Also On This Day- On July 10, 1933, Rochester beat Newark 6-1 at Red Wing Stadium. After the game George Puccienelli, one of the heroes of Rochester’s junior world series victory in ’31, was traded to Newark for Rochester native George Selkirk.

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