Bowling Green, Ky. – Just like the first two games of the series, offenses remained quiet until the later innings. Unlike the first two, the Lake County Captains (Class-A/Cleveland Indians) rallied for five runs in the seventh and held off the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Tampa Bay Rays) to avoid the sweep, 5-4. Hot Rods starter Jake Faria took a no-hitter into the seventh, but it ended as the Captains rally began.
Juniel Querecuto helped the Hot Rods strike first for a tenth consecutive game. He led off the fifth inning with a double, and would tag up and go to third base on a fly-ball out by Ty Young. With the infield drawn in, Yoel Araujo hit a high-chopper of a single into left field to drive home Querecuto from third base.
Faria entered the seventh having retired 16 batters in a row, but Clint Frazier broke up the no-hitter with a single up the middle to start the frame. He moved up to second on an error by first baseman Alexander Simon, and one out later, scored on a single by Grant Fink to tie the game. Fink moved to second on the throw home, and he would score when Nellie Rodriguez drove a hit to right field. Run-scoring hits by Claudio Bautista and Brian Ruiz capped the inning, and the Captains took a commanding 5-1 lead.
The Hot Rods proved resilient and cut the lead to just one in their half of the seventh. Querecuto drew a walk to begin the rally, and two outs later, Simon singled up the middle. Johnny Field followed with a walk to load the bases, and Pat Blair lined a single up the middle to plate both Querecuto and Simon. Field would later score when Armando Araiza reached on a throwing error by Fink, but Bowling Green left the bases loaded.
Lake County’s bullpen maintained the lead with routine innings in the eighth and ninth to salvage the finale. Adam Plutko (3-1) worked into the seventh inning for Lake County and earned the win. He allowed just two runs on six hits with eight strikeouts.
Faria (3-3) was nearly spotless through six with his no-hitter, but he allowed the five runs in the seventh after it ended to pick-up the loss. He conceded just one free pass, and struck out six batters.
Bowling Green will now welcome their second opponent in the midst of a nine-game homestand at Bowling Green Ballpark with another special first pitch time. The West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit Tigers) will arrive for a three-game series, and the game will get underway at a special time of 7:05 p.m. Sunday night. It will be a Family Sundae with half-price ice cream, kids run the bases after the game, and a special post-game fireworks show. . Tickets are still available, and they can be purchased online at BGHotRods.com or by visiting the Bowling Green Ballpark box office.