Updated: 05/05/2014 11:31 PM
Created: 05/05/2014 10:26 PM WHEC.com
Monday seemed to be the Red Wings’ night after an error from a sure-handed shortstop helped set up a go-ahead grand slam from none other than James Beresford, who entered the night with one career home run over his first 714 minor league games.
But ex-Wing Matt Carson didn’t see it that way as his two-run homer in the eighth inning off A.J. Achter broke a 4-4 tie and sent Columbus to a 6-4 victory Monday night in the opener of a four-game series at Huntington Park.
Trailing 3-0 in the fifth inning, Beresford connected on just his second career home run in 2,885 plate appearances. The grand slam, the first by a Red Wings player since Jeff Clement last August, gave Rochester the 4-3 lead.
Doug Bernier started the fifth inning rally with a lead-off walk. Eduardo Nunez followed with what appeared to be a routine double-play ground ball, but it squirted through Justin Sellers’ legs at shortstop for an error. Columbus starter Tyler Cloyd then walked Eric Fryer to load the bases. After Eric Farris chopped into a 5-2 fielder’s choice, Beresford drove the first pitch he saw from Cloyd over the 22-foot wall in right field.
The home run for Beresford was his first since July 11, 2010 with class-A Beloit, a span of 1,670 plate appearances between homers.
Beresford finished with three of the Wings’ seven hits and tied career highs with four RBI and six total bases.
However, the lead would be short-lived as Matt Hoffman allowed the tying run to score in the sixth inning – just the second run he has allowed in 11 1/3 innings this season.
Achter, who had retired 14 straight heading in to Monday’s outing, allowed a triple to Giovanny Urshela to open the eighth inning. After a diving stop by Bernier at third base on an Audy Ciriaco grounder kept Urshela at third, Carson walloped the first offering he saw from Achter over the left field fence for the game-winner, snapping Rochester’s three-game win streak.
Carson finished 3-for-3 with a homer, double and four RBI. It was his two-run double in the fourth inning off Ryan Pressly that opened the scoring. Roberto Perez followed with an RBI single in the fourth that put the Clippers ahead, 3-0.
Brooks Raley made the spot start for Rochester and tossed three scoreless innings with five strikeouts before giving way to Pressly in the fourth. Raley, who started 25 games for Iowa in the Pacific Coast League last season, was making his first career International League start after seven relief outings to start the season.
The Wings (16-13), who have now dropped three series openers in a row and seven out of 10 on the year, will send southpaw Kris Johnson (2-2, 2.86) to the mound on Tuesday night in Game Two of the four-game set. The Clippers will counter with former Major League RHP Kyle Davies.
WINGS THINGS: James Beresford became just the fifth Wings player to homer this season joining Chris Parmelee (7), Doug Bernier (2), Eduardo Nunez and Chris Rahl…The Wings entered Monday’s game tied for last in the IL with 11 home runs on the season and hadn’t received a home run from anyone not named Chris Parmelee since April 20…Beresford extended his season-long hit streak to 7 games Monday, batting .423 (11-for-26) over that stretch.