GENEVA — After weather halted the Red Wings (7-4) from attempting to win their sixth consecutive game on Sunday, it seemed that may have had an affect on the team as they lost against the Utica Blue Sox (8-4) on Monday, 11-5.
For a team that had given up just four runs in their last three games, the Red Wings gave up an uncharacteristic amount of runs against the Blue Sox, a team that Geneva beat 7-2 last Tuesday.
The game began exactly how the Red Wings did not want. The Blue Sox scored five runs in the first inning of the ball game off of a slew of RBI singles and errors by the Red Wings.
A total of three errors were committed by Geneva in just the first inning. Four out of Utica’s five runs could be traced back to an error by the defense. Three of them were a direct result of errors.
The Red Wings ended with more hits than the Blue Sox, but their atypical five errors seemed to be their demise.
Nevertheless, Geneva has not been a team to roll over after falling behind. They dusted themselves off in the bottom of the first and responded with two runs of their own to cut the deficit to three.
Trey Yunger and Kross Grundy hit back-to-back singles with one out to bring up Trevor Rogers, who has been on a torrid pace as of late. Yunger would end up with two hits and two runs scored.
Rogers continued to see the ball well, driving in Yunger and taking advantage of the lone Blue Sox error of the evening. Leo Wells then drove in Grundy with a sacrifice fly.
In the next inning, the Red Wings would score three more runs, but so too would the Blue Sox.
After a sacrifice fly and an RBI single, another error plated Utica’s eighth run of the night.
Geneva answered right back in the bottom of the second with three runs from a Brainy Rojas RBI double, as well as a Grundy two-run single. Grundy would end up going 2-for-3 at the plate with one run scored and two RBIs.
Unfortunately, that was all the runs the Red Wings could muster.
Utica’s Michael McCully, Ben Kovel (W) and Andrew Braun would shut down Geneva’s offense for the remainder of the game.
After going up 8-3 after two innings, the Blue Sox offense was kept relatively quiet by Zach Crane (L) and Tim Blasidell on the mound for Geneva. They eventually broke through and added three more insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning to cap off their victory.
Though it is still a young season, the Red Wings have given enough of a sample size to know that their poor defensive play featuring five errors on Monday night was a fluke.
They will look to bounce back tonight against rival Newark at Colburn Park, First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.