The Rochester Red Wings picked up their second-straight win over the Syracuse Mets on Thursday night at Frontier Field by defeating them 10-9. However, it didn’t come easy as the bullpen struggled and almost blew a six-run lead. Rochester has now taken two of the first three games.
Cory Abbott started on the bump for the Red Wings and tossed three shutout innings while striking out six. Connor Grey started on the hill for the Mets and surrendered six runs (four earned) over 3 2/3 innings.
Rochester scored in three of the first four innings. Josh Palacios opened the scoring in the first with an RBI single. Andrew Stevenson plated a run in the second with an RBI single to make it 2-0. The Red Wings put up a four-spot in the fourth to extend their lead to 6-0. Ildemaro Vargas extended his hitting streak to eight games with a run-scoring single. Joey Meneses followed that with an RBI double. Then, Palacios collected his second RBI of the game with a single. Jake Noll capped off the inning with a run-scoring single.
Nick Dini put Syracuse on the board in the top half of the fifth with a grand slam. Dini now has six home runs this season. In the bottom of the frame, Nick Banks brought home a run with a single.
In the seventh, Andrew Stevenson smacked a two-run homer to make it 10-4. Stevenson has now homered six times this season.
Syracuse got a run back in the eighth as Johneshwy Fargas drilled his fourth home run of the season.
The Mets made things really interesting in the ninth. Dini notched his fifth RBI of the night with a single to make it 10-6. One batter later, Quinn Brodey made it a one-run game with a three-run triple. With the tying run 90 feet away, Cody Bohanek struck out swinging on a ball in the dirt, and as he did so, Brodey took off for home, and got caught up in a run down in the process, and was tagged out to end the game.
Rochester’s bullpen combined to allow nine runs, while Syracuse’s bullpen combined to allow four.
The Red Wings will send Jefry Rodriguez to the mound on Friday as they go for their third consecutive victory. The first pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.
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