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The Journal Gazette

Friday, July 06, 2018 10:40 pm

Bowling Green 6, TinCaps 1; win streak ends at 4

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

How it Happened

The Hot Rods put together a big inning early, jumping on TinCaps starter Mason Thompson after the right-hander had retired the side in order in the first. Moises Gomez and Ronaldo Hernandez ripped back-to-back singles to begin the inning, including a 109-mph missile to left from Hernandez. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch and came around on a soft two-run single over first from first baseman Jim Haley that opened the scoring. An infield single and an error on shortstop Justin Lopez then loaded the bases before Vidal Brujan drove a fly ball deep to left, scoring Haley from third to make it 3-0.

Bowling Green rallied again in the fifth. Carl Chester started the inning with a bunt single and Vidal Brujan grounded one through the right side for another hit to put runners on the corners. With Taylor Walls at the plate, Brujan tried to steal second. The throw bounced in front of the bag and went into center field, letting Chester trot home with a run to make it 4-0. Shortstop Justin Lopez missed the ball on the short hop, but his glove was still near the bag when Brujan slid in and it the runner's face crashed directly into it. The collision had Brujan on the ground for a minute and forced him out of the game and also took out Lopez, who appeared to jam his hand on the would-be tag. Gabriel Arias took his place at short.

The TinCaps' best chance to get back into the game came in the fifth inning. With one out and a runner on first, Jeisson Rosario sliced a double the other way, putting two on for Robbie Podorsky. Podorsky remained red-hot by smashing a single back through the middle to drive in Jalen Washington and make it 4-1. The TinCaps later loaded the bases with one out in the same inning, but both Esteury Ruiz and Arias struck out and the opportunity was missed. Arias' strikeout came on a check swing on which he clearly thought he held up. He stood in the batter's box, staring at the umpire who made the call, for a full 10 seconds before moving.

Player of the Game: Phoenix Sanders

The Bowling Green reliever came in at a key moment in the game, with runners on second and third and one out in the fifth. He gave up a single to Robbie Podorsky and a walk to Tirso Ornelas, but then struck out the next five hitters in a row, quelling any thought of a Fort Wayne rally in the middle innings. He eventually struck out six and lowered his ERA to 1.88 with the 2 2/3 scoreless innings he worked. He got the win to run his record to 4-1 this season.

Facts and figures

The TinCaps are still 11-3 in their last 14 games, but the loss snaps a streak of seven straight wins at home. ... Thompson pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings before surrendering a run in the second, which broke a streak of 19 straight innings without an earned run by Fort Wayne starters. Thompson went five innings, gave up three earned runs on six hits and struck out seven without a walk. ... Left-fielder Robbie Podorsky came in with six multi-hit games in his last eight, hitting .485 during that stretch. He went 1 for 2 with three walks and an RBI. ... Jim Haley went 2 for 3 with two RBI, a double and a walk for the Hot Rods. ... TinCaps leadoff hitter Jeisson Rosario went 3 for 5, his first three-hit game since May 26. ... The TinCaps wore multi-colored LEGO jerseys, as part of the LEGO Let's Play Tour, which is at Parkview Field until Sunday. The free LEGO experience gives kids a place to play during the game. ... Before the game, the Padres announced they had promoted right-handed pitcher Dylan Coleman from Tri-City to Fort Wayne. Coleman was a fourth-round pick in the 2018 draft and reportedly throws a 98 mph fastball. He will take left-hander Nick Margevicius' place on the roster, but will pitch out of the bullpen.

What's next?

These teams will meet again Saturday at Parkview Field as the TinCaps look for their sixth win in a row. First pitch will be at 7:05 p.m. Fort Wayne will send left-hander Tom Cosgrove (2-3, 4.87 ERA) to the mound. Nick Margevicius was originally scheduled to make the start, but was promoted to High-A Lake Elsinore on Thursday. The Hot Rods will counter with 20-year-old left-hander Resly Linares (2-2, 4.09 ERA). He pitched four shutout innings against the TinCaps on June 25.