The 2006 Red Wings are like the little girl with the curl...when she’s good, she’s very good; but when she’s bad......
Last night, the Wings were very bad, and it was evident from the first inning that both starting pitcher Jason Miller, and the entire Red Wing offense didn’t have it.
“It’s the first time I saw Miller not attack the strike zone,” Manager Stan Cliburn said. “He was aiming the ball. He couldn’t get his breaking ball over.”
Miller’s night was done after 3.1 painful innings, in which he allowed seven hits, five earned runs and five walks (one with the bases loaded). He struck out no one.
Meanwhile, the Wings’ offense sputtered all evening thanks to a very nice effort from Justin Germano, who pitched in front of a rather quiet crowd of 10,279, which included some 60 family members and friends. (Germano’s father is from Rochester, so at least a few in attendance were happy with the outcome.)
The Wings only run came in the ninth, as they avoided yet another shutout. The game ended, rather fittingly, with Thomas Watkins getting thrown out at second base trying to advance on Andres Torres’ sac fly. All in all, it was a gruesome night for the Red Wings, and certainly not a good start to what shapes up to be a very difficult eight game home-stand.
This and That:Twins have signed outfielder Qunton McCracken, and he will report to the Wings. He will join the team Monday. McCracken was released by Cincinnati on July 14th, where he batted .208 with 1 HR and 2 RBI in 45 games. The Wings are playing under their limit right now, so another body will help.Ricky Barrett left yesterdays game with a pain in his left elbow. Is it serious? “Anytime you are dealing with an elbow it’s potentially serious,” Stu Cliburn said. Barrett was out for a month just prior to this week with a tender forearm, so this is indeed not good news.The Red Wings have fallen to third in the International League in batting (.266) but they remain in first in team ERA with a sparkling 3.14. Compare that to the last time they led the league in that category...1976 with a 3.51 mark.Last night was quite a night for little old Rochester. Over 10,200 attended the baseball game; over 9,200 attended the Rhinos soccer game just down the street; and nearly 11,000 were at the American Idol Concert at the Blue Cross Arena. That’s a lot of activity for our city and it was evidenced by total gridlock downtown at around 6 pm. Toss in a huge American Legion parade and oh yes, a few miles away Johnny Mathis was performing. (My family went to the Idol’s concert....it was very entertaining...probably a lot more than the baseball game)Charlotte did us a favor by beating Scranton, so the Wings lead remains two games. However, they now lead Louisville by only one game, so if Rochester should fall out of first, the Wild Card is definitely up for grabs. Henry Bonilla makes a start tonight, if the game isn’t rained out, which is a definite possibility.Despite the total bonehead running gaffe that ended the game, Tommy Watkins has an 11 game hitting streak going (14-34) and he has now hit safely in 16 of his 18 games with the Red Wings. We’ll forgive you Tommy; we weren’t going to win last night anyway......