Photo Courtesy of the Rochester Red Wings
ROCHESTER – Major league talent, past and future, was on display late Monday afternoon at Frontier Field. Unfortunately for Rochester Red Wings fans, the talent was on the other side of the field.
Former Major League outfielder Jose Bautista, in his first game with the Gwinnett Stripers, did not do anything with the bat but he did flash leather at third base starting a double play and possibly costing Rochester a run. The Atlanta Braves, Gwinnett’s parent club, also had Ronald Acuna Jr. on display. Acuna is rated as the No. 1 prospect by Baseball America and No. 2 by MLB.com. He scored the games only run in the fourth inning after walking, stealing second and third base then coming home on a Tyler Flowers groundout.
Joey Bats, Bautista’s nickname in his time with the Toronto Blue Jays, flied out to right, struck out and lined out to left in his three at bats against Wings starter Dietrich Enns. But it was his defensive play in the bottom of the third that possibly changed the outcome of the game. Wings third baseman Jermaine Curtis led off the inning with a walk and lead-off batter Nick Buss followed with a single. Gregorio Petit struck a screaming groundball toward the shortstop-third base hole. Bautista went to his knees and struck out his glove. He threw to Christian Colon who tapped second base before throwing onto Rio Ruiz to finish the play.
Jake Cave grounded out to end the threat.
The 1-0 loss Monday was the second straight by that score for the Red Wings. It was also the second straight game in which Rochester outhit their opposition but failed to score. In fact, Rochester has allowed only five hits in the two losses.
Enns took the loss and saw his record fall to 0-3 this season. By allowing just one run in seven innings, Enns earned run average dropped from 10.29 to 5.79. The winning pitcher was Mike Soroka, who improved his record to 2-0 and dropped his ERA from 2.87 to 1.99. He went the distance too, allowing three hits, walking three and striking out four.
Starting pitchers for the second game of the doubleheader, with Gwinnett being the home team, were D.J. Baxendale for Rochester and Lucas Sims for the Stripers. Neither pitcher had a win-loss record or an ERA entering the contest.