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Red Wings blank RailRiders, 5-0

Posted at: 04/08/2014 8:58 PM



The Rochester Red Wings behind Kris Johnson and Ryan Pressly blanked the Scranton W/B RailRiders 5-0 for their first victory of the 2014 season. The Red Wings recorded 10 shutouts last season -- the last coming on Aug. 19 vs. Louisville (7-0)...The offense was led by a balanced attack as all nine Wings in the starting lineup picked up a hit and five different guys picked up an RBI.
 
Before assignment to Triple-A Rochester on March 16, Tuesday's starter Kris Johnson had tossed seven scoreless innings over the duration of Major League spring training. Johnson expanded that scoreless streak on Tuesday, holding Scranton W/B scoreless for five innings to pick up the win in his Red Wings debut...Dating back to last season, Johnson has recorded a 4-0 record with a 1.38 ERA (52.0 IP/8 ER) over his last eight starts. The West Covina, Calif. native has also recorded 34 strikeouts to just 14 walks over the stretch...Johnson has now held Scranton W/B scoreless over three con­secutive starts dating back to last season (17.0 IP).
 
Entering Tuesday, second baseman James Beresford led the Red Wings with a .500 average (5-10). Beresford, who has recorded just one home run over seven professional seasons, batted third. Beresford made the most of the opportunity, sin­gling home Chris Rahl with the bases loaded in the fifth inning. He finished the game 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.
 
DH Darin Mastroianni went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored as he extended his International League-best hit streak to 13 games dating back to last August. The Mount Kisco, N.Y. native has now recorded multiple hits in two-of-three Red Wings games this season.
 
Dan Rohlfing went 1-for-1 with a walk, run and RBI sac fly in his season debut. Notably, Rohlfing has found success at Frontier Field. Last season, the St. Louis, Mo. native batted .486 at home (17-for-35) compared to just .196 on the road (10-for-51).