Power and pitching lead Red Wings over the Mud Hens

Updated: 05/19/2014 11:41 PM
Created: 05/15/2014 8:34 PM WHEC.com

The Red Wings extended their home winning streak to a season-high six games after winning 5-4 for the second consecutive night over the Columbus Clippers. Rochester has now won their fifth series of the season thanks to a gem from Alex Meyer and a grand slam from Deibinson Romero. 

Alex Meyer shined as he threw five innings of no-hit ball, before he was taken out of the game after reaching his pitch limit. The Twins top pitching prospect did not allow a run while walking a tied for career-high four batters and striking out seven. The tall righty lowered his ERA to 3.79 and the seven strikeouts increased his season total to 49. Before the contest, Meyer had the highest SO/9 IP ratio in the IL at 10.70 (42 SO/35.1 IP).  After the seven strikeouts in five innings of work, Meyer boosted his SO/9 IP to 10.93 (49 SO/40.1 IP).

The Wings had a combined no-hitter going through 6 2/3 innings after reliever Deolis Guerra came in for Meyer. Guerra relinquished the first hit of the ball game for the Clippers on an infield single by Carlos Moncreif with two outs in the 7th inning. Guerra extended his scoreless innings streak to 10.0 IP before allowing a two-run home run to former Red Wing, Matt Carson in the eighth inning – his third against Rochester this season.

Debinson Romero blasted a grand slam to left field in the first inning.  The Wings have now scored in the first inning in six consecutive home games totaling 16 runs. The grand slam was the Wings’ second of the season and first since James Beresford on May 5 against Columbus (also off of RHP Tyler Cloyd). It was the Wings first grand slam at Frontier Field since August 3, 2013 (Jeff Clement’s game-tying grand slam in the 10th inning).

Eric Farris singled in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to eight games. It is the third straight game Farris got a hit in his first at-bat. Over the eight-game stretch he has batted .400 (12-for-29) is now hitting .323 on the season. 

Chris Herrmann picked up three hits on Thursday – his third, three-hit game in the last seven days. Herrmann’s 12-for-26 (.462) with a home run, triple and three doubles since being optioned down from Minnesota on May 8.

Chris Rahl came into the ball game in the right field as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning for Wilkin Ramirez appearing in his 1,000 career game – all of which have come in the minor leagues.

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