Here's the problem as the schedule runs out....sometimes you just have to win to stay put. Wings put together their second straight solid game tonite as they defeated their Thruway nemesis to the West 7-2,
Newbie Tyler Duffey made his second start for the Wings and pitched 6 strong innings, allowing just 2 runs. Lester Oliveros with another fine 2 innings of relief, allowing nothing and fanning 4. Tonkin finished up with a rare scoreless inning.
Wings struck right away in the first inning, scoring twice and never looked back, They were paced tonite by solo homeruns by the slumping Chris Colabello and Wilkin Ramirez and a bases clearing double by the rejuvenated Pedro Florimon.
Colabello took over the team lead in HR's with 9 and Ramirez hit his 4th. UNfortunately, Pawtucket also won so the Wings remain 2 back of the Sox with 13 to play. Syracuse blew a 9th inning lead and lost to Scranton so Rochester trails the Chiefs by 5. Its unreasonable to think they can catch the Chiefs, even with 4 more games against them. The win over Buffalo moves the Wings one up on the Bisons with the final game of this mini-series tomorrow. Alex Meyer takes the hill in an attempt to go more than 6 innings for the first time this season.
The Wings bullpen has been overall terrible in August, but now with two notable exceptions. Oliveros has had an incredible run lately. In his last 9 appearances he has not given up a run. And he has fanned 31 in his last 18 innings. And newcomer Pryor has only allowed 2 hits since joining the team. They have tried to pick up the slack for the terrible trio Thompson, Achter and Tonkin, who have pretty much fallen apart.
Wings are 70-61. And their playoff hopes flicker on.
Interesting stuff: Wings play their final two games against Pawtucket. They are 7-7 against them so far. If they go into those games trailing by 1 or 2, they have to win both to gain the WC, assuming Pawtucket is still the team to beat. They would get the spot by virtue of winning the season series in the case of a tie.
If they lead the Sox by 1 or 2 games and lose them both, Pawtucket gets the spot. In this case a tie goes to the Sox for winning the season series.
If they go into the games tied and they split, remaining tied and also tied in the season series, I'm not sure what the next tie breaker is. Given the tight schedule the IL has to complete the playoffs, I don't know if there would be a one game playoff game to decide the spot.
Edit: the next tiebreaker is the teams' intradivisional record. In that case the Wings would probably lose out since they are 1 under .500 and the Sox are 5 over ,500. No way the Wings could catch up. so we don't want to go there.....