Last updated: July 20. 2013 10:00AM - 2478 Views

Alex Rodriguez signs autographs for fans at PNC Field before the start of Friday night's game.
(Aimee Dilger photo | The Times Leader)
Alex Rodriguez signs autographs for fans at PNC Field before the start of Friday night's game. (Aimee Dilger photo | The Times Leader)
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MOOSIC – Entering Friday’s game, Louisville as a team amassed 61 more stolen bases than Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season.
Speed on the bases was the difference-maker on Friday night at PNC Field as Louisville stole four bases on the night and defeated the RailRiders 2-1, overshadowing Alex Rodriguez’ second rehab game with SWB.
Speedster Billy Hamilton, who missed the series-opener on Thursday not making it to the ballpark after participating in Wednesday’s Triple-A All-Star Game in Reno, Nev., returned to the Bats’ lineup and was a big difference-maker.
Hamilton, who stole 155 bases last season in the minors to set an all-time Minor League record, started the game with an infield single against SWB starter Brett Marshall then stole second. After advancing to third on a groundout to the right side, he then scored on a sacrifice fly to shallow left by Felix Perez to put Louisville ahead 1-0. It was steal No. 53 this season for the top prospect in the Reds organization. He later stole No. 54 after walking in the third.
“He’s gonna run every time he gets on base,” RailRiders catcher J.R. Murphy said. “The best way to stop him from running is not letting him get on base. (Marshall) settled down great after that. He was throwing strikes with everything. Their aggressiveness played into his gameplan.”
Louisville scratched out an unearned run against Marshall in the next inning using speed once again. Emmanuel Burriss singled then stole second. The throw to second from Murphy sailed into centerfield and Burriss moved to third. He scored on a sacrifice fly later in the inning giving Louisville a 2-1 advantage.
“The fast guys are going to steal the bases. You can control them as much as possible and then control the guys that don’t run as well better,” Murphy added. “Those guys are going to steal the bags no matter what, but we have to give ourselves every opportunity to do that.”
Marshall pitched well on the night, allowing one earned run and three hits in six innings. He struck out four and walked four, but ran into some tough luck.
Louisville starter Chad Rogers, who was making just his fourth Triple-A start, silenced the RailRiders through the first three innings retiring all nine batters. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre got to the right-hander in the fourth. David Adams’ fourth home run of the season for the RailRiders was the first hit for SWB and tied the score at 1-1. Alex Rodriguez and Adonis Garcia followed with singles, but were stranded there as the next three batters were retired by Rogers, who only allowed four hits and no walks while whiffing five in 5 2-3 innings.
Rodriguez, playing in his second rehab game with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, didn’t play the field as he was the designated hitter. He went 2 for 4 in the game with a pair of singles.
After Thursday’s game, he said that one thing he wanted to accomplish before getting back to the Majors next week was to slide into second or third base even if he was on base and the situation didn’t call for a slide. On Friday, he was in that circumstance as he singled and moved to second and third in the fourth inning, but he didn’t slide. He got the opportunity to slide later in the game in the bottom of the eighth. He slammed a ball to left field that went to the wall. He tried for a double and slid but was out on the throw from Felix Perez.
“I didn’t care if he caught that ball in left field, I was still going to try to fill that box in and slide,” said Rodriguez, who will play third base today for the RailRiders. “So it wasn’t too embarrassing. It felt pretty good to actually round first and go in there, not running fast, but running hard.”
Bats 2, RailRiders 1
Hamilton cf`3`1`1`0`Adams2b`3`1`1`1
Rodriguez 3b`3`0`0`0`Rodriguez dh`4`0`2`0
Perez lf`2`0`0`1`Garcia rf`4`0`2`0
Hessman 1b`4`0`0`0`Johnson 1b`3`0`0`0
Fellhauer dh`2`0`0`0`Mustelier 3b`4`0`0`0
Phipps rf`4`0`1`0`Murphy c`4`0`1`0
Ashley c`4`0`0`0`Mesa cf`3`0`0`0
Burriss 2b`4`1`2`0`Neal lf`3`0`0`0
Negron ss`3`0`0`0`Ibarra ss`2`0`0`0
““`Ruiz ph`1`0`0`0
““`Crespo ss`0`0`0`0
E – Murphy (2), Neal (3). LOB —LOU 7, SWB 5. TEAM RISP – LOU 0-for-9, SWB 0-for-5. HR – Adams (4). SB – Hamilton 2 (54), Fellhauer (2), Burriss (13). GIDP – LOU 0 , SWB 0. SF – Perez, Rodriguez. PB – Ashley (1). Pick Off – Adams (first by Rogers). Outfield Assist – Perex (Rodriguez at second)
Rogers (W, 2-2) `5.2`4`1`1`0`5
Duke (H,5) `1`1`0`0`0`1
Villareal (S,1)`2.1`1`0`0`0`2
Marshall (L, 4-8) `6`3`2`1`4`4
Whitley `2`0`0`0`1`3
WP – Villareal
HBP – Adams (by Rogers).
Umpires— Home, Dave Soucy; First, Tom Honec; Third, Max Guyll
T— 2:44 A— 8,516 (10,000)
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