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Rochester Red Wings Review: April 9th – 12th

April 9th

Rochester Red Wings 6, Buffalo Bisons 3
W: Alex Meyer (1-0, 5.40)
L: Andrew Albers (0-1, 7.71)
SV: Michael Tonkin (1)

The Rochester Red Wings began play in the 2015 International League season on the road taking on the Buffalo Bisons.  Alex Meyer, the Minnesota Twins fourth ranked prospect, got the call to start the season opener.  Meyer was effective, not over-powering, but effective enough to keep the team in a position to win.  He went five innings allowing three runs on four hits while striking out three.  One number that sticks out, although not alarming for his fist start of the season have to be the six walks issued.

One thing that wasn’t lacking was the Red Wings offense.  Home runs by Brock Peterson and Aaron Hicks highlighted the 11-hit, six-run day Rochester had.  Peterson had the best day offensively going 3-for-4 with a run, a walk, and home run and three RBI.  Two other Red Wing player would have multi-hit days, as Rochester defeated Buffalo 6-3 capturing there season opener.

Red Wings pitching coach Marty Mason should be pleased with how the rest of the pitchers did, as the bullpen would allow one hit and two walks with four strikeouts in four innings of work.  Michael Tonkin recorded the save, which was the 25th in his Triple-A career spanning over three seasons.

April 10th

Game postponed due to weather.  Game will be made up on May 29th.

April 11th

Rochester Red Wings 2, Buffalo Bisons 0
W: Caleb Thielbar (1-0, 0.00)
L: Bo Schultz (0-1, 27.00)

The Red Wings followed up their season opening victory with a thrilling walk-off victory in the second game of the season.  Josmil Pinto was the hero as he sent a pitch over the left center fence for his first home run of the season which ended the game.  Prior to that, both starting pitchers, Taylor Rogers for the Red Wings and Scott Copeland for the Bisons were locked in a classic pitching duel.  Neither team was able to get a hit until the fourth inning, and Copeland even took it further no-hitting the Red Wings until the seventh inning.

A deeper look into this game can be found here: Josmil Pinto‘s Blast Lifts Red Wings Past Bisons

April 12th

Buffalo Bisons 2, Rochester Red Wings 0
W: Randy Wolf (1-0, 0.00)
L: Jason Wheeler (0-1, 2.70)
SV: Bobby Korecky (1)

38-year old Randy Wolf is trying to make his way back to the major leagues.  Now as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays organization, Wolf is hoping for a return trip to a league where he recorded 133 wins in 15 seasons.  If he continues to pitch the way he did on Sunday a return trip wouldn’t be out of the question.  Wolf went five innings giving up give hits, three walks, while striking out four.  He was the pitcher of record picking up his first win as a Buffalo Bison and his 20th overall Triple-A win.

The Red Wings were able to get hits eight total only one being an extra-base hit.  Eddie Rosario and Doug Bernier both had multi-hit games, but other than that not much to speak of, as they left 11 on base and went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

Jason Wheeler got the nod for Rochester and did a good job.  He can only get the outs he can’t score the runs.  Wheeler went 6.2 innings giving up the two runs on four hits with three strikeouts and four walks.

The Week Ahead

April 13th – 15th @Scranton/WB
April 16th – 19th @Pawtucket

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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