Legends On Deck

Triple-A: Red Wings Hold Off Mud Hens Late Surge For 9-7 Victory


Red Wings Eddie Rosario connects on one of his two hits on the day. (Photo by Gabe Rodriguez/LOD)

The Rochester Red Wings, Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, withstood a late rally by the Toledo Mud Hens to win 9-7 and keep a one game lead in the North Division of the International League.

With the Red Wings victory they improved to 19-13 at home and it guaranteed the series victory, after losing on Friday 9-7, but winning Saturday 6-5.

Rochester took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second when Eddie Rosario singled, moved to second on a sac bunt and scored on a line drive single to left field off the bat of Thomas Field.

The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the fifth when the Red Wings added three more runs highlighted by James Beresford RBI single, Kennys Vargas‘ walk with the bases loaded and a ground out by Rosario to score the third run of the inning.

In the seventh, Rochester added another three runs on a two-RBI double from Rosario and sac fly from Wilfredo Tovar, scoring Rosario to extend the lead to 7-0.

The Mud Hens finally broke through in the top of the eighth, when Casey McGehee opened the inning with a line drive double to left field. Tyler Collins then singled moving McGehee to third and Miguel Gonzalez hit a sac fly to center scoring McGehee. Another sac fly scored the second run of the inning to pull the Mud Hends within 7-2.

Rochester answered right back with two more runs in the bottom half of the frame, on a double and single to pull ahead 9-2.

The Mud Hens had one last rally in them, as they scored five runs in the top of the ninth, highlighted by an RBI double from McGehee, an RBI ground out and then three straight hits scoring three runs, but came up short, 9-7 to the Red Wings.

With the win, Rochester improved to 37-27 and with the loss the Mud Hens dropped to 28-34.

Top Performers:

Mud Hens
Dixon Machado – 2 for 4, Double, 2 RBI
JaCoby Jones – 2 for 4
Chad Huffman – 2 for 4, R, Double
Casey McGehee – 2 for 4, 2 R, 2 Doubles

Red Wings
James Beresford – 2 for 5, 2 R, Double, 2 RBI
Logan Schafer – 3 for 4, R, Double, RBI (10-game hitting streak)
Eddie Rosario – 2 for 4, 2 R, Double, 2 RBI
Logan Darnell (W,7-5) – 8 IP, 7 H, 2 R (1 earned), 2 BB, 4 K)


David Conde
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