BY JONATHAN SKUZA
Rochester fell short of ending its losing streak in extra innings Wednesday evening against the Columbus Clippers.
The Clippers bested the Wings 3-2 in 10 innings. David Fry drove in Jose Fermin with two outs in the extra frame to seal the victory for Columbus.
Rochester did open up the scoring in the third inning. Jake Noll hit a line drive single to left field to score Jecksson Flores, who had doubled earlier in the inning. Two batters later after David Dahl drew a walk to load the bases for the Wings, Riley Adams drew a walk of his own to put Rochester up by two.
Columbus answered in the fourth inning to tie up the game at two. Bo Naylor tied it with a two-run home run with one out in the bottom of the inning. He drove in Gabriel Arias, who had recorded a single the at-bat prior.
The two teams stayed deadlocked at two for the rest of the ballgame, which led to extras. Fry secured the victory for the Clippers and made Rochester have to wait another day to end its season-long losing streak.
Daniel Ponce de Leon pitched pitched five innings of two-run baseball. He recorded seven strikeouts and walked one batter. Ponce de Leon set down eight of the first nine batters he faced to open up the ballgame. The right-hander gave up three hits in his start on Wednesday. Rochester’s bullpen helped keep Rochester in the game for the second straight night. Alberto Baldonado pitched an inning recording one strikeout and inducing a double play to end the sixth inning. Reed Garrett continued his minor league rehab assignment by giving Rochester an inning of relief work where he was able to get a one, two, three inning. Luis Avilan pitched an inning where he struck out one batter and gave up a hit. Mason Thompson finished out the game for Rochester facing two Clippers in his relief outing.
Rochester will look to end its 13-game losing skid as the Wings are back at it against Columbus at 12:05 p.m. on Thursday.