Live From Rochester: Rivas Sinks Wings

In this edition of Live From Rochester, the Wings lose a solid start by Jason Miller, as Luis Rivas finishes them off. Also, as the playoff hunt heats up, the Wings lose another key player, as Boof Bonser is promoted to replace the ailing Francisco Liriano in the rotation.

Fresh from the Montgomery Biscuits where he went 11-8 with a 2.98 ERA, Jim Magrane made his AAA debut tonight, and the Wings wish he had waited at least another day. Magrane went eight innings in the sweltering heat, giving up four hits, one run and striking out 10 in leading the Bulls to a series split. Thus the Red Wings still have never won a series in Durham.

The game started well for the Wings as Garrett Jones hit a deep sac fly to plate a first inning run. The lead held until the fifth inning as Jason Miller also pitched very well. The Bulls tied it on an RBI ground-out.

But the game was settled in the sevebrg, and unfortunately it was an old friend who did us in. Luis Rivas, batting .200 at gametime, with 11 RBI in 43 games, delivered a clutch two-run single to break the tie and pin the loss on Jason Miller whose record sinks to 2-6.

Scranton shutout the Lynx tonight for the third time in their four-game sweep. In fact the Red Barons who have now won seven straight, and allowed a total of ONE RUN in the four games against Ottawa. They now lead the Wings by two full games. This marks the most the Wings have trailed first place since the beginning of May. Wings have tomorrow off before opening a four-game series against the league leading Charlotte Knights. And they'll have to do it without Boof Bonser who will be making an emergency start for the Twins tomorrow, replacing Francisco Liriano, who has a tender elbow.

Who is UP–Who is DOWN:

Which Wings are doing the job lately, and which ones are not?

  • UP–Kevin Cameron. Looking more and more like a closer everyday. 8 saves; 3-2 record; 2.36 ERA

  • UP-Mike Smith. 9-4 record with 94 k's in 125 IP. Pretty much every start he made in July was excellent.

  • UP- Thomas Watkins. Now hitting .323 to lead the team. A most pleasant surprise.

  • UP-Alex Romero– He has begun to look and feel comfortable in AAA.

  • DOWN–Bobby Korecky. Not enough mental toughness yet to be a closer at AAA. During recent homestand he blew two games that the Wings were leading late and has looked mostly unsure in his new role. He has a lot of talent. But for now better suited as a set-up man. Stan C.–please take note!

  • DOWN- Andres Torres. In a miserable slump both at the plate and in the field. If Twins send us an outfielder, Torres will become a spectator.

  • DOWN– Luis Maza. Lost his job when Watkins heated up. Maza has just never gotten his 2006 season going and is only a distant shadow of his 2005 self. My biggest disappointment of the season. I had major high hopes for Maza.

  • DOWN– Chris Heintz. BA is dropping steadily and Chris hasn't been hitting at all over the past week.

    Back in May, the Wings had Jason Tyner, Jason Bartlett, Jason Kubel, Josh Rabe, Terry Tiffee in their lineup and all of them were .300 hitters.

    Beginning in August, the Wings have Kevin West, Garrett Jones, Alexander Romero, Glenn Williams, Andres Torres, Shawn Wooten, and Luis Maza–all hitting between .213 and .248.

    At one time, the Wings lead the International League North by as many as six games. Now they trail Scranton by two games.

    Not hard to see why.

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