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Wings trample Bisons 7-0


ROCHESTER -- The hometown Rochester Red Wings pounded out a season-high 17 hits in a 7-0 win over the Buffalo Bisons Monday night at Frontier Field. The win evened the Wings' record at 33-33, and moved them ahead of the Bisons into fourth place in the division. The teams meet again Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m., with Dodgers great and former National League MVP Steve Garvey signing autographs before the game.

Matt Hague got the action started early as in the bottom of the first inning when he singled off Buffalo pitcher Brett Oberholzer, which extended his hit streak to eight games. Mitch Garver followed Hague with a double that set the Red Wings up with runners on second and third with only one out. Rochester couldn't capitalize on the early opportunity Oberholzer pitched his way out of the inning without allowing a run.

In the top of the second inning, back to back singles by John Ryan Murphy and J.B. Shuck gave Rochester yet another scoring chance. Two batters later Zack Granite delivered an RBI single that scored Murphy, and also extended his on-base streak to 19 straight games. Hague followed Granite with an RBI single that gave the Red Wings a 2-0 lead.

Niko Goodrum led off the third inning with a walk and he was quickly brought home on a RBI single by ByungHo Park that extended the Rochester lead to 3-0. Park scored on a single by Tommy Field that added another run to the Wings total. One batter later Murphy doubled in Field making it 5-0. A sacrifice fly by Engelb Vielma brought home Murphy, and that pushed the Red Wings lead to 6-0.

Oberholzer's night came to an end in the bottom of the third. He finished with 2.1 innings pitched, allowing 11 hits, six runs, all earned, walking one while striking out three. He threw 73 pitches, 41 of which were strikes.

In the bottom of the fourth, back to back singles by Park and Field set up Murphy's RBI double, for a 7-0 score.

David Hurlbut was in command the of the game the entire night. He pitched seven shutout innings, allowing four hits and two runs while striking out seven on 98 pitches, 65 of which were strikes.

Mason Melotakis, took over to start the top of the eighth inning, making his Triple-A debut for Rochester. Melotakis set down all three batters he faced, striking out one. Kam Mickolio worked the ninth inning, setting down the side.