The Rochester Red Wings snapped a three-game skid with a 4-2 victory over the Syracuse Mets on a humid Wednesday afternoon at Frontier Field. The six-game series is now even at a game apiece.
For the second straight day, it was a pitcher’s duel early on in the game. Each team plated a run in the first five innings before it came down to the battle of the bullpens.
Joan Adon made his second start of the season for Rochester and surrendered an unearned run on four hits over five innings while striking out three. Nate Fisher started on the mound for Syracuse and tossed four innings of one-run ball with three hits, one walk, and three strikeouts.
The Mets opened the scoring with an unearned run off Adon in the third inning. Cody Bohanek scored on a throwing error to make it 1-0.
In the fourth, Josh Palacios collected a two-out RBI with an infield single and tied the game.
After both starters were taken out of the game, the scoring started to pick up. Jake Noll smacked his fifth home run of the season in the sixth to put the Red Wings back on top, 2-1.
However, the lead did not last long as the Mets quickly answered with a run in the top half of the seventh to tie the game. Warren Sanders ripped an RBI single to knot the game, 2-2.
Rochester grabbed the lead again in the bottom half of the frame and never looked back after that. Matt Lipka made it 3-2 with a run-scoring double.
Josh Palacios extended the Red Wings’ lead to 4-2 with an RBI single in the eighth.
Syracuse did have a prime opportunity in the ninth to at least tie the game as they had runners on first and second with nobody out but Rochester reliever Jordan Weems ended the threat by retiring three consecutive batters to end the contest.
The Red Wings bullpen combined to allow just three hits and one run in four innings of work with six strikeouts.
Game three of the week-long series is slated for Thursday at 7:05 p.m.