Wings Finally Reach .500

The Red Wings broke a 1-1 tie with five runs on four singles, a walk and an error in the 5th inning and Rochester reached .500 for the first time this season with an 8-5 win in Louisville Sunday night. The Wings are now 39-39.

Billy Hamilton and Emmanuel Burriss led off the game with back-to-back singles for the Bats and pulled off a double steal, giving Hamilton 47 and Burriss 11 on the season. Chris Heisey hit a deep fly ball to center which was caught but allowed Hamilton to score giving the Bats an early 1-0 lead.

Neftali Soto walked and Denis Phipps reached on an infield single to load the bases, but Andrew Albers struck out Jason Donald looking to leave the bags loaded.

Rochester fired right back in the top of the second as Brian Dinkelman and Eric Farris knocked back-to-back singles, pulled off a double steal, and scored a run on Dan Rohlfing's sacrifice fly. It was Rohlfing's 12th RBI of the year.

Between the bottom of the second and the bottom of the fourth, the two teams would combine to put only two runners on base. Doug Bernier walked in the top of the third for Rochester and Burriss singled in the bottom of the third but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double.

Rochester blew it open it in the top of the fifth and chased Louisville starter Yohan Pino (L, 2-4) after recording only one out. Rohlfing and Drew Butera opened up the inning with singles and looked to leadoff batter Antoan Richardson for a sacrifice bunt. Richardson laid down the bunt and Pino fielded it in time to get the runner at third, but bobbled it allowing all runners to reach safely.

Bernier hit a RBI-sacrifice fly and Chris Herrmann belted a RBI-single, both to left field to give Rochester a 3-1 lead. Chris Colabello walked to again load the bases and Deibinson Romero followed with a 2-RBI single to extend the Red Wings' lead to 5-1. Pino left the game after pitching 4.1 innings while giving up seven hits and six runs, four of which were earned. He also struckout four, all looking.

Jose Arredondo came in to work and gave up a groundball out RBI to Dinkelman, then got Farris to fly out to end the inning.

Louisville had two runners with none out in the bottom of the fifth but could do nothing with it. Corky Miller singled and Kristopher Negron walked with Hamilton coming up to bat. Hamilton hit a bloop into shallow center which was bobbled and dropped by Bernier while attempting an over the shoulder basket catch. Miller advanced to third but Negron was thrown out at second, caught halfway between the bases.

Hamilton attempted to steal with the left handed pitcher Andrew Albers (W, 7-2) on the mound. With a large lead off the bag, Hamilton was caught up as Albers threw back to first and then on to second as Hamilton tried to steal. With Miller alone at third, Burriss flew out to center to end the threat. Albers finished the fifth after giving up five hits and a run while striking out six.

Reliever's Cody Eppley and Pedro Villarreal combined to pitch a perfect sixth inning for each team. Kevin Whelan came on to pitch for the Bats in the seventh and gave up a 2-run homerun to Colabello which also scored Bernier. Bernier struckout swinging but reached as the third strike was a wild pitch.

Louisville climbed closer in the bottom of the seventh when Billy Hamilton hit a 2-RBI single with two outs, scoring Phipps and Donald to make the game 8-3. Blake Martin came in to pitch for Rochester in the eighth and gave up back-to-back homerun's to Soto and Mike Hessman. Soto's homerun extended his hit streak to a season high nine games; Hessman's homerun was the 400th of his career.

The Bats failed to score in the ninth however as closer Michael Tonkin (S, 5) worked a perfect 1.2 innings following the homeruns to get record save.

Chris Colabello and Antoan Richardson both extended their on-base streaks to 31 and 26 games, respectively. Hamilton's stolen base gives him 47 on the season, 21 more than second place Felix Pie in Indianapolis. He finished 2-for-5 on the night with two RBI's and a run scored, along with the stolen base. Phipps finished 2-for-3 with a run scored and a walk.

Tomorrow night is the final game with Rochester before the Bats welcome in the Charlotte Knights. Louisville sends out RHP Daniel Corcino (3-10, 7.40) against the Red Wings' RHP Liam Hendricks (1-3, 5.35). First pitch is at 7:05pm.

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