Doug Bernier had a key two-RBI single, backing a strong start by Trevor May in a 6-1 Red Wings win over the Gwinnett Braves Saturday night at Frontier Field. The series continues Sunday afternoon at 1:05 p.m,; fans can get $2 off tickets ordered online using the Special Offer Code BEATTHEBRAVES.
Wings starting pitcher May worked around a two-out single and struck out two batters needing only 11 pitches to escape the first inning.
Rochester used three straight singles from Bernier,Deibinson Romero and Chris Colabello, with Colabello's knocking in Bernier for the first run, to put the Wings up 1-0 against starter Daniel Rodriguez.
Pedro Florimon led off the Wings half of the second inning, blasting the 3-2 pitch into the visitor's bullpen in left field, giving Rochester the 2-0 advantage.
May allowed a one-out walk to Edward Salcedo in the top half of the third, and after a line out from Jose Constanza, Tyler Pastornicky lined a ball that went off of the leaping Colabello's glove that deflected into foul territory where Wilkin Ramirez picked the ball up and threw it into the infield. Salcedo managed to scamper over to third base as the ball rolled up the right field line, putting runners on the corners. Phil Gosselin bounced a ball up the middle that looked like a base hit, but Florimon ranged over to his left and flipped it to Bernier to end the threat.
The Wings tacked on two more runs in the home half of the third. Romero started off the inning with a walk and Colabello grounded out to the shortstop, but meanwhile third baseman Salcedo was on the move as well leaving third base vacated allowing Romero to hustle over to third. Ramirez lined a single to left field chasing home Romero, Eric Fryer singled and Florimon reached on an error allowing Ramirez to score, putting the Wings ahead, 4-0.
May kept cruising in the fourth as he retired the side in order with a flyout and two groundouts.
Eric Farris added his second hit of the game in the fourth inning -- his 20th multi-hit game of the season in 47 starts.
In the G-Braves half of the fifth with one out, Chris Rahl made an exceptional play saving what could have been an extra-base hit, diving in full extension to make the grab. After back-to-back singles May managed to work around the jam inducing a groundout to end the inning.
In the sixth inning, the Wings got the first two men on with a Dan Rohlfing single and a Chris Rahldouble. With one out, Bernier smacked a 1-2 pitch to left that dropped in front of the diving Constanza to drive in both Rohlfing and Rahl, to put the Wings lead at 6-0.
May (5-3) twirled seven scoreless innings allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out four in his 106-pitch outing. May has not allowed an earned run over his lat 26 innings.
The Braves picked up a run against reliever Matt Hoffman in the eighth inning. When Hoffman loaded the bases with two outs, A.J. Achter came in to face Christian Bethancourt. Achter got Bethancourt on a checked swing third strike to stall the Braves' comeback attempt. Acther has stranded all 11 runners he's inherited this season.
Achter set down the side in the ninth, picking up his fourth save.
The Wings had at least one hit in every inning except the eighth, and out-hit the Braves 13-6 for the night.