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

Eric Bell. (Photo courtesy of Rochester Red Wings)

By JOHN LIKANJE

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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