Mark Hamilton's three-run home run backed the pitching of Yunesky Maya, and the Gwinnett Braves beat the Red Wings 6-1 Monday night at Frontier Field. Despite the loss, the Wings finished the homestand with five wins out of eight games.
After a nine-game, eight-day trip to Charlotte and Gwinnett, the Wings will return home to play Lehigh Valley (Phillies) June 12. Former Mets and Yankees outfielder Darryl Strawberry will be in attendance to sign autographs.
Rochester sent Alex Meyer to the hill for the series finale. The right-hander last appeared on May 28 against Syracuse and opened the game by retiring 10 straight batters. Gwinnett's starter, Maya also last appeared on May 28, when he gave up five hits and struck out seven in six innings against Pawtucket. The veteran right-hander brought a 5-3 record and 3.34 ERA in 10 previous starts against the Wings.
Meyer allowed a one-out single in the first inning Monday, then recorded a pair of strikeouts to strand the runner. Maya had a slightly more economical first inning, setting down the Wings in order.
Meyer tallied another strikeout in the second inning, before the Braves chipped away to put runners on first and second. Two groundouts, though, stranded the runners.
The Wings put their first runners on base in the bottom of the second with a Brad Nelson single to left field. Wilkin Ramirez, Pedro Florimon andEric Fryer loaded up the bases on a fielder's choice, single and walk, respectively, to give Rochester their first opportunity to score. The Wings couldn't capitalize, however, as Chris Rahlstruck out swinging.
Meyer and Maya threw 1-2-3 third innings, keeping the game scoreless. Ramirez restarted Rochester's offense with a single in the bottom of the fourth, but a Florimon groundout ended the inning.
The Braves put the first run on the board early in the fifth inning. Jose Constanza brought in Ozzie Martinez on a double to left field that got past Rahl. But the Braves weren't done. Meyer hit Phil Gosselin to put runners on first and third. Hamilton blasted a homer to right field, extending the Braves lead to 4-0.
Edgar Ibarra replaced Meyer (3-2) and threw a 1-2-3 sixth inning with one strikeout. In five innings, Meyer allowed seven hits, four runs (all earned) and one walk with five strikeouts. In his six of his 10 Triple-A starts, including his last three, Meyer had given up one or fewer earned runs.
Former Wing Brandon Boggs hit a two-run home run off Deolis Guerra in the eighth inning.
Maya (2-0) worked seven innings and allowed just five hits, walking one and striking out eight.
Michael Tonkin worked the ninth inning, allowing two hits and striking out one.
Nelson homered to over the center field wall off Pedro Beato, Nelson's second home run of the season.