Somehow though, the Wings have managed to keep winning. Last night they jumped out to a 6-0 lead against the Buffalo Bisons, thanks to home runs by Gilbert Velazquez and Garrett Jones, and then hung on as the Bisons battled back, only to fall one run short. With the victory, Rochester moves 18 games over .500 for the second time this season (69-51), and coupled with Scranton's extra inning loss to Pawtucket, have now taken over sole possession of first place again in the International League North. Additionally, they are now 5.5 games ahead of Ottawa and Toledo for the Wild Card spot with only 24 games to play. Putting their playoff chances in perspective, if the Red Wings split those final 24 games, either Toledo or Ottawa would have to go 18-6 over their final 24 games to overtake the Wings, and that would be quite a challenge.
For Velazquez, last night marked his first start at shortstop since June 25, and his three-run home run was his first at AAA. Garrett Jones' two-run blast was his team leading 17th. He now has 77 RBI.
Speigner contributed immediately for the Wings, as he took over for the struggling Pete Munro in the fifth inning with two outs and the team leading by only two runs. He allowed only one run in 3.1innings of relief, and stranded the tying run at third in the eighth to pick up his first AAA victory. A fine Thursday night crowd of 8,204 looked on as the Wings won their fifth game in a row, giving them their second five-game winning streak of the season. They improved to 20-13 in one run games.
Tonight's pitching matchup pits Wings Scott Baker (4-2 2.86) versus Buffalo's Brian Slocum (5-2 3.27) Deck: In this edition of Live From Rochester, the Wings go on to win their fifth straight contests, and move back into first place in the International League North standings. With Scott Baker scheduled to start on Friday, the Wings have a good chance at making it six in a row, just as long as the bats continue to stay hot.