Rochester’s ninth-inning rally fell short as the Red Wings lost to the Columbus Clippers 6-5, Thursday afternoon.
Rochester scored its five runs in the eighth and ninth innings. Jake Noll started the scoring for Rochester with an RBI double that drove in Andrew Stevenson who led off the eighth with a base hit. Riley Adams followed Noll with a two-RBI base hit that scored Noll and Cole Freeman to cut the Clippers’ lead to three. Adams pulled the Wings within one run in the top of the ninth inning, when he drove in Noll and Freeman for the second time in Thursday’s contest. However, Rochester fell short with the tying run on third with two outs to continue its losing woes.
Noll has recorded back-to-back multi-hit performances for Rochester in its series against Columbus. With a single and two doubles on Thursday, he has recorded his 26th multi-hit game this season. Noll is currently 5-for-14 (.357) in the series with two extra-base hits and two RBIs through the first three games of the series.
Columbus was in control of the game for the first six innings taking a 6-0 lead on Rochester. Gabriel Arias opened the scoring with a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning. In the fourth inning, the Clippers added four more runs to their lead by the way of two hits and a fielder’s choice. The sixth and final run from Columbus came from an Oscar Mercado solo home run in the sixth inning.
Sterling Sharp started for the Wings pitching three innings for them and striking out three Clippers. He gave up three earned runs in his start on three hits and two walks. He gave up two more runs that were unearned due to a throwing error in the fourth inning. The bullpen for the third straight game in the series kept the Wings in the game by only giving up one run. Curtis Taylor pitched two innings where he struck out five Clippers. He set Columbus down in order with three strikeouts in the fifth inning. Patrick Murphy pitched two innings giving up one run on two hits and he struck out one. Matt Brill pitched the last inning for Rochester only surrendering one hit.
Rochester will look to end its franchise-record 14-game losing streak when the series continues on Friday with a 7:05 p.m. start.
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