By PAUL CIFONELLI
Entering the top of the ninth in 1996, Rochester’s chances of snapping its five-game losing streak didn’t look good. The Red Wings were down 4-3 with three outs left to an Ottawa team they had won nine games in a row against. After a six-run ninth inning, Rochester came away with a much needed 9-6 victory and made it 10 consecutive victories against the Lynx.
With the game tied at four in the ninth, Jesse Garcia drew a bases-loaded walk to give the Red Wings the lead. Ten players went to the plate for Rochester in the inning and the first seven batters of the inning reached base.
Julio Vinas’s two-run home run in the seventh inning got the Red Wings on the board and cut the deficit to 3-2. It was 17th homer of the season for Vinas and his fifth in the previous eight games.
“He [Vinas] continues to swing the bat well for us,” Red Wings manager Dave Machemer told the Democrat & Chronicle after the game. “He’s done it all year. In a clutch situation, we wanted him at the plate and he came through for us.”
Rochester tied the game later in the seventh inning when Johnny Isom, the ninth batter in the order, smacked a two-out single. The hit extended Isom’s hitting streak to eight games; a streak that’s seen him go 11-for-28 (.393).
David Post untied the game for Ottawa in the bottom of the eighth with a solo home run, his team’s second of the game. Fernando Seguignol, who was on a rehab assignment for the Montreal Expos, hit the Lynx’s first home run of the game to give them a 1-0 lead.
DP- Rochester 1, Ottawa 1 LOB- Rochester 7, Ottawa 9 2B- Garcia, Clark, Stowers HR- Vinas, Seguignol, Post SF- May SB- Hairston, Isom, Jones CS- Coquillette
Rochester 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 6- 9
Ottawa 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 2- 6
|De La Hoya||5.2||9||3||3||1||3|
WP- De La Hoya HBP- by De La Hoya (Post 2), by Marquez (Hairston) Time- 3:04 Attendance- 3,078
Also on this day: Scott Barker’s grand slam highlighted a six-run fourth inning as Syracuse doubled up Rochester 10-5 at Alliance Bank Stadium in 2005. Chris Heintz had two doubles, extending his hitting streak to 17 games.