Tuesday, May 30, 2017 10:50 pm
TinCaps' leaky bullpen results in loss to Hot Rods
CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette
The TinCaps' offense produced in a major way Tuesday night, but an ineffective bullpen resulted in the team's eighth loss in nine games.
Bowling Green scored eight earned runs against Fort Wayne's relief pitchers and rallied for a 12-9 win before an announced crowd of 4,156 in the opener of a three-game series at Parkview Field.
The TinCaps (18-34) erupted for five runs in the sixth inning to grab an 8-6 lead but quickly gave it up as the Hot Rods plated four in the seventh.
Jack Suwinski (2 for 4 with a solo home run, an RBI single and a walk) and G.K. Young (1 for 5 with a three-run homer) were the top performers, but the TinCaps racked up 11 hits, and every batter had one.
Bowling Green (23-27) got only three runs off starter Adrian De Horta, who pitched 3 2/3 innings. Will Headean followed and allowed Bowling Green to pull within 8-7 before Blake Rogers entered with one out in the seventh.
Garrett Whitley hit a two-run single off Rogers to put Bowling Green up 9-8, and a run-scoring error by second baseman Eguy Rosario, who let a ground ball go through his legs, made it 10-8.
After Suwinski's RBI knock in the eighth, the Hot Rods added two insurance runs off Austin Smith in the ninth, and Spencer Jones retired the side in order for his third save.