Updated: 04/12/2014 11:48 PM
Created: 04/12/2014 11:34 PM WHEC.com
ALLENTOWN, PA (April 12, 2014) – The rain in Allentown on Friday couldn’t cool the red-hot Rochester Red Wings on Saturday as the Red Wings swept a doubleheader against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs at Coca-Cola Park to win their fifth and sixth consecutive games.
It is the second doubleheader sweep for the Red Wings this week after the Wings swept Scranton/WB in a twinbill on Tuesday. Prior to Tuesday, the Wings hadn’t swept a doubleheader since May 5, 2012.
The Red Wings polished off the sweep on the strength of two-run homers from Eduardo Nunez and Chris Parmelee in a 5-1 Game Two win. The homers were just the second and third of the season for Rochester in their first eight games.
In Game One, James Beresford was the hero ripping a go-ahead, RBI double in the top of the seventh inning off Phillies rehabbing right-hander Mike Adams. The RBI double plated Chris Rahl with the Wings’ fourth run as Rochester took the opener, 4-3.
Beresford combined to go 5-for-7 with two doubles and three RBI on the night including a perfect 4-for-4 in Game One with a pair of doubles and two RBI. The 25-year-old is now hitting an even .500 (14-for-28) on the season.
The four-hit night tied a career-high for Beresford who has accomplished the feat on five different occasions now. The Wings second baseman also notched a four-hit night in Game One of the Red Wings playoff series against Pawtucket last season.
The Red Wings (6-2) who came in hitting a league-best .321 went 18-for-56 (.321) on the night. Rochester pounded out eight extra-base hits and now have 17 extra-base knocks over the last four games after having just four through their first four games of the year.
Twins top pitching prospect Alex Meyer made his first career Triple-A road start in Game One allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits in 5 1/3 innings. The Indiana native struck out five while walking none.
Red Wings reliever Yohan Pino made the spot start in Game Two for Rochester allowing just one run on three hits in 4.0 innings of work.
The Wings bullpen combined to throw 4 2/3 scoreless innings on the night. Aaron Thompson earned the Game One win working the final 1 2/3 innings of work and the duo of Matt Hoffman and Ryan Pressly held the IronPigs without a hit over the final three innings in the night cap.
Rochester will look to extend their win streak to seven games and complete the four-game series sweep of Lehigh Valley on Sunday. Southpaw Kris Johnson, who tossed five scoreless innings in his Red Wings debut, will make his second start of the season for the Wings.