|Rochester||Lost, 3-2 (10 inn.)||@ Buffalo, 6:05 p.m.||Gore (0-0, 0.00) vs. Lucchesi (0-0, 0.00)|
Buffalo 3 Rochester 2 (10 inn.)
• Adon 5IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 1K, PO @ 1B
• Minaya (L, 0-2) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, IBB, 0K
• Cronin 2BF, 1H, 0R, IBB, 0K, 2-1 IR-S
• Alu 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Banks 1-3, R, BB, HR(10), RBI
Nick Banks’s 10th HR put Rochester up 2-1 in the top of the 9th. Connor Sadzeck, who had pitched a scoreless 8th, coughed up a one-out solo shot in the 9th to let Buffalo back into the game. After giving up a single to the first batter he faced, Juan Minaya rolled a double play to force extras.
After the Red Wings had the free runner thrown out at home in the top of the 10th, (over)manager Matt LeCroy decided to intentionally walk
Irish porn star switch-hitting Cullen Large and his .630 OPS against RHB to load the bases to start the bottom of the 10th. The Bisons sacrificed both runners over. LeCroy called on Matt Cronin to replace Minaya and ordered another intentional walk (both without a single pitch to the batter) to load the bases. Cronin fell behind 3-1 before giving up the game-winner to Addison Barger. The loss was charged to Minaya.
Joan Adon started and went the first five, allowing one run on two hits and three walks. Jake Alu singled, doubled, and drove in the first Red Wings run to extend his hit streak to eight games while Jack Dunn’s single rounded out the Rochester’s four-hit barrage. “Thanks” in part to six walks, the Red Wings went 1-for-10 with eight runners left on base.
Roster moves: RHPs Zach Brzykcy, Roland Herrera reassigned from Harrisburg.
KEISTER TOSSED OUT ON HIS, WELL, YOU KNOW….
As noted in the comments, longtime manager Tripp Keister was fired this week. As WaPo’s Jess Dougherty noted in the article, this is part of a house-cleaning trend that began last fall with the firings of Mark Scialabba, Tommy Shields, Gary Thurman, Brian Rupp, and Pat Rice.
It’s worth noting that while Keister was at the helm for Harrisburg the past two years and finished last or next-to-last, the talent pool with which he had to work would barely get his feet wet. At Potomac, he won the Carolina League championship in his first season and took the team to the playoffs in 2016 and 2018.
While managing wins/losses are overrated, and the Nats’ drafting woes are well documented, ultimately someone has to take the fall. Given that DeJon Watson was brought in to revamp the minors, this was probably as inevitable as Mike Rizzo hiring someone with ties to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
CHARLESTON WINS 2022 MILLS CUP
It’s probably not the consolation that FredNats fans want to read, but Riverdogs swept the Hillcats two games to none to take the 2022 Mills Cup. In other words, there’s little reason to believe that Fredericksburg would have fared better, particularly as Charleston won 90 games total and was the top pitching team in the Carolina League.