TinCaps outfielder Dwanya Williams-Sutton went 3 for 4, drove in a run and scored twice and top prospect Ryan Weathers pitched five solid innings, but the Fort Wayne bullpen was unable to hold a three-run lead and the TinCaps fell 6-5 to the first-place Bowling Green Hot Rods on Wednesday at Bowling Green Ballpark.
The Hot Rods (59-42, 19-11 second half) pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the eighth when Osmy Gregorio singled off reliever Jose Quezada and Grant Witherspoon scored. Quezada came into the game in the seventh with the TinCaps (44-55, 11-20) up 4-3, but couldn't hold the lead that inning or the tie in the eighth and took his first loss since May 14.
The TinCaps took the lead with three runs in the third inning after falling behind 1-0 in the first. Fort Wayne pulled off a double steal to bring Tucupita Marcano home with the tying run and Agustin Ruiz and Justin Lopez had RBI singles in the inning to make it 3-1.
Weathers was in command throughout, giving up one run on three hits while striking out five and walking one. He held the lead, retiring the final 10 batters he faced. He and Hot Rods starter Matthew Liberatore were the first two left-handed pitchers selected in the 2018 draft.
Williams-Sutton added an RBI single in the fifth to give the TinCaps a 4-1 lead, but Bowling Green erased the deficit against relievers Cody Tyler and Quezada.