ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Rochester Red Wings (32-26) took an early five-run lead and held off a furious comeback by the Gwinnett Braves (28-41) for a 12-8 win in game two of the four game series Friday night at Frontier Field in Rochester, NY.
After a scoreless inning and a half, the Red Wings erupted in the bottom of the second off of G-Braves’ starter Yohan Flande (L, 3-6). Chris Colabello led off the half inning with a single and Jeff Clement followed with a single to put two on with no one out. Dan Rohlfing moved the runners to second and third with a sacrifice bunt, both scored on a double by Doug Bernier, giving Rochester a 2-0 lead. After a walk to Ray Olmedo, Anton Richardson tripled both runners in, upping the lead to 4-0. Richardson was driven home on a single to center by Eric Farris giving Rochester a 5-0 lead after two innings.
Gwinnett cut into the lead in the top of the third. Rochester starting pitcher Pedro Hernandez walked Paul Janish and gave up a single to Jose Yepez, putting two runners on base. Todd Cunningham reached on a fielders’ choice, forcing Yepez out at second and moving Janish to third. Janish then scored on a single to right by Tyler Pastornicky, making it 5-1.,
However, the Red Wings grabbed the run right back, as Colabello drilled Flande’s first pitch in the in bottom of the third over the wall in right center, giving Rochester a 6-1 lead.
The G-Braves kept the pressure on in the top of the fourth as Terdoslavich hit a homer to left off of Hernandez to cut the Rochester lead to 6-2. Stefan Gartrell followed with a single, Joe Leonard reached on an error by Rochester third baseman Trevor Plouffe and Janish singled to load the bases. Yepez drove in both Gartrell and Leonard with a single to make it 6-4.
But in the bottom of the fifth, the Red Wings stretched the lead again. Flande gave up a leadoff single to Rohlfing and walked Bernier. Olmedo bunted the runners to second and third. The G-Braves brought in Ryan Buchter from the bullpen and he promptly gave up a three run homer to Drew Butera, extending the lead to 9-4.
Gwinnett scored another run in the top of the sixth. With reliever Shairon Martis in the game, Gartrell and Leonard began the half inning with back-to-back singles and Janish walked to load the bases. Yepez delivered his third hit of the game, doubling to left center and clearing the bases, cutting the Rochester lead to 9-7. Cunningham then drilled a single to center to score Yepez and drawing within one run at 9-8
The Braves would not draw any closer, as the Red Wings would tack on three runs in the last two frames, pulling away and taking their third straight game from Gwinnett.
Flande picked up the loss, going 4.1 innings, allowing 10 hits and eight earned runs.
Hernandez worked 4.0 innings for the Red Wings. He allowed six hits, three earned runs, while recording three strikeouts. He did not factor in the decision, as he did not pitch enough inning to qualify for the victory. Aaron Thompson (W, 1-1) collected the win, tossing 2.1 innings, yielding two hits and picking up three strikeouts.
Offensively for Gwinnett, Yepez was 3-for-4 with 5 RBI. He recorded the most RBI in a single game for a G-Braves’ hitter this season. Gartrell was 3-for-5, while Pastornicky and Cunningham had two hits each.
The Red Wings were led by Rohlfing who was 4-for-4. Richardson, Farris, Plouffe and Colabello each had two hits.
Gwinnett and Rochester meet in game three of the series Saturday night at Frontier Field. Right-hander David Hale (1-3, 6.12) will pitch for Gwinnett. Right-hander Kyle Gibson (6-5, 3.16) gets the start for Rochester. Tony Schiavone will have the call on WDUN 550 AM/102.9 FM). First pitch set for 7:05 p.m.