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Rochester Red Wings 2014 Home Opener

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Sunday marked the home opener for the Rochester Red Wings at Frontier Field. After a couple of days of snow& rain, Sunday was near 60 degrees and sunny, a perfect spring day to kick off baseball season.

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Coming into the 2014 home opener,Rochester had lost two home openers in a row, and were 0-4 against the Buffalo Bisons all time in home openers at Frontier Field. Twins top 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 was a two run home run to the newly acquired Juan Francisco,the first home run allowed by Meyer since June 1st, 2013.Meyer also struck out six batter while walking one, and left after five innings pitched due to his pitch count being near 80. Before the game Gene Glynn talked about Meyer's pitch count and said that 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 would go on later in the game and 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 pitched 64 pitches during that stretch. For Korecky, it was not his first Red Wings home opener victory, actually it was his fourth career Red Wings home opener victory. In 2007, Korecky gave up three runs in 2/3rd of an inning and picked up the win for Rochester, he picked up the win again for the Wings in 2008. Last season against the Red Wings, Korecky won the Wings home opener for the Buffalo Bisons, and then as mentioned he went on to win this year as well.

Rochester is now 0-5 all time in home openers against Buffalo, and have lost three consecutive openers as well. There was a very good crowd in attendance of 8,473, however that was 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 hitting the road for four games against Lehigh Valley.


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