Coming into the 2014 home opener, Rochester had lost two home openers in a row, and were 0-4 against the Buffalo Bisons in home openers at Frontier Field. Top Twins pitching prospect Alex Meyer made his Triple-A debut for the Red Wings, against former pitching prospect Kyle Drabek for the Bisons.
Meyer pitched well overall, his only blemish a two run home run by the newly acquired Juan Francisco, the first home run allowed by Meyer since June 1st, 2013. Meyer also struck out six while walking one, and left after five innings because his pitch count nearing eighty. Before the game Gene Glynn talked about Meyer's pitch count and said he would be between “70-75 pitches” for his first start and then be stretched out to 100 pitches by the beginning of May.
Francisco later hit a game winning home run for Buffalo in the top of the 13th inning to give the Bisons an 8-6 victory over the Red Wings. The 13 inning game was the longest home opener in Red Wings history, besting the previous opener of 12 innings back in 2011.
The wining pitcher for Buffalo was former Red Wings pitcher Bobby Korecky, who went four innings of relief and threw 64 pitches. For Korecky, it was not his first Rochester home opener victory; it was actually his fourth career Rochester home opener victory. In 2007, Korecky gave up three runs in 2/3 of an inning and picked up the win for Rochester. He picked up the win again for the Wings in 2008. Finally, last season against the Red Wings, Korecky won the Wings home opener for the Buffalo Bisons.
Rochester is now 0-5 all time in home openers against Buffalo and they have lost three consecutive openers as well. Today, there was a very good crowd of 8,473, though that is the smallest crowd in a decade since the 2004 opener against the Syracuse Chiefs.
The Red Wings are 0-2 for the second season in a row and host Scranton Wilks/Barre for a three game series at Frontier Field starting tomorrow night. Kris Johnson will start tomorrow, with Trevor May on Tuesday and Logan Darnell will finish out the home stand on Wednesday before the Red Wings hit the road for four games against Lehigh Valley.