Posted at: 04/25/2014 10:37 PM
Updated at: 04/25/2014 11:29 PM
The Red Wings’ road trip came to a close Friday night with a 6-2 loss to the Pawtucket Red Sox at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, RI.
Despite the setback, the Red Wings (11-10) earned a split of the four-game series and eight-game road trip. The Wings return to Frontier Field Saturday as they open an eight-game, nine-day homestand against the Charlotte Knights (White Sox) at 4:05 p.m.
The Wings grabbed the 1-0 lead Friday on an RBI single from Chris Parmelee in the third inning, who extended his hit streak to a season-high 10 games in the process. Rochester has made a habit out of getting ahead early, scoring first in 15 of their first 21 games this season.
However, the lead would evaporate quickly.
Corey Brown greeted Red Wings starter Trevor May with a lead off home run to right-center in the bottom of the third to pull the Paw Sox even. After a one-out walk, Christian Vazquez gave Pawtucket the 2-1 lead ripping an RBI double to right. Two more walks issued by May loaded the bases for Bryce Brentz, who delivered a two-run double just out of the reach of a diving Eric Farris in center. Red Sox prospect Garin Cecchini would cap the third-inning rally with a sac fly to center that staked Pawtucket to a 5-1 lead.
May (1-1), who entered the day having allowed just five runs, three walks and one extra-base hit over his first three starts of the season, yielded five runs on three walks and three extra-base hits in the third inning alone Friday.
Beginning with May’s last start in Syracuse on Sunday, the Wings rotation had allowed just six total runs (four earned) over the previous five games.
The Wings received solid relief work from Brooks Raley and Aaron Thompson who combined to limit the Paw Sox to just one run over the final five innings.
The Red Wings’ best chance to get back in the game came in the fifth inning. A single by Chris Rahl and a double from Dan Rohlfing put runners on second and third with no outs in the inning. However, the Wings would only squeak out a run as Doug Bernier brought home Rahl with a sacrifice fly after Danny Santana had popped out to shortstop. Parmelee flew out to left to end the threat.
After going 1-for-4 Friday, Parmelee is now batting .459 (17-for-37) over his streak.
Farris, who entered the day T-4th in the IL in batting, picked up two more hits on Friday as he raised his average to .362 on the season and extended his hitting streak to eight games. The Wings centerfielder now has a team-leading 10 multi-hit games in only 18 starts this season.
Wings skipper Gene Glynn will give the ball to southpaw Scott Diamond (1-2, 10.20) Saturday looking for his second straight victory. Charlotte will counter with a lefty of their own in the form of 26-year-old Eric Surkamp (0-2, 6.16).