In order for the Red Wings to make the playoffs this year, two things needed to happen on Monday. They needed to win and the Lehigh Valley IronPigs needed to lose. Unfortunately for Rochester only one of those things happened. They won. It was their 80th win of the season and absolutely nothing to hang their heads on. But due to their head-to-head record against the IronPigs their playoff fate wasn’t in their hands. That was left up to the Scranton/WB RailRiders. It just wasn’t meant to be as Lehigh Valley beat them 4-3.
Let’s focus on the positives of today though.
Rochester needed a win and did it in impressive fashion. They took down the Pawtucket Red Sox 10-1 in the season finale at Frontier Field. Adalberto Mejia was handed the ball and turned in a fine outing lasting five innings allowing the Red Sox lone run on six hits. It was Mejia’s second rehab assignment since being placed on the disabled list by Minnesota back on August 9th. Dietrich Enns went the rest of the way picking up his first save of the season in his four scoreless innings of work. Enns made his way to Rochester in the Jaime Garcia deal to the Yankees back in July before the deadline. He pitched in a total of three game for Rochester starting one of them.
After singles by Daniel Palka and Leonardo Reginatto, Rochester would get on the board first in the bottom of the second inning when Palka scored on a J.B. Shuck sacrifice fly. They would add one more run in the bottom of the third, before Pawtucket scored in the top of the fourth cutting the Red Wings lead in half. Jonathan Rodriguez would hit his first homer of the season in the bottom of the fifth. It was a two-run shot over the left field fence.
With Rochester’s pitching taking care of things on that end, the bats put the game out of reach in the bottom of the seventh. With the score 4-1, the Red Wings rattled off five more runs on the strength of two home runs. The first was Matt Hague who led off the inning with a bomb followed by a three-run shot by Shuck with two outs. Hague would add a second home run in as many at-bats in the eighth for even more insurance.
When it was all said and done, all but two Red Wings players recorded a hit. Those same players would each score at least one run as well.
With his two hits Monday afternoon, Matt Hague finished first in the International League in hits with 149. That total would put him sixth throughout the entire Triple-A level.
All-in-all it was a successful season with a disappointing end, but plenty to be excited about and look forward to in 2018.
**Photo by Jamie Germano/Democrat and Chronicle**