Bowling Green, KY – Parker Markel hurled seven shutout innings on Wednesday night at Bowling Green Ballpark, leading the Bowling Green Hot Rods (24-13, 62-45) to a 5-0 win over the Great Lakes Loons (16-21, 50-57) in game one of a four-game set. Josh Sale stayed locked in at the plate as he doubled home a run to help the Hot Rods to their eighth home shutout in 2012. The victory is Bowling Green’s fourth straight and 17 in the last 23 contests.
The Hot Rods offense scored one run in five of the first six innings on Wednesday night. Ryan Brett, who finished the night with three stolen bases, stole home in the bottom of the first to score the game’s first tally. That left runners on first and second with no outs, but Cameron Seitzer lined into a 6-4-3 triple play to end the inning.
The next two Hot Rods runs scored on RBI singles from Tyler Goeddel and Juniel Querecuto. Then in the fifth inning, Jake Hager drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to centerfield. Sale’s double occurred in the bottom of the sixth inning and brought Matt Rice home.
The five runs were more than enough for Hot Rods starter Parker Markel, who completely shut the Loons offense down in his seven innings. No Loon reached third base, extending Markel’s streak to 15.1 innings without allowing a base runner to reach third base. The righty, who tied a career high in innings pitched and with eight strikeouts, also extended his streak of scoreless innings to 16 and one-third, which is the longest streak this season by a Hot Rods pitcher.
Reliever Charlie Cononie locked the win in for Bowling Green, hurling the final two innings to record his first scoreless outing since July 4. Over the last three games, Hot Rods starting pitchers have combined to hurl twenty innings while only surrendering two earned runs during that stretch.