BY MICHAEL HAMMOND | Minor League Knocks
July 23, 2017 | Rochester Red Wings 7, Toledo Mud Hens 1 | International League (AAA)
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Mitch Garver and Kennys Vargas each hit home runs as the Rochester Red Wings exploded out of the gates to a 7-1 victory over the Toledo Mud Hens on Sunday at Frontier Field in Rochester, New York.
Garver got the scoring going hitting a solo shot to right two batters into the Red Wings’ lineup. Matt Hague scored wild pitch moments after doubling and stealing third base to give Rochester a quick 2-0 lead.
The Red Wings didn’t stop there as they went walk-double-single with two outs to go up 4-0 in the second. Vargas then unloaded his home run to right, scoring Hague in the process, and putting Rochester up 6-0.
As impressive as their start at the plate was, starter Aaron Slegers was more impressive. Slegers faced the minimum through five innings. He gave up one hit in the first five innings, but the runner was quickly erased with a four-six-three double play.
Toledo finally got on the scoreboard in the sixth with a two-out single from Detroit Tigers No. 6 prospect, JaCoby Jones. The Mud Hens tallied three of their six hits in the inning.
Slegers finished his day in the seventh allowing one run on four hits, one seventh inning walk, and seven strikeouts. In the bottom half, Rochester scored their final run on a bases-loaded groundout from Engelb Vielma with one out.
The Mud Hens’ struggle on the mound started in the first inning when starter, Daniel Norris, left after just two-thirds of an inning with an apparent injury. Toledo used five relievers to finish out the game. Its six pitchers totaled 10 walks in eight innings of work, five of which came in run-scoring innings for Rochester.
Just the opposite of Toledo, the Red Wings’ two relievers were lights out. Drew Rucinski and Jake Reed each gave up one hit and struck two out, pitching the eighth and ninth innings, respectively.
Rochester moves to 58-42 on the year, but could on the outside looking into the playoff picture as they sit five games behind the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Railriders for first in the International League North Division, with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs sandwiched in between.
Toledo Mud Hens (43-55) 000 001 000 – 1 6 1
Rochester Red Wings (58-42) 240 000 10X – 7 6 0
7/20 Toledo 6, Rochester 3
7/21 Rochester 2, Toledo 0
7/22 Rochester 4, Toledo 3
7/23 Rochester 7, Toledo 1
Toledo Mud Hens (DET)
#6 JaCoby Jones 1/4, RBI, K .244/.314/.402, 8 HR, 33 RBI
#29 Jairo Labourt 2 IP, BB, 3 K
Rochester Red Wings (MIN)
#9 Daniel Palka 1/2, R, 2 BB, K .264/.326/.453, 8 HR, 22 RBI
#17 Mitch Garver 2/3, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB .286/.392/.540, 14 HR, 40 RBI
#25 Engelb Vielma 0/4, RBI .205/.235/.237, 13 RBI
#28 Jake Reed 1 IP, H, 2 K
Frontier Field sits on the outside of down town Rochester. It features a large grandstand with berm seating near each foul pole. Two video boards sit in left-center and right-center with a scoreboard sitting over the left field bullpen. Sunday’s game filled 9,116 of the 13,000 seats.
The Red Wings celebrated their second annual First Responder’s day with free tickets for all first responders and each of their on-field promotions featuring a battle between police and fire/EMT services. Their second promotion was their weekly kids run the bases following every Sunday game.
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