BG's comeback attempt falls short

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Opening up the second series of their week on the road, the Bowling Green Hot Rods lost to the Clinton LumberKings 7-6 on Saturday night at Ashford University Field in Clinton, Iowa.

In a game that featured nearly a handful of lead changes and an early LumberKings lead on a two-run homer by outfielder Gareth Morgan in the second inning, the Hot Rods took over the lead in the top of the third.

With the bases loaded and nobody out, outfielder Joshua Lowe brought all three baserunners home on a three-run double to give the Hot Rods a 3-2 advantage.

The double for Lowe was his first of two on the evening.

Clinton scored three runs against starter Chris Pike (2-3) to go back up by a score of 5-3.

Following a sacrifice fly by Bowling Green designated hitter Danny De La Calle in the fourth to bring the Hot Rods back to within a run, Clinton scored a run in the sixth and a run in the eighth to make the score 7-4.

In the ninth inning, the Hot Rods put together their best rally by loading the bases and getting a two-run single from catcher Jonah Heim to cut their deficit back to one.

However, with the potential game-tying run on third and go-ahead run at first, LumberKings reliever Michael Koval (S, 2) got a game-ending groundout to give Clinton the win.

With the loss, the Hot Rods dropped just their second game in their last 14 contests. The loss also snapped the Hot Rods five-game win streak in games decided by one run.

The Hot Rods will try to get back on the winning track at 2 p.m. Sunday.