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Errors, Hitting Doom Bats in 3-0 Loss

August 7, 2009
ROCHESTER, N.Y.-The Louisville Bats' four-game win streak came to an abrupt halt on Friday night as the Rochester Red Wings shutout the visitors 3-0 at Frontier Field. All three Rochester runs were unearned, as Louisville committed a trio of errors in the contest.

The Red Wings scored two runs in the second inning. A fielding error on a force out at second base by Bats third baseman Wes Bankston prolonged the frame, and Red Wings catcher Drew Butera later took advantage of the opportunity with a two-out RBI single, scoring third baseman Danny Valencia.

Two pitches later, centerfielder Jason Pridie singled home right fielder David Winfree from second base. The Red Wings added one more run in the fourth inning, when Bats shortstop Chris Valaika bobbled a two-out groundball from left fielder Matt Tolbert.

Louisville managed to get a potential game-tying run at the plate with one out in the ninth inning, but first baseman Danny Dorn went down on strikes and Valaika flied out to deep left field to end the game.

The Bats, who finished the game 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position, stranded seven runners on base. Dorn was the only Bat with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 on the evening.

Louisville starter Ben Jukich (7-5) struck out six Red Wings in five complete innings in the losing effort. The bullpen allowed only one hit and walked just one batter the remainder of the game.

Rochester starter Jeff Manship (4-2) struck out seven hitters, and retired the 13 of the last 14 batters he faced in eight innings for the victory in his eighth career Triple-A start. Juan Marillo picked up his fourth save of the season by pitching the ninth inning.

The Bats will look to record the modern franchise's 4,000th win on Saturday evening in the third game of the four-game series. RHP Matt Klinker (0-0, 7.36), who will make his second career start for Louisville, and RHP Philip Humber (5-7, 5.63) for Rochester are the probables for the 7:05 p.m. first pitch.