Updated: 05/30/2014 11:29 PM
Created: 05/30/2014 11:18 PM WHEC.com
The Rochester Red Wings, behind seven shutout innings from Kris Johnson, blanked the Gwinnett Braves 7-0 Friday night at Frontier Field. The shutout win is the seventh for the Wings this year and second started by Johnson. With the win, Rochester has now beat Gwinnett for a sixth straight time dating back to last season and have won five straight series openers (8-8 in series openers this year).
The Red Wings have now won 13 of their last 16 games at Frontier Field and are 19-9 at home this season – the 2nd-best winning percentage in the IL (SYR, 18-8; .692). Since May 27, 2013 the Wings are 50-24 (.676) in their last 74 games at Frontier Field.
Kris Johnson (5-2) threw seven scoreless innings allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out five over his season-high 111-pitch outing. The left-hander has yet to allow an earned run in three Frontier Field starts this season (18.0 IP). Johnson’s 1.83 ERA is good for 4th-best in the International League. Over his last six starts with Rochester, Johnson is 4-0 with a 0.98 ERA (4 ER/38.0 IP) and over his last 21 starts at the Triple-A level dating back to last season, is an impressive 10-3 with a 1.75 ERA (25 ER/128.1 IP).
Brad Nelson picked up his first three-hit game of the season and his sixth multi-hit game of the year, finishing 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored. Nelson’s last three game came as part of a tied for career-high four-hit game last season (8/22/13 w/ Iowa). In his last eight games, he’s batting .333 (10-for-30) with a home run, two doubles, RBI, and four runs scored.
Eric Farris was one of three Wings to collect three hits (2nd three-hit game of season), picking up his team-leading 19th multi-hit game of the year. Farris finished the game going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a walk and two RBI. The Wings finished with a season-high 7 doubles on the night.
Hot Wings: Doug Bernier (2-for-4; 2B, RBI) now has a hit in 8 of his last 10 games, batting .375 (12-for-32) with 4 runs and 5 RBI over that period…Eric Fryer (2-for-4; 2B, R, RBI) has recorded a hit in 7 of his last 9 starts, going 10-for-29 (.345) with 5 doubles, a triple, 7 runs and 5 RBI…Pedro Florimon (1-for-4; 2 R, RBI) is hitting .300 (9-for-30) over his last 10 games.
Wilkin Ramirez recorded his first three-hit game since April 16 vs. PAW, finishing 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs and two RBI. At Frontier Field, Ramirez is batting .306 (26-for-85) with 11 RBI in 23 home games this season.
The Red Wings avoided losing back-to-back games for the first time since May 12 and haven’t lost two straight at Frontier Field since the front end of a doubleheader April 17 vs. PAW. The Wings have now clinched a winning record in both April and May for the first time since 2006, third time since 1997 and only the eighth time since 1980.