By CHUCKIE MAGGIO
To say the Rochester Red Wings were peaking at the right time in the dog days of summer 1976 would be a massive understatement.
The Richmond Braves were the latest victims of the bulldozing Red Wings club on August 2 of that year, failing to score a run in Rochester’s doubleheader sweep.
Randy Stein and Scott McGregor each went the distance, combining to scatter eight hits in 14 innings pitched. The Wings won 5-0 and 1-0, the second and third consecutive shutouts in Rochester’s 13-game winning streak.
Rich Dauer, the International League’s top hitter, provided adequate run support. Dauer collected three hits and drove home two runs to back Stein in the first game along with Dave Skaggs and Larry Harlow driving in runs, then tripled home the only run of the second.
Dauer’s triple was preceded by a lead-off walk and failed double play attempt, while McGregor held the Braves hitless for five innings.
Mike Willis started the shutout streak in the nightcap of a doubleheader against Tidewater the day before. Richmond finally scratched across a run, but just one, in a 6-1 loss the next evening.
The victories contributed to a special year in Rochester, as the Red Wings went 88-50 in the regular season before bowing 3-1 to Richmond in the championship series.
“We’ve played so many doubleheaders lately, the wins just snuck up on us,” Dauer told the Democrat and Chronicle. “We’re just realizing now we have a streak going.”
|Red Wings 5, Braves 0|
|Garcia ss||3||2||2||0||Beall 1b||3||0||0||0|
|Dauer 2b||4||0||3||2||Collins rf||3||0||0||0|
|Duncan 3b||3||0||1||0||Bonnell cf||3||0||0||0|
|Murray lf||3||0||0||0||Sanders dh||3||0||1||0|
|Fiore 1b||3||0||0||0||Geach 3b||3||0||1||0|
|Hutto dh||4||1||1||0||Asselstine lf||3||0||2||0|
|Kelly rf||2||1||1||0||Nolan c||2||0||0||0|
|Skaggs c||3||0||1||1||Ruiz 2b||2||0||0||0|
|Rochester||1 0 1 0 1 2 0 – 5|
|Pawtucket||0 0 0 0 0 0 0 – 0|
|E – Murray, Ruiz. DP – Rochester 2, Richmond 2. LOB – Rochester 7, Richmond 7. 2B – Dauer, Rockett. 3B – Garcia. SF- Duncan.|
|Stein (W, 4-3)||7||5||0||0||2||4|
|Mahler (L, 4-6)||4.1||8||3||3||1||2|
|WP – Mahler. T – 1:40