An Alexander Simon RBI sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning was the difference, as the Bowling Green Hot Rods defeated the TinCaps 2-1 on Monday night in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
By going 1 for 2, Fort Wayne’s Jake Bauers extended his hitting streak to 15 games in the loss. That is the longest such streak by a Fort Wayne player this year and the longest active streak in the Midwest League.
The longest regular-season streaks in franchise history are 18 by Rymer Liriano in 2011 and Blake Tekotte in 2009.
Fort Wayne had just tied it at 1 in the top of the seventh on Josh VanMeter’s RBI sacrifice fly, which scored Franmil Reyes.
Wasted was a solid performance by Fort Wayne’s starting pitcher, Walker Weickel, who allowed two runs and five hits, wile striking out two and walking three, over six innings. He dropped to 1-7 this season.
Both teams totaled five hits. Bowling Green’s starter, Jaime Schultz, allowed three hits and no runs over six innings, striking out eight and walking three.
His replacement, Stone Speer, pitched 2 2/3 innings and improved to 4-1, allowing two hits and one run, while striking out one and walking two before Colton Reavis got the save.
Reyes was 2 for 2 with a double for Fort Wayne (28-35). Johnny Field was 1 for 4 with a run and a double for Bowling Green (30-33).
Fort Wayne has lost 3 of 4 games heading into Tuesday’s series opener against Lansing at Parkview Field.
Bauers was picked Midwest League Player of the Week on Monday.