Clement’s club into IL playoffs

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Rochester Red Wings tallied nine runs in the bottom of the first inning and later found themselves in the International League playoffs for the first time since 2006 by beating Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 13-3 on Sunday afternoon.

The Red Wings, the Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, finished the regular season 77-67 and won a tiebreaker with the Norfolk Tides – which lost 1-0 in 10 innings to Durham – for the only wild card playoff berth in the IL.

Marshalltown native Jeff Clement went 1-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored for Rochester. His first-inning single drove in Eduardo Escobar, and Clement later scored on a hit by Ray Olmedo as a part of the Red Wings’ nine-run opening frame.

Rochester will host North Division champion Pawtucket (80-63) for the first two games of a best-of-five series in the opening round of the playoffs starting Wednesday. The Red Wings won the tiebreaker over Norfolk having taken six of their eight head-to-head games this season.

The 30-year-old Clement finished the regular season with a .220 batting average, hitting 25 doubles, 16 home runs and 70 RBIs. The first baseman/designated hitter played in 123 of the Red Wings’ 144 games, ranking ninth in the IL in RBIs and 19th in home runs.