(Bowling Green, KY) – Anthony Scelfo extended his season-high seven-game hitting streak with a lead-off single in the bottom of the first inning for the Hot Rods, but it was one of the few positives as they saw their four-game winning streak come to an end in a 12-0 loss to Greenville on Tuesday night. The two teams have now split the first two games of the series and will play the rubber game on Wednesday night. Bowling Green (29-29) remains five games out of first place, however, as first-place Charleston fell to Augusta.
Greenville took a page out of the Hot Rods playbook by scoring a pair of first inning runs. With two down, starter Frank De Los Santos (L; 3-5) gave up a run-scoring double to Ryan Lavarnway to give the Drive a 1-0 lead. Two batters later Isaias Velasquez committed an error to allow another run to score for a 2-0 Drive lead.
Greenville added a run in the third inning on doubles by Lavarnway and Will Middlebrooks, pushing the lead to 3-0 after three. After a solo home run from Tim Federowicz in the fourth, his eighth of the year, the Drive had a 4-0 lead. For De Los Santos, three of those four runs scored with two outs. He finished five innings, allowing a season-high eight hits, four runs (three earned) with two strikeouts and one walk.
Greenville broke the game open in the fifth with five runs against Neil Schenk, highlighted by a three-run homer from Middlebrooks. In the seventh, the Drive added three more runs, again highlighted by a long home run from Anthony Rizzo that went over the video board structure in right center field. In total, the Drive finished with 12 runs and 17 hits, a season-high allowed by Hot Rods pitchers in 2009.
Offensively, Kyeong Kang earned the Koch Air Hottest Hitter award, finishing with his third three-hit game of the season, including his eighth double. Kang is now hitting .301 with eight doubles, three triples, and a home run in 23 games.
The Hot Rods and Drive will now play the rubber game of their series on Wednesday night at Bowling Green Ballpark. RHP Joe Cruz (1-2, 3.03) gets the ball for the Hot Rods against Greenville’s Stephen Fife (2-4, 2-4, 3.23). First pitch is at 7:05 PM CDT. You can follow the action with Tom Gauthier on 1340 WBGN and www.bghotrods.com beginning at 6:50 PM CDT.
Wednesday night will be Pigeon Forge Night presented by Pigeon Forge, TN. For tickets, visit www.bghotrods.com or the Hot Rods ticket office at Bowling Green Ballpark.