Miguel Rojas drove in the winning run, and the Louisville Bats beat the Red Wings 4-2 in 11 innings Thursday night at Frontier Field. Baseball Month in Rochester presented by Hoselton Toyota contiunes Friday at 7:05 p.m., when the teams conclude the series.
Right-hander Daryl Thompson got the start against his former team, who he played for as recently as last year. Thompson was in trouble in the first inning, with runners on second and third after a balk with only one out. He was able to maintain control of the game and end the inning with no runs after getting a strikeout and fly out.
In the second, Thompson had a one two three inning which included two strikeouts. The Red Wings were the first to get on the scoreboard in the second when Danny Valencia hit a two-run home run off Bats starter Brett Tomko. Valencia's homer scored Chris Parmelee, who had reached first on a walk.
The Bats, in the third, responded by scoring a run of their own off after left fielder Wilkin Ramirez over-ran a single by Kristopher Negron. Rochester again appeared to be in some trouble with runners on third and first and no outs. However, the Wings defense were able to step up with Tsuyoshi Nishioka making two stellar plays, one that caught Negron out when attempting to steal home and the other a stellar grab, a diving stop, and quick throw to first that ended the inning with the Red Wings still up 2-1.
Louisville came out strong in the fourth, once again getting runners on third and first with no outs and were able to capitalize with a run to the score at 2-2. The Wings battled their way once again out of trouble getting a double play to end the inning with the score still tied. The Wings then seemed poised to score themselves after Ramirez led off with a single, but ended the inning empty handed when Tomko retired the next three batters.
Thompson regained control in the fifth with a quick three up, three down inning.Thompson finished the outing with five innings pitched, six hits allowed, two earned runs, two walks and six strikeouts; the six strikeouts were a season-high for Thompson.