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Reineke, Bats lose tough one in Rochester

May 16, 2012
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Luck was not on Chad Reineke's side Wednesday night at Frontier Field. The veteran righty pitched well, but allowed four runs, three of them earned, over five innings in taking the loss. He struck out a season-high eight opposing batters, but the Bats still fell to Rochester, 4-1.

With one run in, a full count on the batter and two outs in the bottom of the fifth, Reineke got Wilkin Ramirez to pop lazily to the left side and appeared to be out of the jam. The ball, however, was lost in the twilight sky by both Bats left-fielder Felix Perez and shortstop Miguel Rojas. It landed softly in the shallow left-field grass, allowing Rene Rivera and Pedro Florimon to score easily to give Rochester a 4-0 lead.

The Red Wings plated their first run off Reineke in the bottom of the first. Catcher Dioner Navarro sent a wild pickoff attempt to third trying to catch Ben Revere napping. The throw went into left field allowing Revere to score the game's first run, an unearned tally on Reineke's line. Revere's journey around the bases was aided by a borderline call on what was ultimately a wild pitch charged to Reineke, but could have been a passed ball against Navarro.

The Bats had a great opportunity to plate some runs in the top of the fifth. With the bases chucked and one out, however, Willie Harris hit a hard ground ball up the middle that was scooped by the shortstop, Florimon. He stepped on second and tossed to first to complete the double play and end the threat with no Bats runs across.

Kristopher Negron finally scored the Bats' first and only run in the top of the sixth off former Bat Matt Maloney. With two outs and Negron on third, Navarro hit a ground ball up the middle and reached on a dropped catch error by Rochester first baseman Rene Tosoni, allowing Negron to score the unearned run. Negron stole two bases on the night, good for a team-leading 13 on the year.

Maloney, of course, is the Bats' all-time franchise leader in games started (86), wins (39), innings pitched (516.1) and strikeouts (435). He was claimed off waivers from the Reds in October by the Minnesota Twins, the Red Wings' parent club, and was designated for assignment to Triple-A Rochester this past weekend.

Bats' skipper David Bell was ejected for the second time this season in the top of the eighth. He strolled to home plate after a called third strike to Negron that appeared to be well low for ball four. It looked as though Bell was just defending his player and looking for an explanation before being tossed without much argument. Both squads seemed to think home plate umpire David Soucy had a rather large zone all night before Bell's ejection.

Carlos Fisher pitched three scoreless frames in relief of Reineke, allowing just one hit and one walk. The loss dropped Reineke (4.12) to 1-3 on the year.

RHP Jeff Manship (3-1, 3.48) went five scoreless innings to earn the win. He allowed just three hits while walking three and striking out two. Lester Oliveros earned the three-inning save, his first of the year, allowing two hits while walking one and striking out four Bats hitters.

The same teams return to Frontier Field tomorrow evening at 7:05 p.m. for the third game of their four-game set. RHP Brett Tomko (0-4, 3.55) is still looking for his first win of the year and will go for the Bats. Another former Bat, RHP Daryl Thompson (1-4, 4.54), gets the ball for Rochester.