Updated: 07/17/2014 11:29 PM
Created: 07/17/2014 11:12 PM WHEC.com
The Red Wings walked a season-high 11 batters as they opened the unofficial second-half of the season with a 7-4 loss to the Norfolk Tides Thursday night at Harbor Park.
Wings starter Yohan Pino was responsible for seven of the free passes as he suffered just his second loss of the season for the Red Wings in his first start for Rochester in over a month. The seven walks set a career-high for Pino, whose previous high was six back in 2008 for Double-A New Britain.
After the Red Wings grabbed the first inning lead on a solo home run from James Beresford, Xavier Paul made Pino pay for a pair of one-out walks by drilling a 1-1 offering over the right field fence for a three-run homer.
The home run for Beresford was just the third of his eight-year pro career, but his second this season.
The Wings (54-45) battled back in the third inning as Deibinson Romero doubled home Beresford for the Wings second run of the game and then scored from third three batters later on a wild pitch to tie the game, 3-3.
The double by Romero was his tied for IL-leading 27th two-bagger of the season.
The game remained knotted until the sixth inning when a bloop single and a pair of walks loaded the bases for Norfolk and spelled the end of the night for Pino.
Aaron Thompson was the first man out of the ‘pen and promptly walked Cord Phelps to force home the go-ahead run. A Brian Ward double play ball plated the Tides’ fifth run of the night as Norfolk took control 5-3.
Pino (9-2) allowed just three hits but yielded five runs (all earned) – the most he’s yielded at the Triple-A level since August 17, 2013 against the Red Wings as a member of the Louisville Bats.
The Wings would get a run back in the top of the seventh on an RBI groundout from Beresford, but leadoff walks in both the bottom of the seventh and eighth innings would come around to score for Norfolk as they put the game away.
The 11 walks issued by Rochester Thursday night matched their 2013 season-high set on August 26 vs. Syracuse.
The Wings look to regain control in Game Two of the series Friday night. Right-hander Alex Meyer (5-4, 3.43) will take the mound for Rochester with first pitch from Harbor Park set for 7:05.