Updated: 04/23/2014 11:38 PM
Created: 04/23/2014 10:27 PM WHEC.com
By: Justin Granit
A three-run, eighth-inning Pawtucket rally off the Red Wings bullpen spoiled a magnificent outing from Alex Meyer as the Wings fell 3-1 Wednesday night at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
The loss snapped Rochester’s three-game win streak as the Red Wings dropped to 3-3 on their eight-game, North Division road trip.
Meyer allowed just three hits – all singles – and three walks over 6 2/3 scoreless innings.
The Twins top pitching prospect matched his career-high and set a new Red Wings season-high with 11 strikeouts Wednesday – his third career double-digit strikeout performance. His only other 11 punch out game came back on June 24, 2012 while pitching for Class-A Hagerstown.
However, it was all for naught, as Garin Cecchini’s two-run double in the eighth inning off Edgar Ibarra erased the Wings’ 1-0 lead. Ryan Pressly, who helped Meyer escape a two-on, two-out jam to end the seventh, suffered the loss as he walked two straight hitters in the eighth before being pulled in favor of Ibarra.
Pressly, who entered the game with a 9 1/3-inning scoreless streak over his last five outings, was part of a bullpen that had been really good of late. Prior to Wednesday, the Wings’ relief unit had posted a 2.15 ERA over their last 14 games.
The Wings tried to rally in the ninth off Paw Sox reliever Chris Resop. Eric Farris’ one-out single put runners on first and second but Eric Fryer would hit a fielder’s choice back to Resop and Dan Rohlfing was caught looking at strike three to end the game.
Rochester who had been red-hot with runners in scoring position over their three-game winning streak went 0-for-8 with RISP.
Wednesday’s loss marks the first time this season that Rochester lost a game when leading after seven innings (10-1). Last season, the Wings went 64-4 when leading after seven frames.
Meyer had things on cruise control until the sixth inning when a two-out walk to Ryan Roberts put a runner in scoring position for the first time all night. But Meyer bore down to strikeout the rehabbing Will Middlebrooks for a third time in the game to escape the jam.
The Wings offense pushed a run across in the seventh for Meyer without the benefit of a hit, as three walks in the inning and a sac fly from Fryer gave Rochester the 1-0 lead.
Back-to-back singles with two outs in the bottom of the seventh spelled the end of the night for Meyer as he turned things over to Pressly. The former Boston farmhand got Corey Brown to ground out to end the threat and preserve the lead.
Meyer, the former first rounder out of the University of Kentucky, threw 100 pitches (63 strikes) in his longest outing of his short Triple-A career.
Chris Parmelee extended his hit streak to a season-high eight games as he finished the game 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles. Over the streak, the Wings slugger is batting .517 (15-for-29) with a pair of homers, three doubles and six RBI.