The Rochester Red Wings plated two runs in the ninth inning but could not erase a three-run deficit as they fell to the Toledo Mud Hens, 5-4, on Wednesday afternoon at Frontier Field. With the loss, Rochester has dropped the first two games of this six-game series.
Patrick Murphy made his third start of the season for the Red Wings and surrendered a pair of runs on four hits over four innings while walking one and striking out three.
Connor Sadzeck replaced Murphy on the mound and allowed a go-ahead run in the sixth. Reed Garrett gave up the other two runs in the eighth. Andres Machado and Luis Avilán had scoreless appearances.
After falling behind 2-0, Rochester tied the game in the fourth on Jake Alu’s RBI double and Daniel Johnson’s sacrifice fly.
Toldeo regained the lead in the sixth and added two insurance runs in the eighth. However, Rochester did not go away quietly. Wilmer Perez collected his first Triple-A hit and RBI with a triple to make it a 5-3 game. Then, Nick Banks followed that with an RBI ground-rule double to make it a one-run game. Donovan Casey came to the plate with the tying run at second but struck out swinging to end the game.
The Red Wings will try to bounce back on Thursday with Joan Adon on the mound. The first pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
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