Moosic, Pa. - Alex Rodriguez recorded two hits in his second rehab game with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees), but it was not enough as SWB fell to the Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) on Friday night, 2-1. The RailRiders out-hit the Bats 6-4, but two sacrifice flies were enough for Louisville to emerge victorious.
Rodriguez batted four times, and knocked his first base hit in the fourth inning. He advanced to second on a single by Adonis Garcia, but was stranded there. In the eighth he hit a liner to left field, but was thrown out trying to take second when the ball took a quick hop off the wall.
Louisville took an early lead with a run in the top of the first. Billy Hamilton hit a grounder up the middle, and reached first on an infield single. He then stole second, his 53rd stolen base of the season which leads all of baseball. He moved to third on a grounder, and then scored when Felix Perez hit a sacrifice fly to left field.
The RailRiders leveled the score in the bottom of the fourth when David Adams led off the frame with a solo home run to left field. It was Adams' fourth homer as a RailRider, and his sixth overall counting his two in New York.
The Bats did not wait long to retake the lead. Emmanuel Burriss led off the fifth inning with a single, stole second, and advanced to third on a throwing error. He later scored when Henry Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly to center field.
Chad Rogers (2-2) picked up the win after throwing five and two-thirds innings. He allowed just the Adams home run, and struck out five batters without issuing a walk.
Brett Marshall (4-8) turned in a fine performance for SWB, but was handed the loss. He allowed two runs, only one of them earned, on three hits with four strikeouts. Chase Whitley came out of the bullpen and tossed his sixth straight outing of scoreless relief.
SWB and Louisville will play game three of their four-game series on Saturday night at PNC Field. Christmas in July will be celebrated as the first 2,500 fans through the gates will receive a holiday ornament. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., and David Huff (4-4, 3.77) is the scheduled starter for the RailRiders.
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