Rochester Rolls Past RailRiders
MOOSIC — Josh Rogers sat in the dugout in the middle innings and looked up at the scoreboard and the crooked number in Rochester’s hit column.
Eight hits after four innings; 10 after five.
The RailRiders starting pitcher, in a bit of disbelief, replayed them in his mind.
“I’m looking back at the hits: hard-hit ground ball into the hole; hard-hit ball down the line; off the end of the bat; bunt,” he said. “It’s just crazy to just see the hits pile up.”
Rochester roughed up the RailRiders for 16 hits, while SWB’s offense could manage only two as the Red Wings rolled to a 9-1 rout at PNC Field on Friday.
Rochester scored runs in seven innings and had only two three-up, three-down frames.
Rogers remembered the feeling. The southpaw gave up 13 hits in a game against Louisville on June 15, but managed to correct things with three straight quality starts after it. Rochester knocked him for 13 hits Friday: 10 singles, two homers and a double.
“I look at some of those innings, like, ‘Dang could I have made one more better pitch to leave that runner stranded on second?’” he said. “Just an unfortunate night.”
Kennys Vargas followed two first-inning singles with an RBI groundout. Zack Granite singled in the second and scored on the first of three RBI singles by No. 9-hitter Leonardo Reginatto.
After four innings, Rochester led, 3-0, then Gregorio Petit delivered the first homer against Rogers — a two-run blast out to left.
Vargas launched a solo homer out to deep left-center in the seventh inning to push it to 7-1.
Rogers allowed seven runs, walked none and struck out two in seven innings.
“Some of the guys are saying, ‘Hey man, at least you went seven. At least you went seven,’ ” Rogers said. “I said ‘Yeah, but if I’m going seven and giving up seven runs, I’m not giving my team a chance.’ That’s what I’ve talked about since the beginning of the year. I just want to give my team a chance to win every single time out. Giving up seven runs, I don’t care if you go nine innings, you’re not really giving your team a shot.”
Rogers’ offense didn’t give him much support. The RailRiders had two singles, walked twice and scored their run on Shane Robinson’s sixth-inning sacrifice fly. Otherwise, it was a quitet night against Rochester starter Stephen Gonsalves and his bullpen.
“Offense? What offense?” RailRiders manager Bobby Mitchell said. “Our offense was — obviously we had two hits, two walks, so we had four base runners. Had a first to third, which was a plus in the base running, and then we had a sac fly. That’s about it.
“It’s always kind of a question mark, how teams come back from the break, the all-star break. I think it’s a little early to tell, but we’ll see in the next two days exactly how we respond.”
In their first two games back from the break, the RailRiders have six hits and have scored two runs.
Gonsalves faced one more than the minimum through five innings, surrendering a one-out walk to Ryan McBroom in the second and a single by Francisco Diaz in the third. Diaz, who had both of the RailRiders’ hits, was eventually erased by a double play.
Gonsalves allowed one run in 5⅔ innings, walked two and struck out five. It was his second straight good start against the RailRiders, after SWB routed him for 15 runs in 5⅔ innings their first two meetings with him.
“We didn’t hit many balls hard, for sure,” Mitchell said. “Got to give the guy credit. He mixed up his pitches well, his speeds especially, I think it looked like it. We weren’t on too many balls. We fouled some off, but our time was not good tonight against any of their pitchers.”
Luke Bard, Jake Reed and John Curtiss worked three perfect innings of relief to finish off the RailRiders.
Rochester added two runs in the ninth off Tommy Kahnle, with back-to-back singles setting up Petit’s two-run knock.
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