Thursday, June 2, 2011

Rochester's Rally Leads to Victory

Tosoni sparks the comeback (Photo: Dylan Heuer)
It's time for some positivity across Twins Territory and what could be more positive than a thrilling come from behind victory. No, it wasn't the Twins coming back for the victory. It was their AAA affiliate the Rochester Red Wings. Most Twins fans don't get the opportunity to follow a minor league game, so let's take a look at the plays that made this outstanding comeback a reality.

Rough First Inning
Ryan Mullins was the starting pitcher for the Red Wings on Tuesday night but it might be a start that he wants to forget. A lead-off walk, a double, a single, a double, a sac fly, a walk, a double, a double, a single,  a strikeout, and a fly out were the plays that lead to seven first inning runs for the Toledo Mud Hens. It took Mullins 40-pitches to escape the first inning. But luckily his team would respond. 
Toledo 7 
Rochester 0 
Middle of the 1st

Revere Starts the Scoring
Ben Revere supplied the first two runs of the game for the Red Wings. Revere stepped to the plate in the second inning with the bases loaded. On a single, he was able to plate both Chase Lambin and Toby Gardenhire. The Red Wings had cut into the lead but more excitement was still to come.  
Toledo 7 
Rochester 2 
End of the 2nd

Rochester Responds
The Mudhens had added a run to their lead in the top of the third inning. It was important for Rochester to respond in the bottom of the third to keep the game within reach. With one out in the inning, Luke Hughes got walked and Rene Tosoni singled to start to fill the bases. Aaron Bates loaded the bases on a single toward the shortstop. Chase Lambin drove in the first run of the inning on a sac fly. This brought Toby Gardenhire to the plate with two runners in scoring position. A single from Gardenhire would bring in both of these runners and cut in to the Mudhen's lead.
Toledo 8 
Rochester 5 
End of the 3rd

HR's in the Fifth
The fifth inning played out very similar to the third inning. The Mudhens added a run to their lead in the top half of the inning. The Red Wings would come back and respond with their own outpouring of runs in the bottom half of the inning. Rochester showed off some of their power in the fifth inning. Tosoni started the power show with a HR to center. Later in the inning Lambin would hit a two-run HR that closed the gap yet again for the Red Wings.
Toledo 9
Rochester 8 
End of the 5th

Tosoni Completes the Comeback
The Twins entered the bottom of the sixth still trailing by a run. But a clutch two-out hit by Tosoni completed the comeback for the Red Wings. Brian Dinkelman and Hughes would score on the single off of the bat of Tosoni. The Red Wings right fielder, Mr. Tosoni, would end the night 3-4 with three RBI and two runs scored.  
Toledo 9
Rochester 10 
End of the 6th

Hughes Closes
Dusty Hughes has been having a rough time at the major league level this season. His ERA is close to 10 and his WHIP is 2.132 so far in 2011. All of those numbers did not mean a thing on Wednesday night as the Red Wings turned to Hughes to close out the ninth inning. The first batter from the Mud Hens was Ryan Strieby and he had a tough time with some of the pitches that Hughes had in his arsenal. Strieby struck out for the first out of the ninth inning. The next batter, Ben Guez, wasted no time in lining a single to right. The tying run was now on first base. Bryan Pounds represented the third batter of the inning and the possible go-ahead run. Pounds was unsuccessful and became the second strikeout victim for Hughes. This was not enough for Mr. Hughes because he wanted to strikeout the side. Clete Thomas would be Hughes' final target. A called third strike would end the game and the Red Wings had emerged victorious.
Toledo 9
Rochester 10 

There were some great performances fomr the Red Wings on an extremely exciting night from Frontier Field in Rochester, NY. 

Box Score Break-Down
Tosoni: 3-4; 3 RBI; 2 R; 1 HR
Lambin: 2-3; 3 RBI; 2 R; 1 HR
Bates: 3-4; 2 R
Gardenhire: 1-4; 2 RBI, 1 R
Revere: 2-5; 2 RBI
DeVries: 3.0 IP, 0 ER, 6 K

Here's hoping the big league squad here's of the triumph and catches some of the winning fever. 

Everyone should check out Dylan Heuer Productions. He is a student at Rochester Institute of Technology and he is doing an internship as the Red Wings' photographer. He has some great pictures of a lot of familiar faces from this year with the Twins. 

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