The Red Wings shut out Louisville for the second consecutive game, defeating the Bats 7-0 on Monday night at Frontier Field after a 1-0 victory on Sunday. With a Pawtucket win over Buffalo Monday night, Rochester (72-59) remains two games ahead of the PawSox for first place in the North Division. Monday's crowd of 8,908 included Twins General Manager Terry Ryan. The Bats and Wings play a Tuesday matinee at 1:05 p.m. for a Knot Hole Kid's Club game and another Tuesday Family Four-Pack Day.
Rochester right hander Liam Hendriks pitched a four-hit shutout over eight innings en route to his fourth victory of the season. Hendriks (4-8) struck out eight and was only one batter over the minimum through six innings. He retired 10 straight between the third and sixth innings before giving up a single to lead off the seventh. No Louisville base runner made it past first base until Derrick Robinson reached second base on a fielder's choice in the seventh inning.
After Hendriks retired the Bats in order in the top of the first inning, Darin Mastroianni led off for the Red Wings against Louisville starter Chad Rogers. Mastroianni stroked an opposite field hit which droppped just in front of right fielder Denis Phipps, and then skipped by Phipps and rolled toward the warning track. Mastroianni ended up at third on a play that was scored a single with a two-base error. Antoan Richardson then flew out in his first at-bat since going on the disabled list on August 3 with an ankle sprain. That brought up Chris Parmelee, who clubbed a 3-2 pitch from Rogers into the Wings' bullpen in right field, putting Rochester ahead 2-0.
The Wings also picked up a pair of runs in the second inning, when rookie catcher Josmil Pinto led off with a double. James Beresford dropped down a perfect sacrifiice bunt to move Pinto to third base. Ray Olmedo's RBI single in the next at-bat scored Pinto. Jermaine Mitchell drilled a ground rule double to left center, moving Olmedo to third base. He then scored on a sacrifice fly from Richardson, who was robbed of a base hit on a diving grab by Louisville centerfielder Billy Hamilton, giving the Wings a 4-0 lead.
Hendriks worked four consecutive 1-2-3 innings between the third and sixth with some help from his defense. Deibinson Romero recorded the first out of the third by snagging a hard line drive from Kristopher Negron in the hot corner. Following Jason Donald's single, Hamilton grounded out to Olmedo, who turned the double play back to first to end the frame. Olmedo then recorded the first two outs in the fourth. He made an acrobatic spin and throw on a grounder up the middle to throw out Neftali Soto for the second out in the fourth after fielding a line drive from Robinson.
Rochester had a chance to increase its lead in the bottom of the fourth. Mastroianni drew a two-out walk and advanced to third on a double into the gap in right center by Richardson. Parmelee flew out to right to end the scoring threat on a line drive that looked similar to his first-inning home run, but fell just short of the warning track.
Josmil Pinto made it a five-run game in the fifth with the first Triple-A home run of his short career with the Red Wings. After hitting a career-high 14 home runs with Double-A New Britian, Pinto took Rogers over the scoreboard above the Bats' bullpen in left field on the first pitch he saw in the at-bat.
Kanekoa Texeria took the mound in the sixth in relief of Rogers (4-5). Rogers was tagged with the loss after giving up five runs on eight hits in five innings. Two of his three strikeouts came in the fifth inning before surrendering the homer to Pinto. Texeria worked one scoreless inning in the sixth with one strikeout.
The Bats moved their first base runner into scoring position in the seventh and threatened to break the shutout. Robinson led off the frame with a single, only the third hit of the game for Louisville. He reached second on a fielder's choice, but was stranded at second after Mike Hessman struck out and Henry Rodriquez flew out to center.
The Wings added two more runs in the seventh to take a 7-0 lead. With one out, Parmelee was walked by Louisville reliever Jose Arredondo. Chris Colebello followed with a single, and then Romero doubled home both runners with a line drive down into the left field corner.
Louisville earned only their fourth hit to lead off the eighth. Nevin Ashley hustled out of the batter's box and beat Romero's throw from third for the infield single. Hendriks once again stranded the runner at first by sandwiching his eighth strikeout around a pair of fly outs. Nick Christiani tossed a scoreless eighth for the Bats. He struck out two to end the inning after giving up a broken-bat single to Jermaine Mitchell. Aaron Thompson hurled a scoreless ninth to preserve the shutout for Rochester.