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Rochester Red Wings Review: April 20th-26th

April 20th

Rochester @ Syracuse – Postponed scheduled to be made up 4/21

April 21st

Rochester 2, Syracuse 0 – Game 1
W: Taylor Rogers (1-0, 2.37)
L: Richard Bleier (0-1, 3.38)
SV: Michael Tonkin (4)

After an extra day off thanks to some bad weather, the Rochester Red Wings and Syracuse Chiefs locked up for a double-dip.  Taylor Rogers got the start in the abbreviated first game and was excellent for the Red Wings.  He went six innings giving up four hits and a walk while striking out six.  He also didn’t give up a run and was picked up in the seventh by closer Michael Tonkin who walked one and struck out one.

Their wasn’t much offense to speak of in this game as it would all come in one inning.  Doug Bernier led off the third inning with a double and later scored on a single by Argenis Diaz.  The final run would come in that inning when Diaz would be driven in on an infield single by Eddie Rosario bring the score to 2-0.  It would stay that way as Tonkin would close the door and assist in the Red Wings sixth win of the season.

Syracuse 1, Rochester 0 – Game 2
W: Evan Meek (1-0, 0.00)
L: A.J. Achter (2-2, 4.50)

Syracuse would get their revenge in the second game of the day thanks to a walk-off home run by Jason Martinson, which was his first of the season.  In what was a tremendous follow-up to their last meeting, Syracuse’s A.J. Cole lined up with Rochester’s Alex Meyer in their second duel in a week.

Neither pitcher allowed a run, but Meyer was a touch better thanks to his 11 strikeouts.  Unfortunately it wasn’t in the cards for the Red Wings and they would end the double header with a record of 6-6 on the season.

April 22nd

Rochester 11, Syracuse 7
W: Stephen Pryor (1-0, 9.95)
L: Sam Runion (0-1, 6.35)

After two games with little offense, the Red Wings and Chiefs would unload on each other on Wednesday combining for 18 runs on 24 hits, with Rochester coming out on top 11-7.  Eddie Rosario would hit his second home run of the season for the Red Wings and Syracuse would add bombs from Jason Martinson, Ian Stewart and Michael Taylor.

Pitching certainly wasn’t the story in this one for either team.  Both starters didn’t last very long in this one as Red Wings Jason Wheeler would get chased in the fifth inning and Syracuse’s Taylor Hill in the fourth.  It would be up to the bullpen to get the job done and in this one Rochester’s was better.

April 23rd

Rochester @ Syracuse – Postponed due to bad weather and scheduled to be made up on 7/10

April 24th

Rochester vs Syracuse – Postponed due to bad weather to be made up 4/25

April 25th

Syracuse 5, Rochester 4 – Game 1
W: Scott McGregor (1-1, 4.61)
L: Michael Tonkin (0-1, 2.57)
SV: Evan Meek (2)

For the second time this week, Syracuse and Rochester had to play a double-header thanks to mother nature.  Michael Tonkin blew his second save of the season and suffered his first loss for Rochester, while Chiefs’ starter Scott McGregor did just enough to secure the win for Syracuse.

Michael Taylor, who came back down to Syracuse after starting the season with the Nationals, is making a case for a short stay in Triple-A.  Taylor went 2-for-4 in this one driving in two runs.  He also scored twice being a part of four of the five runs in the game.  He is hitting .538 in his return to Syracuse.

The Chiefs needed a little more than an inning from Evan Meek who would oblige allowing two walks, no runs, and no hits.  With the win Syracuse would improve to 6-9, while the Red Wings fall to 7-7.

Rochester 5, Syracuse 2 – Game 2
W: Logan Darnell (1-0, 3.60)
L: Bruce Billings (0-2, 5.54)

In true Chiefs and Red Wings fashion, the teams split a double-header again as Rochester would come out on top in game two by a score of 5-2.  Rochester would take a 5-0 lead into the seventh inning, which is the final inning in a minor league double-header, and would be forced to hang on as Syracuse would battle back with two runs but end up falling short.

Lester Oliveros go the start for Rochester and was really good striking out nine in four innings, but didn’t last long enough in his outing to record the win.  It was his fifth game overall but was his first start this season.

April 26th

Rochester 6, Syracuse 4
W: Pat Dean (2-0, 0.90)
L: Taylor Jordan (1-2, 3.21)
SV: Michael Tonkin (5)

It has been a long week for these two teams having to deal with postponed games and double headers.  Sunday was the final game of this long home-and-home series between these rivals.

Rochester starting pitcher Pat Dean was in total control in this one going eight innings allowing one run on six hits while striking out seven.  He was the benefactor of some offense by the Red Wings as they would give him six runs to work with.  He didn’t need them all enroute to his second win of the season.

Michael Tonkin was called in to make one after a shaky relief appearance by Stephen Pryor who allowed the Chiefs to come back in this one.  Tonkin struck out the only batter he faced notching his fifth save of the season.

The Week Ahead

April 27th – 30th vs Columbus
May 1st – May 3rd vs Norfolk

John Ginder

Site Co-Founder/Senior Editor and Co-Host at Legends on Deck® The Podcast
In the past John has been a part of such successful sites as MetsMerizedOnline and MetsMinors.net.John was born and raised in upstate New York and has a love of all sports but mainly baseball. He has grown used to heartache with his teams as he roots for the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres too.John has a loving and understanding wife and is the the proud father of two amazing boys.He also loves heavy metal music.

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