This Day in Red Wings History: Bell, Padget expel summer woes in win over Toledo

Eric Bell. (Photo courtesy of Rochester Red Wings)


Eric Bell and Chris Padget had been mired in rough patches since June. Bell, a 6-foot southpaw in his fourth season with the Rochester Red Wings, had gone 11 consecutive starts without a victory. During the stretch, he shouldered an 0-2 record with a 6.67 earned run average and nine no-decisions.

Padget, who spent three weeks on the disabled list with a back injury, was looking to find his groove. On this day in 1990, both players broke out of their summer funks against the last-place Toledo Mud Hens.

Bell hurled eight innings of one-run ball and Padget finished a single shy of the cycle in a 6-1 win to secure the four-game sweep.

Padget’s base knocks came in his first three plate appearances. The 6-foot-1 first baseman doubled as part of a three-run opening frame. Padget continued with what would be his sixth and final homer he hit this season: a solo shot in the third to extend the lead to 4-0.

“I’m not a home run hitter,” Padget told the Democrat and Chronicle. “I never have been. I hit to gaps. Every once in a while, a line drive will go out.”

His double in the fifth inning ignited a two-run rally as the Red Wings took a commanding 6-0 advantage.

Despite only striking out two of the batters he faced, Bell pitched to only one hitter over the minimum through his first six innings. The 6-foot southpaw limited the damage to a Milt Cuyler RBI single. For Bell, it was his first win since June 20th against Richmond.

“In the previous outings, I felt like I had thrown like the old me,” Bell said. “More than anything today, I was satisfied that that was the old me.”

Toledo batting

Batter  p  ab  r  h  bi 
Cuyler  CF  4  0  1  1 
Lombardozzi  SS  3  0  0  0 
Michel  1B  4  0  2  0 
Rowland  C  4  0  0  0 
Lovullo  2B  4  0  1  0 
Lindeman  LF  3  0  0  0 
Livingstone  3B  3  1  1  0 
Clark  DH  3  0  1  0 
Lusader  RF  3  0  0  0 

Rochester batting

Batter  p  ab  r  h  bi 
Nixon  DH  1  0  0  0 
Lofton  DH  4  0  0  0 
Turner  2B  4  1  0  0 
Brown  SS  5  0  1  0 
Gomez  3B  4  1  1  1 
Padget  1B  3  3  3  2 
Chance  LF  4  1  3  2 
Komminsk  RF  3  0  2  1 
Eberle  C  4  0  2  0 
Hithe  CF  4  0  2  0 

Toledo pitching

Pitcher  IP  H  R  ER  BB  SO 
Hansen  4 1/3  9  6  6  2  5 
Schwabe  2 2/3  4  0  0  1  1 
Vesling  1  1  0  0  0  0 

Rochester pitching

Pitcher  IP  H  R  ER  BB  SO 
Bell  8  5  1  1  1  2 
Woodward  1  1  0  0  0  0 

Also on this day: 1982 – Leo Hernandez hit his 10th home run in a 4-2 Red Wings victory over Syracuse. This gave the Red Wings a total of nine players with 10 or more home runs on the season. The only other Rochester team to accomplish this was the 1962 squad, who also had nine; 2006 – Carlos Pena’s two-out home run in the eighth inning rallied the Pawtucket Red Sox to a 5-4 win over the Red Wings at Boston’s Fenway Park Saturday night. Kevin West hit a two-run homer and Shawn Wooten had two hits and an RBI for the Red Wings.

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