FORT WAYNE – After a six-error game Thursday, the TinCaps were noticeably sharper in the field, and on the mound, in their Friday matchup against Bowling Green.
But at the plate, Fort Wayne was notably worse.
The Hot Rods gave up four hits in a 4-0 shutout win against the TinCaps in front of 7,881 fans at Parkview Field.
The cold night at the plate for Fort Wayne came a day after launching three home runs in one game.
Sometimes one thing shows, the other one’s not showing, TinCaps manager Jose Valentin said. Today, our offense was poor. We were not even hitting the ball hard.
The loss kept with the TinCaps’ inconsistency during the second half, in which Fort Wayne (62-60) is 19-34.
The TinCaps got a chance in the first inning thanks to back-to-back singles from shortstop Reynaldo Bruguera and right fielder Hunter Renfroe.
The two were on second and third with two outs, but designated hitter Diego Goris grounded out to shortstop Leonardo Reginatto.
Bowling Green (70-52, 32-22) shut the TinCaps down after that inning.
Hot Rods starter Jordan Harrison gave up three hits in his first two innings but retired 14 of the last 15 batters he faced. The lefty went 6 1/3 innings with three hits, one walk and five strikeouts to his credit.
TinCaps starter Joe Ross gave up three hits in six scoreless innings. The Hot Rods threatened with the bases loaded in the third and runners on second and third with one out in the fifth, but Ross worked through the jams for a six-inning, two-walk and three-strikeout start.
Had a lot better fastball control today, which makes the slider and changeup a lot better, Ross said. Our defense did a pretty good job today. Just unfortunately, their starter did a really good job today.
Reliever Trevor Gott wasn’t as lucky. Gott, a sixth-round pick out of University of Kentucky, came on in the seventh.
He fell victim to a poorly played ball by center fielder Mallex Smith that allowed Reginatto to score from first on a double by left fielder Marty Gantt.
The Hot Rods padded the lead off reliever Chris Nunn in the top of the ninth, with a solo shot from catcher Justin O’Conner and another RBI double from Gantt. Gantt stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly from center fielder Andrew Toles.
Bowling Green became the third team to sweep Fort Wayne at home this year.
After going 25-11 at Parkview Field in the first half – good for best in the Midwest League – the TinCaps are a league-worst 12-18 at home.
We got some chances early in the game, Valentin said. It doesn’t matter. You can’t win without scoring any runs.
Note: TinCaps outfielder Brian Adams was moved to the disabled list, and second baseman Maxx Tissenbaum was reinstated from the disabled list for Friday’s game.