Yohan Pino had a stellar start on the mound, and a number of great defensive plays all game helped the Red Wings to a 2-0 win over the Louisville Bats Saturday afternoon at Frontier Field.
The series and homestand concludes Sunday with a 1:05 p.m. contest, with Alex Meyer on the mound for Rochester. After Sunday's game, fans can meet the Wings' position players on the field in a post-game autograph session, then kids can run the bases with Spikes and Mittsy.
Pino (5-0) needed just nine pitches to get through the top of the first, but he was aided by two outstanding defensive plays. James Beresford ranged far to his right to cut off a would-be single by Jason Bourgeois, then made a perfect throw to first to nab Bourgeois for the second out. Chris Rahlmade a long run in from left field to make a diving catch on a ball hit by Ruben Gotay, turning a base hit into the third out of the inning.
The Bats' defense has been shaky so far this season, averaging an error per game coming into Saturday. Starting pitcher Chien-Ming Wang (2-4) made a throwing error on an ball chopped in front of the plate by Eric Farris, putting the Wings' leadoff man on first base. Farris stole second, then scored when third baseman Kristopher Negron made a throwing error attempting to throw out Rahl on a grounder.
Pino needed just nine more pitches to retire the Bats in order in the second inning, recording two weak pop outs and a soft groundout.
Beresford made another nifty play in the third inning, ranging in the hole between first and second, fielding the ball cleanly, spinning and firing to first baseman Brad Nelson to gun down Corky Miller. Pino twirled another easy inning, averaging only 10 pitches per inning through the first three innings.
The Wings got another fantastic inning out of Pino as he continued to show his command of the strike zone, picking up his first two strikeouts of the afternoon.
Wilkin Ramirez lined a one-out single, to get the Wings their first base runner since the first inning. Wang was able to get out of the inning getting the next batter, Nelson to bounce into a double play.
The Bats got their first base runner of the game in the fifth inning with a Felix Perez single. Before that Pino had retired 13 straight batters dating back to his relief appearance on April 27, against Charlotte at Frontier Field. After a groundout and a fielder's choice, Kristopher Negron grounded a ball up the middle, but Beresford reeled it in and fired home to get Bats baserunner, Thomas Neal into a run down, which resulted in an out, preserving the shutout.
Pino was helped out with another great defensive play in the top half of the sixth, when Farris ran down a fly ball into the left-center field gap lunging to make the grab, Pino induced two more flyouts to get out of the inning cleanly.
The Wings righty was back at it in the seventh, striking out the first and final batters of the inning with a flyout in between for a perfect inning.
Rochester added an insurance run in the home half of the seventh. Ramirez added his second hit of the ball game and was moved over to second on a groundout by Nelson, and scored on a Bernier double to left. Romero blooped a ball down the right field line, Bernier had to hold up at second to watch it drop in and Romero made it to second for a double. With two runners in scoring position, the Bats moved the infield in after a mound visit and promptly, Fryer hit into a fielder's choice resulting in Bernier being throwing out at home.
Pino allowed a lead-off double to Neal in the eighth, but then set down the next three batters.
The performance by Pino was noteworthy in many ways. He pitched the first complete game shutout by a Wings pitcher this season, faced just two batters over the minimum, and extended his scoreless streak to 12 2/3 innings. Pino has not allowed a run in 22 innings pitched at Frontier Field this season. Pino allowed just three hits without walking a batter, and stuck out four while threw 93 pitches - 70 for strikes.
Chris Parmelee went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks, ending his hitting streak at 15 games.