By JON SKUZA
Rochester’s losing streak continued as the Red Wings dropped their eighth straight game after losing 10-6 to the Scranton Wilkes/Barre Railriders, Wednesday night.
Red Wing pitching struggled yet again. Logan Verrett hurled five and one-third innings giving up six runs on seven hits and one walk. Verrett did record six strikeouts in his outing. The bullpen was not much better as Alberto Baldonado gave up three runs on two hits in an inning and two-thirds and Sam Clay gave up two runs in an inning of work.
Tim Locastro, Miguel Andujar, and Armando Alvarez were the whole Railrider offense on Wednesday. Locastro recorded three hits including two doubles that drove in four runs. Andujar recorded three hits that drove in three runs. Alvarez recorded two hits, one being a three-run home run in the bottom of the second inning.
Rochester opened up the scoring in the first inning after Alcides Escobar connected on a solo shot to put the Red Wings up 1-0. Andujar tied the game with a double that scored Andrew Stevenson. The Railriders started to pull away in the second inning after Alvarez’s three-run home run and Andujar singled to score Estevan Florial to go up 5-1.
Rochester made a comeback after Joey Meneses and Jake Noll both hit home runs in the fourth inning and Adrian Sanchez doubled in the sixth to score Tres Barrera and Ildemaro Vargas to tie the game at five.
Locastro and Andujar scored a combined four runs in the bottom of the sixth to put the game out of reach for Rochester. Taylor Gushue drove in one more run for the Red Wings to cut the Scranton lead to three, but it wasn’t enough as they lost their eighth straight game.
With the loss on Wednesday, Rochester has fallen out of first place in the International League East Division. The Wings are 1-9 in their last ten games.
Rochester will look to end its losing ways in game three on Thursday against Scranton Wilkes/Barre at 6:35.