Louisville Snaps SWB’s Win Streak in Series Finale
Louisville, Ky. – The Louisville Bats (Triple-A/Cincinnati Reds) salvaged the finale of their series with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (New York Yankees) and avoided the sweep with a 5-3 win on Monday evening. The win snapped SWB’s five-game winning streak, and pushed them back to below .500 with a record of 54-55.
Following two scoreless innings, the Bats started the scoring with two runs in the third. With one out, Billy Hamilton doubled to right field, and then stole third base. Following a walk to Henry Rodriguez, the rehabbing Ryan Ludwick grounded out to second base to drive home Hamilton. Felix Perez capped the inning with a base hit to left-center field to plate Rodriguez.
Louisville doubled their lead with two runs in the fourth. Mike Hessman led off with a double to left field. He advanced to third base on a single by Josh Fellhauer, and scored when Nevin Ashley hit a sacrifice fly to left field. Hamilton later singled to right field to send Kristopher Negron home for a 4-0 Bats lead.
The RailRiders got on the board thanks to a Louisville defensive miscue in the fifth. Thomas Neal led off with a single to center, and would later score when third baseman Neftali Soto threw the ball away trying to retire Adonis Garcia at first base.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre attempted a rally, and added a run in the top of the eighth. With one out, Brendan Harris singled to left field. Following a single by Dan Johnson, Harris came around to score on a base hit by Randy Ruiz. It sliced the Louisville lead to just two runs.
The Bats brought the run back in the bottom of the eight. Soto doubled to lead off the frame, and Emmanuel Burriss was brought in to run. Burriss moved to third on a single by Hessman, and would come around to score on a base hit by Kristopher Negron.
Garcia continued his torrid offensive pace when he homered in the ninth inning, his second of the season. The late power was not enough, as SWB failed to complete the sweep.
Chad Rogers (3-2) was very effective in his five and one-third innings, and he earned the win. Rogers only allowed one unearned run, and struck out four. Jose Diaz allowed the Garcia homer but picked up his seventh save of the campaign.
Chris Bootcheck (9-4) took the loss, but gave the bullpen some much needed rest by throwing six innings. He allowed four runs on six hits, and struck out four.
Despite the loss, SWB took three of four games from Louisville. The RailRiders will now embark on the second leg of their eight-game road trip when they play the Indianapolis Indians (Pittsburgh Pirates) beginning on Tuesday night. Brett Marshall (5-8, 5.35) will take the mound in the opener, and first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Pre-game coverage will get underway at 6:35 p.m. on NEPA Sports Radio – The GAME, Northeast PA’s largest sports radio network: 100.7 FM, 1340 WYCK-AM, 1400 WICK-AM, 1440 WCDL-AM and 106.7 FM.
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