Bowling Green, Ky. – Both offenses dominated the early goings of Monday night’s game, but the Lansing Lugnuts (Class-A/Toronto Blue Jays) untied the game in the top of the fifth and never looked back in their 11-6 victory over the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Tampa Bay Rays). Despite the defeat, the Hot Rods have won five of their last seven games.
David Harris led off the game with a home run, setting the tone for both offenses. The Hot Rods would tie the game in the bottom of the first, as Ty Young capped a two-out rally with a double that sent home Armando Araiza.
Bowling Green grabbed the lead with a pair of runs in the second. James Harris and Elias Torres started the inning with singles, and Alexander Simon then doubled home Harris. Torres moved to third in the play, and he subsequently scored when Sean Smedley grounded out to second base.
Derrick Loveless would tie the game back up for Lansing with a two-out, two-run home run to right-center field in the top of the third inning. The Lugnuts plated two runs in the top of the fourth on run-scoring singles by Justin Atkinson and Daniel Klein. The Hot Rods would answer quickly, as James Harris scored on a double play by Smedley, and Torres came across on a single to center field by Spencer Edwards.
The Lugnuts would break the draw with a three-run home run from Dawel Lugo in the top of the fifth inning, and it was all Lansing from there. They added three more in the sixth inning, but only recorded one hit in the frame. Two errors, three walks, and a hit batter aided in the sixth-inning surge, and Lansing led 11-5.
Torres would knock his third and loudest hit of the night out of the park in the eighth, as it bounced into the second-tier of the Home Run Grille in left field. It would be the final score in Lansing’s 11-6 triumph.
Matt Dermody (4-4) was the first reliever used by the Lugnuts, and he received the win. Dermody did not allow a run in his three innings of work, and the left-hander struck out five batters.
Hot Rods starter Bruedlin Suero (1-2) picked up the loss, but Dermody’s college teammate at Iowa provided great relief for Bowling Green. Andrew Hanse worked the final three and two-thirds innings without conceding a run.
The Hot Rods now hit the road for a six-game road trip, and it’ll be their final road trip of the year through the Midwest League’s West Division. It begins in Appleton, Wisc. against the Wisconsin TimberRattlers (Milwaukee Brewers) on Wednesday night. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. CT, and the Pepsi Pre-Game Show begins at 6:50 p.m. CT on the radio home of the Hot Rods, 1340 WBGN – The Ticket. For tickets and more information, fans can visit BGHotRods.com, call 270-901-2121, or visit the Bowling Green Ballpark box office.