SWB Wastes Adams’ Strong Start Against Rochester
MOOSIC — One more batter and Chance Adams would walk off the PNC Field mound with seven strong innings under his belt.
One more out and he would walk back to the dugout with the game tied, only a run against his ledger.
Adams got a ground ball, but it crept through to the outfield.
Nick Gordon’s RBI single gave Rochester the lead, and the Red Wings survived a long, barely foul ninth-inning drive by Mike Ford to edge the RailRiders, 2-1, on Thursday.
Adams allowed two runs on five hits, walked three and struck out five in 6⅔ innings. The walks came back to bite him a bit, as all three led off innings and two came around to score — thanks to two-out singles by Gordon.
Gordon lined a base hit to left off an Adams fastball in the third to break a scoreless tie, then put the Red Wings ahead in the seventh.
Adams walked Taylor Motter to start the inning and hit No. 9-hitter Zack Granite with one out. Adams then fell behind Edgar Corcino, 3-0, in the count, but battled back with fastball after fastball and eventually got the lefty to chase a pitch up and away for strike three.
“You’re just one out away, so, I mean that was a key out to get, that strikeout,” Adams said.
Though he was already over 100 pitches, Adams got the chance to get out of the inning, but Gordon’s grounder split Tyler Austin at first and LJ Mazzilli at second, allowing Motter to score.
“It’s just baseball,” Adams said. “It doesn’t work out all the time. I just kind of saw it went through — it’s just baseball. It just happens. It was not what I wanted to have happen, but (it) happens.”
Adams lowered his ERA to 4.65.
“His downfall — he pitched really well obviously — but his downfall was walking the leadoff hitter in two innings and they scored, and then he hit the ninth hitter in the foot, so it came back to haunt him,” RailRiders manager Bobby Mitchell said.
The RailRiders answered Rochester’s third-inning run with one of their own, with Shane Robinson singling home Abiatal Avelino. The team only had three base runners after that inning, however. Billy McKinney tripled to deep center with two outs in the sixth and Ryan McBroom followed with a walk. Austin singled with two outs in the eighth.
Rochester starter Adalberto Mejia allowed one run on three hits in six innings. Trevor May worked a perfect seventh and Gabriel Moya closed out the final two innings.
Ford gave him a scare, however.
With one out in the ninth, the RailRiders designated hitter turned on a pitch and sent a line drive out to right. It landed on the concourse beyond the bleachers, but the umps ruled it foul. Mitchell argued, but the call stood and Ford eventually struck out.
“Mike put a great swing on that ball,” McKinney said. “Unfortunately, it was foul. One of those nights. First day after the all-star break, you know you’re kind of knocking the rust off a little bit. Hopefully, we start clicking here tomorrow and just roll with it.”
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