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  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Jeisson Rosario dives for a ball in the outfield during the third inning against Bowling Green on Saturday at Parkview Field. Rosario came up short of making the catch.

Sunday, July 08, 2018 1:00 am

Bowling Green 5 TinCaps 4

TinCaps endure frustrating loss

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

TinCaps vs. Bowling Green

Where: Parkview Field

When: 3:05 p.m. today

Pitchers: Aaron Leasher (TinCaps) vs. Tobias Myers (Hot Rods)

TV: Xfinity 81

Radio: 1380 AM, 100.9 FM

Baseball can be a frustrating game. A slow ground ball, a strikeout and a bunt cost the TinCaps a game Saturday night and sent them to their second straight loss.

The Bowling Green Hot Rods scored the game-winning run in the eighth inning, going on to win 5-4 in front of an announced crowd of 7,352 at Parkview Field. The win pulled the Hot Rods even with Fort Wayne and Lansing, creating a 3-way tie atop the Eastern Division.

The winning rally began innocently, as former IPFW right-hander Evan Miller got a strikeout to start the eighth. Carl Chester followed with a slow grounder to short that Gabriel Arias fielded cleanly and fired to first. The play was close, but Chester was called safe. Manager Anthony Contreras jumped out of the dugout immediately to argue, but to no avail.

Jim Haley hit next and struck out swinging, but the ball squirted away from catcher Luis Campuano. Campusano was slow getting to the ball and didn't throw it hard to first, letting Haley reach and Chester get to third. Alexander Alvarez followed with a successful safety squeeze, bringing in Chester with the winning run and making Miller a tough-luck loser.

The TinCaps (43-43, 11-6 second half) got plenty of offense, especially from the top of their order. Both Jeisson Rosario and Tirso Ornelas had three hits and Ornelas drove in his team's first run with a double to the right-center gap in the first inning.

Rosario had a particularly huge night at the plate, coming up just a home run short of the cycle. He finished 3 for 4 with a triple, double, two RBI and two runs scored, extending his team lead in the latter category to 55, a figure that also ranks third in the league.

The 18-year-old leadoff hitter drove in two runs with a triple to the left-center gap in the second inning. The blow put the TinCaps in front 3-2, their only lead of the game. Rosario also had three hits in the series opener Thursday, making it the first back-to-back three-hit games of his pro career.

All of the Fort Wayne offense was concentrated in the early innings against starter Resly Linares, however. Once reliever Tyler Zombro entered, the TinCaps' bats went silent. 

“It was really just heavy sinkers,” Zombro said. “I was trying to get a lot of ground balls early in counts and let my defense work behind me. ... They're good hitters, they've got  a lot of really good, young prospects, I just tried to sink the ball to get it off their barrel. I know a lot of times they're gonna make contact and put it in play, just hopefully it's on the ground.”

Zombro entered the game in the fifth, after Fort Wayne had knotted the score at 4, and pitched four scoreless innings, giving up just two hits and striking out two. It equaled the longest outing of the season for the Bowling Green (58-28, 11-6) right-hander, but he needed just 29 pitches to complete the four innings. Zombro got the win to improve to 6-2 this season.

Tom Cosgrove got the start for Fort Wayne, his first appearance in place of promoted left-hander Nick Margevicius. Cosgrove labored through 80 pitches, working three innings and giving up three runs.

dsinn@jg.net