The Rochester Red Wings fell to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, 8-7, in 10 innings on Friday night at Frontier Field.
The first two games of this six-game series featured pitching duels, but that wasn’t the case in this one as the two teams combined for 15 runs and 21 hits.
It didn’t take long for the scoring to get started as the RailRiders plated a run in the first inning after executing a double steal.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre extended the lead in the second on Armando Alvarez’s two-run double to center and Matt Pita’s RBI single to left. In the bottom half of the frame, Lucius Fox put Rochester on the board with a run-scoring groundout and Nick Bank scored on a wild pitch to make it a 4-2 game.
In the fourth, the Red Wings scored three runs to take the lead. Tres Barrera started the inning with an RBI single to center. Following that, Fox scored on a fielding error to tie the game at four. Luis Garcia put Rochester ahead with a sacrifice fly to center.
The RailRiders scored a pair of runs in the fifth to regain the lead. Max McDowell smoked an RBI double to left to tie the game. One batter later, Jose Peraza hammered a two-run double into the gap in right-center to make it 7-5. In the bottom of the inning, Donovan Casey ripped an RBI single to center to make it a one-run game.
Rochester tied the game in the sixth on Joey Meneses RBI double to left.
In the extra frame, McDowell put the RailRiders in the lead with an RBI single to center. That ended up being the difference in the game as the Red Wings left the bases loaded to end the game.
Meneses collected four of Rochester’s 12 hits. Garcia, Banks, and Urena also had multi-hit games.
Cade Cavalli got the start for Rochester and allowed seven runs (six earned) over 4.2 innings while walking four and striking out six. The bullpen was very good as Alberto Baldonado, Tyler Clippard, and Jordan Weems each had scoreless outings. Francisco Perez surrendered the unearned run in the 10th.
The two teams will meet again on Saturday for a doubleheader. The first game will start at 1:05 p.m.