This Day In Red Wings History: Wings squash late rally

Luis Maza. (Photo courtesy of Rochester Red Wings)


Rochester Red Wings leftfielder Luis Maza homered twice while Brian Buchanan and Corky Miller slugged a home run apiece in a tight shootout with Ottawa on this day in 2005. Closer Willie Eyre put a stop to Ottawa’s ninth inning rally, giving the Wings an 12-11 road win at Lynx Stadium. 

Maza’s first home run came in the second inning, dinging the left-field foul and bringing home Brian Buchanan. His second came in the fifth, also a two-run shot. Buchanan’s own two-run deep ball in the third inning marked his first home run as a Red Wing. Yet another two-run homer came from Corky Miller, following Maza’s in the fifth. Four early bombs, plus Garrett Jones’s three-run double in the third put the Wings up 11-2 by the sixth inning. Maza scored the Wings final run as he headed home on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Luis Rivas in the ninth.

Ottawa’s luck changed late as the Wings bullpen quickly gave up seven runs in the final two innings. Wings starter Scott Baker walked one, fanned two, and held the Lynx to four runs in just under seven innings, but he was replaced when he hit his second batter of the inning. Beau Kemp and Travis Bowyer allowed nine hits and seven runs between them before Willie Eyre was called in with the tying run at second and the .300 average Lynx leftfielder Bobby Darula in the batter’s box. Eyre forced a pop up and earned the save.

With the win and Buffalo’s loss to Pawtucket, Rochester sat a game and a half outside of first place in the International League North.

RochesterAB RHBIOttawaABRHBI
Tyner cf6110Castro 2b2010
Abernathy 2b4120Moriarty 2b2110
Heintz 3b5110Raines cf3000
West rf5020Wilken 3b3022
Jones 1b5123Darula lf6111
Buchanan dh4322Freire 1b4121
Maza lf5334Young dh4110
Ojeda ss3100Calzado 3b5130
Rivas ss0001Reed rf 5231
Miller c2112Martinez c5222
Rogers ss5222

E- Baker, Calzado; DP- Lynx; LOB- Red Wings 7; Lynx 10; 2B- West, Jones, Buchanan, Maza, Wilken, Freire, Young, Reed, Martinez; 3B- Darula; HR- Buchanan (1), Maza 2 (5), Miller (8), Rogers (5); HBP- Abernathy, Miller 2, Moriarty, Freire; SF- Rivas; SB-Freire.

Baker W, 5-66.294312
Eyre S, 60.100000
Stephens L, 1-2357712

WP- Kemp; HBP- Abernathy (by Stephens), Miller (by Ormond), Moriarty (by Baker), Friere (by Baker), Miller (by Rodriguez); Umpires- Home, Persinger; 1st Roberts, 3rd Bolick; Time- 2:41; Attendance- 2,813.

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