ROCHESTER, N.Y. – All the run scoring came in the seventh. Unfortunately for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders their two-spot was answered with a three-run effort by the Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins) in a 3-2 SWB loss at Frontier Field on Saturday night. The RailRiders (69-53) saw their season-high-tying winning streak stall at six while Rochester (62-60) staved off a fall to .500.
Rochester hurler Michael Bowden gave up a leadoff double to Ben Gamel to start the game. He did not allow another hit until the seventh when Aaron Judge singled to snap a string of 13 straight retired. It was the first of four straight two-out knocks with run-scoring blows by Slade Heathcott and Cole Figueroa for a 2-0 lead. Austin Romine then doubled before his fellow IL All-Star Kyle Roller struck out to leave men at second and third.
SWB starter Kyle Davies had faced two over the minimum through six scoreless innings on 71 pitches. However, the home seventh began with a no-doubt home run by Reynaldo Rodriguez, his 15th, for a 2-1 margin. Kennys Vargas then singled, Oswaldo Arcia fouled out to the catcher and Xavier Avery lined a ball up the middle. Avery’s contact errantly deflected off of Cole Figueroa‘s glove, sending Vargas to third while Rob Refsnyder‘s throw to third gave Avery second.
That ended Davies’ night with Branden Pinder entering from the bullpen. Argenis Diaz welcomed him with a smack to deep right caught by a diving Judge. The runners tagged and advanced as Vargas scored on the sac fly for a 2-2 draw while Avery took third. With Eric Fryer at the plate, a balk call against Pinder gave Avery the plate for the 3-2 score.
The RailRiders put men on base in the eighth and ninth, but never got a man beyond first base.
Bowden (9-3) earned the win, Davies (8-7) suffered the loss and Aaron Thompson secured a save.
The series concludes at 1:35 p.m. on Sunday. Right-hander Kyle Haynes (1-1, 7.53) gets the ball for SWB. Rochester has yet to announce a starter.
The RailRiders return to PNC Field for a six-game homestand on Tuesday, Aug. 18 as the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) and Red Wings come to town. It starts with T-Shirt Tuesday presented by Norwegian Cruise Lines. The first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a Mr. IncrediBall T-shirt.