Legends On Deck

Turley K’s 15, Red Wings Take Down RailRiders

Photo by Gabe Rodriguez/Legends on Deck

It was quite a night for the Rochester Red Wings on Tuesday.  Not only did they take down a divisional opponent, they were the benefactors of an amazing pitching performance by Nik Turley.  Not only did Turley strikeout a career-high 15 batters, the first 10 outs he recorded were via the strikeout.  The Rochester Red Wings would be sure that his outing wouldn’t be in vain, and they took down the Scranton/WB RailRiders 8-1.

Tuesday night started out as a good old fashioned pitcher’s duel.  We already heard about Turley, the pitcher for the other side was New York Yankees #7 prospect, and reigning Legends on Deck International League Player of the Week, Chance Adams.

Both pitchers were locked in from the opening pitch and were matching zeroes.  Other than the strikeouts, Adams may have had the upper hand having a no-hitter going until the bottom of the fifth inning.  Red Wings Tommy Field broke that up with a one-out single to left, but wouldn’t prove costly as Adams set down the next two he faced.

Rochester would make the RailRiders and Adams pay in the sixth inning.  With two on and one out, Minnesota Twins #15 prospect Mitch Garver took the 0-1 offering by Adams over the left field wall, for his fourth of the season, giving the Red Wings a 3-0 lead.  It was a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Defensive miscues by Scranton in the bottom of the seventh, led to three more runs by Rochester.  They would tack on two more in the eighth.  Scranton’s Mason Williams would have an RBI single in the top of the ninth ending the shutout, but that would be it.


Turley was an original draft pick of the New York Yankees back in 2008.  After spending time withing their organization he would spend time with the San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox, and Chicago White Sox, before landing with the Twin organization.  Tuesday night’s 15 strikeouts beat his previous career-high of 14 which he set back in April as a member of the Chattanooga Lookouts.

With the loss, Chance Adams dropped to 7-2 and his ERA raised slightly from 1.57 to 2.17.  He is now 7-2 with both losses at the hands of the Rochester Red Wings.

Zack Granite went 3-for-5 with a double and a RBI for Rochester and also scored twice.

Both teams combined for a total of 27 strikeouts (Rochester 10, Scranton/WB 17).  Both teams face each other again on Wednesday night.  Caleb Smith (3-0, 2.94) goes for Scranton/WB and David Hurlbut (3-3, 3.35) is on the hill for Rochester.  It is the rubber game of the three-game series scheduled for 12:35pm est on Wednesday.

John has recently graduated from the University at Albany with a B.A. in History and is currently finishing his Master's Degree there as well in secondary education. After being away from school for over two decades he decided to go back and work towards his dream of becoming a social studies teacher.

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