Created: 05/28/2014 11:02 PM WHEC.com
The Rochester Red Wings squeaked by the Syracuse Chiefs, 4-3, Wednesday night to claim sole possession of first place in the International League North. With the victory, the Wings have now won 15 games in May for the first time since 2009 (17-14) and have guaranteed themselves a winning record on June 1 for the first time since 2007 (26-23). Rochester has won 12 of their last 14 games at Frontier Field and has moved into a tie with Syracuse (18-8) for the best home record in the IL.
Alex Meyer (3-1, 3.21 ERA) pitched six innings allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks while striking out eight over his 85 pitch outing (48 strikes). The right-hander retired the first 10 batters in a row including striking out the first three batters he faced before allowing a double in the fourth inning to Zach Walters. Meyer improved his IL-leading SO/9 IP ratio to 10.8 (62 SO/51.2 IP).
The Red Wings scored the first runs of the game for the 31st time this season in their first 51 games. The Wings are 23-8 when crossing the plate first. Rochester also moves to 10-6 on the season in one-run affairs.
The Red Wings collected 12 hits with three players recording multi-hit games. Pedro Florimon and Deibinson Romero each had three hits and Eric Fryer had two hits including a double and a triple. The trio combined to finish 8-for-12 (2 2B, 3B, 2 RBI).
Red Wings catchers allowed their first passed ball of the season in the sixth inning of game 51 when Eric Fryer mishandled an Alex Meyer offering allowing a run to score. Rochester was the last team to allow a passed ball in all of Triple-A.
Closer by Committee: After having only six saves through the first 38 games the Wings have recorded a save in six of the last 13 games – by five different pitchers (Thompson (2), Achter, Hoffman, Pressly, and Tonkin). A.J. Achter leads the Wings with three saves this season.
Doug Bernier singled in the eighth inning giving him a hit in seven of his last eight games. Over the stretch, Bernier has batted .385 (10-for-26) three runs and four RBI. Bernier is enjoying a hot streak vs. the Chiefs this season, batting .444 (8-for-18) with three doubles and four RBI.