Red Wings fans wondered what the team would do for an encore after Monday nights incredible victory.
Well, for starters, they learned early on that they wouldn’t be seeing Matt Garza in Wednesday mornings businessman’s special. Garza is on his way to the Twin Cities.
Next, they were going to see how well Dave Gassner’s arm has recovered as he prepared to make his first AAA start of the season.
After the smoke had cleared, Rochester hung on for a tough 1-0 win over the Pawtucket Red Sox. Wings got the only run of the game in the very first inning. Lew Ford led off the game with his first double on his rehab assignment. He came in to score on a 2 out single by RBI leader Garrett Jones. Then the zeros piled up. Both Gassner and Sox starter Gabbard were strong. Gassner was on a pitch count and he was lifted after 5 innings. He allowed only 1 hit, to the first batter of the game. He walked 3 and fanned 5. Gabbard pitched 6 innings, allowing only the one run, 4 hits and fanning 9. He took the loss and his record fell to 1-6. Gassner got the win for the Wings. Beau Kemp pitched the final 2 innings to get the save, his 3rd. Wings have tried Korecky and Cameron in the closer role since Neshek was promoted, and neither have been all that effective. In fact Korecky has been mostly ineffective. Kemps ERA drops to 1.95. Wings will take a modest but important 3 game win streak into tomorrow’s final home game against Pawtucket.
Hero of the game for the second night in a row was Quinton McCracken. He made two outstanding catches in center field; one that resulted in a DP and the other a diving catch in the 8th that saved the tieing and go ahead runs from scoring.
Scranton defeated Syracuse 2-0 so the Wings and Barons are still tied for first. Wings are 16 over .500. Their high water mark for the season is 17 over.
More on Terry Tiffee’s incredible hitting with bases loaded. In parts of 3 seasons now with Rochester, Tiffee is 10-20 with an unreal 36 RBI and 5 grand slams with the sacks loaded. There probably wasn’t another hitter in Red Wings history who you would have wanted at the plate Monday night with 2 outs and the bases loaded.
Alexis Who? Alexis Gomez of Toledo came into yesterdays game against Columbus with 3 HR’s. By the end of the game he had 7. Gomez blasted 4 HR’s to lead the Mud Hens to a 15-8 romp over the Clippers.
Over 30,000 tickets have been sold for the Wings-Sox game at Fenway on August 29th., as part of a minor league double header to be held there.
Believe it or not: Garrett Jones had 2 hits tonight to lift his BA to .235. This is the highest his average has been since opening day. He has 28 doubles, 16 HR’s and 75 RBI.