Another opportunity to make a statement goes down the drain again tonite, After scratching out a 3-2 win in game one, the Wings basically fell asleep in game two for the 2nd straight evening and dropped a very lacklustre 2-1 decision, showing no passion or urgency.
This team does not deserve to make post season. they don't have it. They are totally frustrating. Profound disappointments down the stretch are Chris Colabello and Aaron Hicks...both having numerous chances to get key hits and both failing miserably. Tonite in game two, Colabello fanned twice and fouled out in the final inning. Hicks came on to pinch run the innng before and was thrown out trying to steal. Hicks had two perfect pitches to steal on and didn't move. Then he runs on a perfect thown-him-out pitch.
Hicks has contributed just about nothing significant since he arrived here. the kid is really lost...currently hitting only .263, which is unacceptable. Meanwhile Ramirez and Romero continue to produce nothing.
Pitching--Virgil Vasquez made the emergency start and was very good pitching a complete game 6 hitter, striking out 11 and walking 1. He deserved better. The Wings hitters have completely let us all down. They look like they want the season to end.
In game one, we saw a total rarity. Scranton reliever Pat Vermitte entertained the fans by pitching with both arms. It was fun watching what happens when he faces a switch hitter! I guess the league made a rule that said the pitcher must declare which arm he will use BEFORE the hitter steps in. Anyway, I'll bet none of you have ever seen this is pro ball before. He was the losing pitcher when James Beresford drove home the winning run in the bottom of the 6th to give the Wings a 3-2 lead.
Crowd of over 10,900 looked on as the Wings season winds down, sputtering and gasping.
It ain't pretty folks. Watching this team trip all over themselves lately has been no fun at all.
Another day of Rochester baseball ends in disappointment and frustration.
(glad to see the Twins doing so well at least)
Postscript: Wings will have to draw about 35,000 in their final 4 home games to avoid finishing the season with their worst attendance ever at Frontier Field. Another sad chapter in this forgettable season. No, it hasn't been Tom Nieto forgettable...it has been unfulfilled expectations forgettable. Horrible weather in April and May kept the crowds away, and once it got nicer, Wings still didn't bring in the usual number of very big crowds to offset those bad months. While they have drawn 9 crowds over 10,000, which isn't really too bad, they have also lost 6 dates to rain...which is another factor in the likelihood this will be the worst attendance in Frontier history.
Wings are 3-7 in extra innings.