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Red Wings hold off Bisons 4-3


The Rochester Red Wings scored three first inning runs, and held off the Buffalo Bisons 4-3 Tuesday at Frontier Field. The teams meet again Wednesday afternoon at 1:35 p.m., another $1 Wednesday with $1 Zweigle's hot dogs, peanuts, chips, and Cracker Jack.

The Red Wings got off to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning. Mitch Garver and ByungHo Park had back-to-back RBI doubles off of Buffalo starting pitcher T.J. House. John Ryan Murphy added a sacrifice fly to score Park.

In the top of the third inning, the Bisons' Christian Lopes hit a home run off of Wings starting pitcher Aaron Slegers to make the score 3-1.

Engelb Vielma used his speed to manufacture a run in the fourth inning. After a bunt single, Vielma stole second base which forced an errant pick-off attempt by House. Vielma took advantage, sliding in safely to third. Two batters later, Matt Hague drove in Vielma with an RBI-single to make the score 4-1 Wings.

House pitched 5.0 innings allowing nine hits, four earned runs and three walks, striking out seven on 101 pitches (60 strikes).

Slegers ran into trouble in the sixth inning. After loading the bases. shortstop Engelb Vielma bobbled what appeared to be an inning-ending double play which allowed Raffy Lopez to score for Buffalo. Shane Optiz ended Slegers' night by hitting an RBI-single to make the score 4-3. Jake Reed made his season-debut for the Wings by striking out Jonathan Diaz to end the rally.

Slegers went 5.2 innings, giving up three earned runs, and three walks. He struck out six batters, throwing 91 pitches (58 strikes).

Reed struck out two and allowed one hit in 1.1 innings. Ryan Pressly struck out two in the eighth inning, and worked around a lead-off walk in the ninth to close out the game for the Wings.