ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Ben McDonald's second rehabilitation start was a lot like his first. Not overpowering, not sharp -- and not victorious.
McDonald allowed two runs in four innings last night for the Rochester Red Wings in Game 4 of the International League East playoffs. The right-hander, trying to rebound from shoulder tendinitis, left with a 3-2 lead over Ottawa, but the Lynx roared back against relievers John DeSilva and Tom Wegmann to win, 8-3, at Silver Stadium.
The decisive Game 5 -- with a trip to the Governors' Cup finals on the line -- is tonight. Red Wings ace Jimmy Haynes (12-8) will oppose Lynx left-hander Gabe White (2-3) in a rematch of Game 1, won by Haynes, 5-4.
McDonald threw 87 pitches -- 54 for strikes -- and allowed four hits and two walks. He struck out four. Last week, he pitched 3 2/3 innings and allowed two runs (one earned) in a no-decision at Syracuse.
"I felt good, considering the weather [steady drizzle] and thdelay [10 minutes due to faulty lighting in the first inning]," McDonald said. "My mechanics were better and when I missed, I missed down in the zone. And my arm feels good. I'm pretty pleased."
McDonald left last night with a 3-2 lead and was relieved by DeSilva to open the fifth. DeSilva gave up a two-run homer to Curtis Pride and an RBI double to Ted Wood and Wegmann was rocked by Julian Yan's three-run homer in the seventh.
A crowd of 3,245 braved steady drizzle and temperatures in the mid-50s. Last night's attendance pushed the Wings over the 400,000 mark (400,055) for the second time in club history.