In game two of a four-game series, the Bowling Green Hot Rods lost another close game as they were edged out 4-2 against the Dayton Dragons on Friday night at Fifth Third Field in Dayton, Ohio.
In front of a sold out crowd of 8,539 fans, the Dragons got a sacrifice fly from catcher Cassidy Brown in the second inning to take a 1-0 lead to fuel a brilliant pitching performance by start Tony Santillan.
The Reds No. 11 prospect retired the first 19 Hot Rods batters he faced in order, and had a perfect game bid broken up in the top seventh inning on a one-out single by outfielder Jesus Sanchez.
Santillan gave up another hit to infielder Mike Brosseau, but only allowed those two baserunners in his seven scoreless innings.
For Santillian, he lost his bid for a win in the eighth inning as the Hot Rods offense sparked a rally against RHP Ryan Hendrix (4-1).
After a lead-off single from infielder Miles Mastrobuoni and a walk drawn by outfielder Eleardo Cabrera, the Hot Rods got a two-out RBI single from outfielder Garrett Whitley to tie up the game at 1-1.
Whitley was activated from the disabled list prior to the game, playing in his first contest since May 5.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Dragons loaded the bases against Hot Rods reliever Spencer Jones (0-3) and then cleared them on a three-run triple by outfielder Taylor Trammell to take a commanding 4-1 lead.
Bowling Green got one run back in the ninth inning on a sacrifice fly from Mastrobuoni, but Brian Hunter (S, 3) stranded the potential game-tying run on base in the ninth to secure the victory for the Dragons.
The Hot Rods will continue their week on the road at 6 p.m. CDT Saturday.