(From the Louisville Bats)
MOOSIC, Pa - The Louisville Bats (50-52) snapped a 5-game losing streak in extra inning games with a 2-1 win over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (49-51) in 10 innings on Saturday night.
Denis Phipps hit his first triple of the season and then scored on a Felix Perez single to give Louisville a 1-0 lead in the top of the second. Jason Donald singled to put two on with one out, but Scranton/WB starter David Huff got Matt Kennelly and Kristopher Negron to pop out and end the threat.
RailRider Randy Ruiz blasted his 11th homerun of the season to straightaway center field in the bottom of the second, tying the game 1-1. Following a single and walk, Yohan Pino struckout Walter Ibarra and got David Adams to fly out and end inning.
Scranton/WB had two on with one out in the bottom of the third when Ruiz grounded into a 1-4-3 double play. Donald and Kennelly had back to back 2-out single in the top of the fourth for Louisville but Negron flew out, stranding the runners.
The two teams managed only one hit between the fifth and seventh inning, a one out single from the Bats' Negron in the top of the seventh. Both pitchers went six innings with similar lines. Pino gave up five hits and one run with five strikeouts; Huff gave up six hits and one run with seven strikeouts.
Jose Arredondo pitched a perfect seventh inning but put the Bats' in a bind in the eighth. Arredondo walked Ibarra to begin the inning who then reached third after a Louisville fielding error. Adams grounded to Burriss who made the throw to Donald at short to get the force of Ibarra. The ball careened off Donald's glove into the outfield. Ibarra advanced to third and Adams circled first to second but was thrown out.
Bats skipper Jim Riggleman walked out to the mound for the second time in the inning and called to the bullpen for Jose Diaz. Diaz (W, 2-4) struckout out Yankees star Alex Rodriguez and got Adonis Garcia to ground out to end the inning with Ibarra stranded on third. It was A-Rod's third strikeout of the game.
Louisville loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the ninth after two errors allowed Negron and Billy Hamilton to reach base with two outs. Emmanuel Burriss reached after being hit on a 0-2 pitch. Henry Rodriguez, who has struggled since coming back down from MLB-Cincinnati, grounded out to end the inning. Scranton collected a one out double in the bottom of the ninth, but Burriss flashed the leather and Diaz struckout former Bat Corey Patterson to end the ninth.
Louisville opened the tenth inning with back to back doubles off Scranton/WB reliever Matt Daley (L, 0-1) from Hessman and Perez to take a 2-1 lead. Nick Christiani (S, 3) worked a perfect tenth for Louisville.
Hessman finished 2-for-5 with a run scored; Perez was 2-for-5 with 2-RBI's and the go-ahead double in the top of the tenth. Billy Hamilton went 1-for-5 with three strikeouts. The Yankees Rodriguez finished 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. A-Rod is expected to return to New York Monday.