Updated: 08/07/2014 11:27 PM
Created: 08/07/2014 11:18 PM WHEC.com
The Red Wings used six shutout innings from Sean Gilmartin, three hits from James Beresford and a home run and three RBI of the bat off Daniel Ortiz to blank the Indianapolis Indians, 7-0, Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series from Victory Field.
With the victory, the Wings snapped their mini, two-game losing skid and improved to 3-4 on their season-long 10-game, 11-day road trip.
Rochester (64-54) took control of the game in the very first inning hanging a four-spot on the board off Indians starter Casey Sadler -- who came in with the fourth-best ERA (2.91) in the IL. Ortiz knocked in the Wings’ first run with a one-out bases loaded single before Wilkin Ramirez followed with a two-run double up the left field line. Eric Farris concluded the scoring in the first with a sacrifice fly that gave the Red Wings a 4-0 lead before Indianapolis even came to the plate.
Sadler lasted just one inning Thursday as the Wings have now scored nine runs in seven innings off Sadler this season and have handed him two of his four losses on the year.
Ortiz tacked on two more runs in the third inning with the Wings’ first home run of the road trip, a two-run shot that snapped a 66-inning homerless drought for the Red Wings. Ortiz – who finished 2-for-3 - has now picked up a hit in 9 straight starts batting .412 (14-for-31) with six extra-base hits over that span.
The Wings’ final run came in the fifth inning courtesy of a Josmil Pinto sac fly that scored Beresford, who doubled to lead off the inning.
Beresford collected three more hits Thursday and is now batting .424 (14-for-33) with five doubles on the road trip.
Overshadowed by the offense was Gilmartin’s performance who, after six shutout innings, has now held Indianapolis without a run in 13 1/3 innings this season. The southpaw allowed just three hits (all singles) and two walks over his 100-pitch outing as he earned his second win in 10 starts with Rochester.
Lester Oliveros and Deolis Guerra combined to work a perfect final three innings to polish off the Red Wings’ 11th shutout this season and second against the Indians in the last 13 days.
The Wings turn to Mark Hamburger (2-2, 3.66) on Friday night to keep the momentum rolling. First pitch from Indianapolis is set for 7:15 p.m.
WINGS THINGS: Daniel Ortiz’s seven home runs rank T-2nd on the team this season in just 54 games. Six of his seven homers have come with runners on base…The Wings collected four more doubles tonight giving them 249 on the season, a number that ranks best in the IL and 2nd most in all of Triple-A…This was the 8th time this season the Wings held a team to three hits in a nine-inning game.