Clete Thomas' eighth inning single broke open what had been a pitching duel, as the Red Wings defeated the Lehigh Valley IronPigs 5-3 Thursday night at Frontier Field. The series and homestand concludes Friday at 7:05 p.m.
On the mound for the Wings was Sharon Martis. After pitching a scoreless first inning while only giving up one hit, in the second the IronPigs scored the first run of the game off Martis after Cody Overbeck reached on an error by first baseman Chris Parmelee. Overbeck scored on a double play grounder; the unearned run would be the only given up by Martis throughout the first three innings.
In the fourth, the IronPigs managed two hits with two outs, but Martis was able to get out of trouble and get the final out without Lehigh Valley expanding upon their lead.
Tyler Cloyd was the starting pitcher for Lehigh Valley, and came out of the gate strong, throwing a no-hitter for the first four innings against the Wings, giving up only one walk in the second inning.
In the fifth, with a man on first, Brian Dozier made a spectacular defensive play, diving to get the out then throwing in time to get the lead-off runner on first, a double play and the first two outs of the inning. Rochester would get the next batter and final out of the fifth while keeping the score at 1-0.
Martis maintained his groove in the sixth, going three up three down and keeping the single run deficit from growing.
Cloyd continued his flirt with the no-hitter throughout the sixth inning, with some quality defensive plays being made all over the field.
In the seventh, Martis had another dominant inning, retiring all three batters he faced, two by strikeout. The Wings then added some offensive pressure when Tsuyoshi Nishioka got the first hit of the evening, thus breaking up Cloyd's search for the no-hitter. With Nishioka on base, Parmelee smacked a long home run into the night, scoring two runs for the Wings and giving them a 2-1 lead. This was Parmelee's team-leading 17th home run of the season, which is made even more impressive by the fact that he has only played in 57 games with the team this year. On the very next pitch, Wilkin Ramirez jacked another one out of the park, this one heading out of left field and expanding the Wings' lead 3-1.
Martis stayed in the game to start the eighth inning, and after giving up a hit and then getting an out, he was replaced by Luis Perdomo. The IronPigs scored a run on an error, then Pete Orr's home run tied the game. Thomas drilled an 0-1 pitch from Joe Savery to left field for an RBI single, plating pinch-runner Michael Hollimon.