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Saturday, July 07, 2018 10:10 pm

TinCaps fall to Bowling Green, 5-4

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

How it Happened

The winning run came across in the eighth inning thanks to some bad breaks and some sloppy play. With one out Bowling Green's Carl Chester grounded softly to short. Gabriel Arias charged and fielded, but Chester beat the throw. It looked on replay like he was out, but the call stood, despite an argument from TinCaps manager Anthony Contreras. Chester then stole second. Jim Haley hit next and struck out, with the ball scooting a little away from catcher Luis Campusano. Campusano got to it, but was too nonchalant with the throw and Haley beat it. The play moved to Chester to third and he scored on squeeze bunt from Alexander Alvarez, making it 5-4.

Neither starting pitcher had particularly good stuff in the early going and both teams scored in the first inning. TinCaps starter Tom Cosgrove walked the first two hitters he faced and that came back to bite him when first baseman Devin Davis grounded a single through the left side to bring in Taylor Walls with the game's first run. Cosgrove threw 35 pitches in a first inning that took 22 minutes to play.

Fort Wayne responded in the bottom of the inning. Leadoff hitter Jeisson Rosario got the rally started with a ground-ball single and then stole second, his 16th steal this season. Later in the inning, right-fielder Tirso Ornelas smoked a double into the gap in right-center for a double that easily scored Rosario from first and knotted the score at 1. The RBI was the 39th for Ornelas this season, extending his team lead. The double matched the TinCaps' total number of hits with runners in scoring position (one) in Friday's game.

The Hot Rods re-took the lead with a run in the second on a Taylor Walls double, but the TinCaps answered again in the bottom half. Gabriel Arias had a couple of good takes and drew a walk and Luis Almanzar blooped a single to right to put two on. Later in the inning, Rosario sliced a line drive the other way. Left-fielder Moises Gomez dove for the ball but missed and Rosario ended up on third with a triple, his third of the season. The hit drove in both runs and put the TinCaps in front 3-2.

Cosgrove couldn't hold the lead, however. The Hot Rods made it five straight half-innings to start the game with a run when Davis ripped a double down the left-field line to drive in another run and deadlock the score at 3. It took 80 pitches for Cosgrove to work his way through the first three innings. 

The teams traded runs again in the fifth. Rosario was again in the middle of the Fort Wayne rally, ripping a double to left to lead off the inning, putting him just a home run away from the cycle. Robbie Podorsky followed with a perfect bunt that went for a single, putting runners on the corners with nobody out. Tirso Ornelas hit the ball hard on the ground, but it was right at the second baseman and turned into a double play. Rosario scored to tie the game at 4.

Player of the Game: Jeisson Rosario

Rosario had his second straight excellent game in the series, going 3 for 4 with a triple, double, two runs scored and two RBI. He came up just a home run short of the cycle extended his team lead in runs scored to 55, nine more than any other player and third in the league. He also had three hits in the series-opener, the first time he's had back-to-back such games as a professional.

Facts and Figures

Robbie Podorsky entered the game hitting .361 this season, including .413 in the second half. He went 1 for 3 with a bunt single. ... Cosgrove pitched three innings, giving up three runs on five hits and striking out two. It was his first start in place of the promoted Nick Margevicius. ... The TinCaps entered the game tied for first place in the Eastern Division with the Lansing Lugnuts at 11-5. ... Bowling Green shortstop Taylor Walls entered the game hitting .325, tops in the league among active, qualified hitters. He went 2 for 3 with a double, walk, RBI and run scored. ... All three catchers listed on the TinCaps' roster were in the starting lineup Saturday: Luis Campusano caught, Jalen Washington played first base and Juan Fernandez was the DH. ... Bowling Green's Devin Davis went 3 for 4 with a double and three RBI. He drove in runs in each of his first three at-bats. ... Bowling Green reliever Tyler Zombro pitched a season-high four innings without giving up a run. He got the win to improve to 6-2. He needed just 29 pitches. ... Contemporary violinist Daniel Davis performed throughout the game, including playing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" on his violin.

What's Next?

These teams will meet again at Parkview Field an afternoon game Sunday. First pitch will be at 3:05 p.m. The TinCaps will send All-Star left-hander Aaron Leasher (5-3, 2.59 ERA) to the mound in the third of the four-game series. Leasher enters Saturday fifth in the Midwest League in ERA among qualified pitchers. The Hot Rods will counter with 19-year-old Tobias Myers (9-4, 4.15 ERA), who pitched six innings and gave up three runs against the TinCaps on June 26. He is tied for the league lead in wins.

dsinn@jg.net