This Day In Red Wings History: Kevin West caps late surge with three-run bomb

Francisco Liriano. (Photo courtesy of the Rochester Red Wings)

By IAIN HIGGINS

Kevin West followed a go-ahead single from Chris Heintz with a three-run home run on this day in 2005, to secure a 6-2 Rochester Red Wings win over the Durham Bulls in front of 5,805 fans at Frontier Field. 

Soon-to-be IL Rookie of the Year Francisco Liriano held Durham to five hits and two runs in his seven innings of work, fanning five along the way. Beau Kemp closed the final two innings with three strikeouts and no hits.

The seventh inning was crucial for Rochester on both offense and defense. Deadlocked at two, reliever Joe Nelson took the mound for the Bulls, replacing former Red Wing Jimmy Anderson. Jason Tyner singled, then Jason Bartlett worked a walk  setting up Heintz and West to bring everybody in.

Prior to the offensive outburst, Liriano found himself in some trouble in the top of the inning. Ex-Wing Darnell McDonald made his way to third base with only one out. Liriano the struck out Hoover and Upton to end the inning. The lefty would finish the season with 204 strikeouts, leading the minor league. The following season he pitched at the MLB All-Star game representing the Twins.

Heintz grounded out in the first and drove in the initial run to start scoring, but Durham answered with two runs in the second. Rochester tied it in the third when Brent Abernathy went from first to third on a Bartlett single and then scored on an error when the throw from Bulls right fielder Delmon Young sailed into the stands. 

Just four pitches into the game, Durham manager Bill Evers was booted for kicking dirt on home plate after a lengthy argument with umpire Mike Estabrook. Estabrook ruled Durham’s B.J. Upton out in a close call at home. Upton tripled off the wall, then headed home on Trenidad Hubbard’s shallow fly to right. Hubbard and Hoover scored in the second inning for the Bulls and Delmon Young was credited with an RBI.

RED WINGS 6
BULLS 2

DurhamAB RHBIRochesterABRHBI
Upton ss4010Tyner cf4220
Hubbard lf2100Abernathy lf3100
Young rf4020Bartlett ss2110
Snyder 3b3010Heintz 3b4012
Phelps 1b4000Ojeda 3b0100
Munson dh4000West rf3123
McDonald cf4010Rivas 2b4000
Laker c3000Jones 1b3010
Hoover 2b2100Bowen dh4000
Miller c4000
Totals30251Totals31675

Durham 002 000 000-2
Rohester 101 000 40x-6

LOB: Durham 6, Rochester 7; DP: Rochester 3; 2B Jones, McDonald; 3B: Upton; HR: West (12); SB: Tyner 2 (14), Abernathy (5), Hubbard (20), Hoover (3); CS: Upton; PO: Upton; E: Young, Heintz 2, Bartlett; PB: Miller.

DurhamIPHRERBBSO
Anderson 632153
Nelson L, 0-3134410
Gardner110001
RochesterIPHRERBBSO
Liriano W, 4-1752145
Kemp200013

Umpires: Home, Estabrook; 1st, Cooper; 2nd, Cricks; 3rd, Johnson; Time: 2:28; Attendance: 5,805.

Also On This Day- On July 24, 1995, construction on a new stadium for the Red Wings began. The stadium would be called Frontier Field after Frontier Communications, a subsidiary of Rochester Telephone… July 24, 2005 Infielder Terry Tiffee was promoted to the Minnesota Twins today. Tiffee was batting .266 with 10 home runs and 39 RBI in 58 games for the Red Wings. Tiffee heads to Minnesota swinging a hot bat hitting safely in 27 of his last 31 games (.323 41-for-127) with the Wings. This is Tiffee’s fourth promotion to the Twins this season. In 24 games with the Twins, Tiffee is batting .194 with one home run and seven RBI.

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