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Red Wings, Stripers split twin bill


ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The Rochester Red Wings and Gwinnett Stripers split a Monday night doubleheader at Frontier Field. The Stripers edged the Wings 1-0 in the opener, and the Wings took the nightcap 2-1. The series continues with a 6:35 p.m. game Tuesday night. 

Game One:
Gwinnett scored the game's only run in the top half of the fourth after Ronald Acuna, Jr. started the inning with a leadoff walk. After Acuna stole both second and third base on consecutive pitches, Rochester starter Dietrich Enns surrendered an RBI groundout to Tyler Flowers which gave the Stripers a 1-0 lead.
Enns was tabbed with the loss as he went on to throw a complete seven inning game, allowing just one run on two hits while walking three and striking out four. Enns threw 85 pitches, 47 for strikes.
Mike Soroka also went the distance, allowing no runs on three hits while walking three and striking out three. Soroka threw 91 pitches, 57 for strikes.
Stripers third baseman Jose Bautista was 0-for-3 with a pair of flyouts and a strikeout while catcher Tyler Flowers, who is currently on a rehab assignment from Atlanta, finished the game going 0-for-2 with the game's lone RBI.

Winning Pitcher: Soroka (2-0)
Losing Pitcher: Enns (0-3)
Save: none
Box Score - Click here for the Game One box score and play-by-play narrative.

 Game Two:
The Red Wings were the "road" team for the second game, as it was a makeup of a game postponed in Gwinnett April 15. Rochester went ahead in the top half of the first after Gwinnett starter Lucas Sims issued three straight walks to Nick BussLeonardo Reginatto, and Jake Cave. The Wings jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the fourth walk of the inning was issued to Brock Stassi, scoring Buss from third.
In the second, Jermaine Curtis lined a double into the left field corner before a two-out bloop single off the bat of Reginatto scored Curtis from second, putting the Wings ahead 2-0.
DJ Baxendale got the start for Rochester and set the tone early as he retired the first seven batters he faced.
In the top half of the fourth, Sims was lifted from the game after issuing consecutive walks. Sims went 3.1 innings allowing one run, while striking out four and walking six. Sims threw 75 pitches, 36 for strikes.
Baxendale was relieved by John Curtiss to start the bottom half of the fifth inning. Baxendale retired 12 of the 14 batters he faced during four innings of work allowing no runs on two hits. Baxendale threw 44 pitches, 28 for strikes. After a walk to Jaff Decker, Tyler Smith roped a double into the left field corner, scoring Decker from first to cut the deficit in half. With Smith on third with two away, Curtiss stuck out Jose Bautista to end the Gwinnett threat, leaving Rochester with a 2-1 lead.
Gwinnett was held scoreless in the sixth after a diving catch by Jake Cave limited the potential of a scoring threat. 
Casey Crosby made his Red Wings debut, working the seventh inning. After an infield single, Crosby got a lineout, flyout, then struck out Tyler Smith to end the game, It was Crosby's first professional save. 
Bautista was 0-for-3 with a strikeout as the designated hitter.

Winning Pitcher: Curtiss (1-0)
Losing Pitcher: Sims (0-1) 
Save: Crosby (1)
Box Score - Click here for the Game Two box score and play-by-play narrative
NOTES: LHP Gabriel Moya has been added to the roster after being optioned to the Red Wings from Minnesota.

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