Created: 08/05/2014 10:09 PM WHEC.com
Tommy Milone was great in his Red Wings debut Tuesday night; unfortunately his counterpart Dylan Axelrod was better.
Louisville’s right-hander turned in his first career nine-inning complete-game shutout as the Bats blanked the Red Wings, 1-0, to earn a split of the four-game set in Louisville.
Ironically, it was Axelrod who was on the other end of a 1-0 game against the Wings earlier this season. On April 28, as a member of the Charlotte Knights, Axelrod allowed one run over six innings but was out-dueled by Alex Meyer and two Wings relievers in 1-0 hard-luck loss.
The only Wings to reach against the 29-year-old Tuesday was Eric Farris with a leadoff single in the third, James Beresford with a one-out double in the fourth, Aaron Hicks with a one-out walk in the eighth and Beresford in the ninth on a strikeout, wild pitch with two outs.
Axelrod would shake off the wild pitch to strikeout Josmil Pinto to end the game. For Pinto it was the second straight night he ended the game as either the tying or winning run.
Rochester has now scored just one run over their last 18 innings after Sunday’s 15-inning marathon victory.
The only run Louisville would need came in the very first inning of Milone’s tenure in the Twins organization. He allowed two base hits and walk to the first three batters he faced, before inducing a 6-4-3 double play off the bat of clean-up hitter Neftali Soto scoring Jason Bourgeois with the only run of the game.
From there Milone allowed just five base runners over the rest of his outing. When it was all said and done, Milone went seven innings allowing one run on six hits and two walks with three strikeouts in his Red Wings debut.
After an off day on Wednesday, the Wings begin the final leg of their road trip on Thursday night with the opener of a four-game series against the Indianapolis Indians from Victory Field. Southpaw Sean Gilmartin (1-3, 3.98) will make the start for the Wings.
WINGS THINGS: OF Aaron Hicks was promoted to Rochester on Tuesday from Double-A New Britain and went 0-for-2 with a walk in his Red Wings season debut. Over his last 30 games at New Britain, Hicks was batting .340 with 14 extra-base hits and 18 RBI…Beresford’s double was his 24th of the season – already five more than his previous career high…The Wings have now been shutout nine times this season -- including being blanked 1-0 on three occasions…The Wings lost on a Tuesday for the first time since May 27 and are now 11-4 on Tuesday’s this season.