Hot Rods Drop Series Opener to TinCaps, 3-2 on Saturday
Fort Wayne, IN - Jonathan Aranda extended his hit streak to nine games in Bowling Green's 3-2 loss to the Fort Wayne TinCaps to open up a four-game series at Parkview Field in Fort Wayne, Indiana on Saturday night. The Hot Rods are 32-22 in the second half and 71-53 overall ahead of Sunday's 2:05 PM CDT first pitch in the second game of the series.
The TinCaps took a 1-0 lead in the second behind a two-out homer off the bat of Ethan Skender, but the Hot Rods backed starter Easton McGee with a pair of runs in the third to take the lead. Chris Betts led off the frame with a single to right field against Fort Wayne starter Adrian Martinez. Grant Witherspoon drove Betts in to tie the game with a double to right-center, moving to third on the throw to home. Osmy Gregorio lifted a sacrifice fly to left field in the next at-bat with Witherspoon tagging and scoring to give the Hot Rods a 2-1 advantage.
Fort Wayne tipped the scales in their favor against McGee and Bowling Green reliever Chris Muller in the sixth. With one out, Ripken Reyes and Blake Hunt tripled in consecutive at-bats to tie the game while Chris Givin worked a two-out walk to chase McGee from the game. Muller entered from the bullpen and walked both Dwanya Williams-Sutton and Ethan Skender to force home the go-ahead run to give the TinCaps a 3-2 lead. The Hot Rods were held to one hit and three walks over the final five innings, striking out 11 times as the TinCaps took game one of the four-game set.
McGee (7-5) took the loss after working 5.2 innings while allowing three runs on six hits with a walk and two strikeouts. Muller allowed two walks over 1.1 innings of work with two strikeouts. Joel Peguero threw a seamless inning in the eighth, striking out one TinCap.
Notes: Aranda extended his hit streak to nine games... Cardenas has a four-game streak... Proctor tied a career-high with three walks... It's the second time in five days he's had a three-walk game... BG was 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position... The Hot Rods are 21-31 when their opponent scores first... They're 20-21 in one-run games... BG has a record of 22-17 in the first game of a series... The Hot Rods and TinCaps continue their four-game series on Sunday with a 2:05 PM CDT first pitch at Parkview Field... Bowling Green will send RH Caleb Sampen (9-4, 2.68) against Tincaps LH Ryan Weathers (3-5, 3.59)... Fans can catch all the action with Shawn Murnin on Willie 107.9 FM and the Hot Rods Radio Network on the TuneIn Radio and MiLB First Pitch apps, available for smartphones.
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