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  • Ryan LoTemple

Red Wings Take Over in Series Opener vs. Worcester

The Rochester Red Wings and the Worcester Red Sox will be playing each other for the 691st time since 1979. Before today's game, Worcester barely edges Rochester out in their all-time series match-ups with 346 wins, Rochester having 344. '

Although, today would be a different story, as Rochester had several key players contribute to their 7-3 win today, almost evening out the all-time record against Worcester as a whole.

The Red Wings took the field first, and dominated in a quick 1,2,3 series to give them a chance on the offensive side early in the game.

After a Derek Hill strikeout, Red Wings third baseman Carter Kieboom would BOOM one down center field for a double, and Left Fielder Travis Blankenhorn allow him to score, as he would get an RBI double in the next at-bat.

Blankenhorn and Red Wings Second baseman Jeter Downs would both score off of errors by two former Red Wings players, Worcester Third baseman Niko Goodrum and First baseman Daniel Palka, to give the Red Wings a 3-0 lead at the end of the first.

Red Wings starting Pitcher Cory Abbot continued his dominating performance, as he would pitch for five more innings, striking out 9 more players in that span, and only allowing three hits and one run.

During those innings, the Red Wings continued to score more on the offensive side, as Red Wings First baseman Matt Adams would get an RBI, driving in Kevin Plawecki to put the Red Wings up 4-0. Then Short Stop Richie Martin would get two RBIs, driving in Wilson Garcia and Franklin Barreto off a base hit, giving the Red Wings a 6-0 lead in the end of the third.

Worcester would finally answer back in the fifth inning, where Worcester Center Fielder Greg Allen would give Worcester's first hit of the game, getting a double off a base hit. Allen would then steal third and then score off a Ronaldo Hernandez sacrifice.

This wouldn't stop the Red Wings from scoring though, as Blankenhorn would an RBI double during the bottom of the sixth, allowing Derek Hill to score, and putting the Wings up 7-1, to which Cory Abbot would then be subbed out by Alberto Baldanado.

A total of three pitchers played in the remaining innings for the Red Wings, as Baldanado only pitched in the seventh, allowing no runs. Anthony Banda would pitch half of the eighth, giving Worcester loaded bases, to which Tyler Danish would sub in, and allow one run in that situation.

The ninth inning consisted of a Daniel Polka walk, followed by a double play, a Ryan Fitzgerald home run, A Nick Sogard walk and then a strike out on David Hamilton, ending the game in a 7-3 win for the Red Wings, and winning their first opening series since their game against Lehigh Valley in September of 2022.

The Red Wings would advance to 12-20 on the season, and demote Worcester to an even record of 17-17.

Both teams will play again on May 10, at 6:05 at Innovative Field, seeing if the Red Wings can tie their all-time record against Worcester, as they are now one game shy in doing so (346-345).

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