The game's hero was certainly Garrett Jones. He was in the middle of everything it seemed, going 3 for 4, driving in 3 runs, and making a potential game saving defensive web-gem diving stab of a grounder that was headed into right field in the 9th.
Starting pitchers Mike Smith and Gavin Floyd sailed through the first 2 innings but Scranton broke the ice in the 3rd, scoring a run on a DP grounder. Rochester answered back in the 4th when Jones' towering fly ball fell untouched in right field, apparently lost in the lights. Jones sped to third on West's grounder to the right side; remained there as Glenn Williams weakly went down on strikes; but scampered home when clutch hitting Alex Romero swatted the first pitch to left for a base hit.
As has been the case most of the season, the Red Barons wasted no time regaining the lead in the 5th. After Smith easily retired the first 2 batters, Bobby Scales launched a high drive to deep left. Romero got back and appeared to catch the ball but his momentum carried him into the left field fence and the ball jarred loose. Scales landed at 2nd base where he then scored on a two strike hit by light hitting Ryan Fleming. A walk and a two run double by Carlos Leon followed and the Red Barons had grabbed a disheartening 4-1 lead.
It was at this point that Cliburn rallied the troops in the dugout. And the Wings went right to work in the bottom of the 5th, loading the bases with none out. Garrett Jones then hit a seeing eye grounder that just eluded the second baseman and two runs scored to narrow the deficit to 4-3. Terry Tiffee followed on the very next pitch with a line single and suddenly the game was tied 4-4.
In the 6th the Red Wings displayed some two out magic of their own. After the first two batters went down quickly, Andres Torres lined a base hit to keep the inning alive. Torres, who was thrown out stealing in the 1st inning, then took off for second again. This time Wathan's throw eluded the second baseman and sailed into center field. Torres picked himself up and motored into 3rd base. Tommy Watkins then battled Floyd for several pitches before delivering a huge base hit to center to give the Wings the 5-4 lead. Quinton McCracken followed with a single moving Watkins to third. Then that man Jones delivered his 3rd hit of the night scoring Watkins with what would turn out to be the winning run as Rochester went up 6-4.
Beau Kemp came on in the 7th and retired the Red Barons without a run, but he ran into trouble in the 8th. Pedro Swann led off with a screaming liner down the 1st baseline that got lost in the right field corner. By the time the ball was recovered, Swann was standing at 3rd with none out. Hot hitting Gary Burnham quickly delivered Swann with a line single to center and suddenly it was 6-5 with none out. Kemp however bore down and retired the next 3 batters to preserve the lead.
It was then left up to rookie Bobby Korecky to close it out in the 9th. Korecky got the first batter Fleming on a routine grounder, but then he walked Dusty Wathan on 5 pitches to put the tieing run on first. With speedy Juan Sosa running for Wathan, Carlos Leon hit a scorcher wide of 1st that was headed for right field. Garrett Jones dove for the ball, stopped it, recovered and then just barely won the footrace to the bag to retire Leon. With Sosa in scoring position and the crowd on its feet cheering every pitch, the count went full on Josh Kroeger before he finally lofted a fly ball to center to end the game and give the Red Wings their first post season win since they clinched the Governor's Cup in 1997.
This game had everything: seeing eye basehits; 7 runs scored after two were out; great defensive plays; stolen bases; 2 bunt-for-base-hits; a great comeback by the Wings; and high drama at the end. Scranton had men on base in virtually every inning. The top 4 hitters in the Wings lineup accounted for 10 of Rochester's 12 hits. For entertainment value, this game had it all.