September 8, 2017 - Midwest League (MWL) - Bowling Green Hot Rods
Bowling Green, KY -- On Thursday night, the 2017 season ended for the Bowling Green Hot Rods with a 6-4 loss on a two-run walkoff homer by Fort Wayne TinCaps catcher Marcus Greene Jr. in the ninth inning in Game 2 of the Midwest League Divisional Series at Parkview Field.
After a pitchers duel during a 2-1 loss in game one, Hot Rods starter Adrian Navas gave up just one run on six innings for a quality start. The only blemish for the Navas was a solo homer given up to TinCaps leadoff hitter Jack Suwinski in the first inning to begin his outing.
Offensively, the Hot Rods started their comeback in the fourth inning when an error from TinCaps shortstop Gabriel Arias on a single by infielder Jim Haley to tie the game.
Bowling Green tacked their go-ahead and final runs fifth inning against RHP Pedro Avila (0-1), plating three on a RBI single from outfielder Joshua Lowe and a sacrifice fly from outfielder Jesus Sanchez. They also got a RBI groundout from catcher Rene Pinto.
Fort Wayne started their final comeback in the seventh inning with a sacrifice fly from Suwinski to pull to within to runs.
In the eighth inning, with runners on first and third and nobody out, the TinCaps tied the game on a RBI groundout from Arias and a RBI single from infielder Reinaldo Illarazza.
The TinCaps completed their comeback with the two-run homer from Greene with two outs in the ninth inning against Hot Rods righty Joe Serrapica (L, 0-1).
With the loss, the Hot Rods season in 2017 has ended as they were swept by the TinCaps. It is the third time Bowling Green has been swept by Fort Wayne in the Midwest League Postseason in addition to 2011 and 2013. The Hot Rods are now 1-10 all-time in the postseason.
The Hot Rods will begin their tenth season in April 2018. You can listen in to Play-by-Play Broadcaster Alex Cohen for all the games on www.williecountry.com (Click on BG Listen Live) or on AM 1340 and Willie 107.9 in Southcentral Kentucky.
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