Rochester Red Wings (58-76) at Syracuse Mets (56-78)
Sunday, September 11, 2022 – 1:05p.m. ET – NBT Bank Stadium – Syracuse, NY
Radio: Fox Sports 1280/iHeartRadio TV: MiLB.tv
LHP MacKenzie Gore (ML-Rehab) vs. RHP Harol Gonzalez (0-3, 9.60)
NEVER SAY DIE WINGS: Rochester dropped their third straight contest in Syracuse last night, 5-4…this gives the Mets’ top affiliate a 3-2 series lead heading into Sunday…CF Andrew Stevenson finished with his 8th three-hit game of the season, while C Taylor Gushue and 2B Jecksson Flores each collected two knocks apiece…Flores poked his first triple of the season in the third followed by another three-bagger by Stevenson, the first time the Wings have hit back-to-back triples since 2008…RHP Logan Verrett took the loss, working six innings and surrendering five earned…LHP Luis Avilan and RHP Reed Garrett each pitched a scoreless inning in relief…Rochester will send rehabbing LHP Mackenzie Gore to the mound today in hopes of a series split.
NO JEWELRY THIS YEAR: With the loss, the Red Wings are mathematically eliminated from playoff contention as they fall to 58-76 on the year, 17 games back of first place Durham with 16 games remaining…this will now mark the 8th consecutive season the Wings have missed the playoffs, the second longest playoff drought since at least 1933.
Following the Wings’ Governors Cup Championship in 1997, the 2006 Wings were the next team to clinch a playoff bid, marking nine seasons without postseason play…the only span longer than the current drought.
Rochester held at least a share of first place in the International League-East for 40 days.
ANDREW KNOCK-SON: With 10 more hits OF Andrew Stevenson will surpass his career-high single-season hit total of 146 that he recorded in 2016 between High-A Potomac (83 hits) and Double-A Harrisburg (63 hits)…the lefty’s 136 knocks so far this season ranks among the top five in the international league (4th), just seven behind league leader Alec Burleson (MEM, 143 hits).
After going 3-for-5 in last night’s game, Stevenson leads all Red Wings this season with 39 multi-hit performances, 11 more than former Rochester slugger Joey Meneses, and teammate Jake Noll who each have 28.
FLOR IT: 2B Jecksson Flores collected his seventh multi-hit game of the year with Rochester last night after going 2-for-4…the righty collected nine such games with Double-A Harrisburg before…