(Bowling Green, KY) – A week ago, Matt Moore (1-1) threw five shutout innings in West Virginia as part of a 6-5 Hot Rods win. On Tuesday night in Bowling Green, the Power (4-9) got its revenge, beating Moore and the Hot Rods 9-2 to open a four-game series at Bowling Green Ballpark. The loss is the Hot Rods’ fourth straight and leaves them with a 5-8 record.
West Virginia wasted little time taking advantage of Moore’s inconsistent command. After a four-pitch walk to lead off the game, Robbie Grossman advanced to second on a passed ball, stole third and then scored when Jake Jefferies’ throw sailed into left field, giving the Power a 1-0 lead. Moore would settle down to strike out two in the inning to avoid further damage.
Moore looked like he would settle down for good, striking out three batters in the second and another two in the third to give him seven in the contest. However, in the fourth inning, Moore would issue another lead-off walk followed by an RBI double off the bat of Andrew Walker. Three batters later Moore surrendered another double to Erik Huber to give the Power a 3-0 lead. Moore would leave the game after that double, finishing 3.2 innings and giving up three runs on 2 hits, 4 walks, and a season-high 7 strikeouts.
Meanwhile, the Hot Rods offense couldn’t figure out Power starter Rudy Owens (1-0). The lefty allowed just one run over 5.2 innings, a solo home run by Justin Reynolds in the fifth. The homer was Reynolds’ first of the season and the first by a Hot Rods player in Bowling Green Ballpark. It wasn’t nearly enough, though, as Owens would give up just more three hits, walking one, and striking out three.
West Virginia broke the game open with five runs over the final two innings against reliever Tommy Rafferty. Calvin Anderson drove in three of those five runs with a triple in the 8th and a two-run double in the 9th to cap off the scoring.
The teams will play game 2 of their series on Warren County Wednesday. All Bowling Green/Warren County residents can buy tickets at the Hot Rods box office for just $2, as the Hot Rods say ‘Thanks’ to the fans in Warren County for welcoming them into the community. RHP Shane Dyer (0-0, 5.00) tries to snap the Hot Rods four-game losing streak facing West Virginia’s Gabriel Alvarado (1-1, 4.00). First pitch is 6:35 PM.