Rochester starter Kevin Mulvey was feelin' groovy up until about the fourth inning, when Jeff Bailey kicked things off with a single. Denker grounded out and Bailey advanced on the FC. Then Paul McAnulty, who's been mighty solid and consistent thus far, hit an RBI double!
Dusty Brown was the next batter. Brown singled a soft line drive to left, moving Mac over to third base. Next in line: Daeges, who grounded out and scored McAnulty.
Chip Ambres, another solid performer in the early going, came up next and got a single for himself. Dusty Brown SCORES! And there's your three-run fourth!
Mulvey managed to get to the fifth inning and get a couple of outs, but after he gave up a single to Denker and a double to Mac (MacAnulty...can I call him Mac? Everyone else does.)they brought in Armando Liesdeker Gabino. Gabino got Dusty Brown to pop out and end the inning.
In the sixth inning, Jeff Natale tripled and scored thanks to an RBI single by third baseman Angel Chavez. Left-handed Rochester reliever Ryan Gosling closed the game out with no further advancing behavior on the part of Pawtucket.
all. small. we all are small:
1. Mike Bowden made it through four innings but his pitch count was too high to move further. Five hits, two walks and a run if you're keeping score. He threw his change-up effectively.
2. Also, I mean this in the most non-prurient way possible: I would like to see Bowden in his underpants because I keep hearing how his physique is mind-blowing.
3. Rocky Cherry debuted and enjoyed some long relief in rochester, going three innings. Pitches/strikes: 35/20. Not bad.
4. Jeff Bailey made another error. It's getting into his head.
5. The Red Wings are being filmed for some PBS reality show about minor league ball.
6. Red Wings manager Stan Cliburn seems to sorely miss his twin brother Stu, who's now working for the Twins AA franchise over there in New Britain. I would very much like to return to that park, but it's pretty far away.
7. Rochester was sort of threatening to come back in the bottom of the ninth. Mister Perfect had runners at first and second... and then Pridie was caught stealing to get the final out, game over. Except! replays showed he was safe. Ah, baseball!
This afternoon! Kris Johnson, sensitive lefty, faces fire-breathing Anthony Swarzak!
And then Friday night baseball at McCoy! Opening Night! I can't wait!!