Two errors in the second inning hurt the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Class-A/Tampa Bay Rays) and the Fort Wayne TinCaps (San Diego Padres) took advantage and rolled to a 6-3 victory on Sunday evening. It was the opener of three-game series, and a six-game road trip for the Hot Rods.
The second inning did not get off to a good start for Bowling Green, as first baseman Alexander Simon was unable to field a throw from shortstop Willy Adames, and it allowed Jake Bauers to reach. Dustin Peterson then reached on an infield single, and Ryan Miller put the TinCaps on the board with a single to plate Bauers. John Nester then hit a dribbler up the third-base line, and the ball was thrown into center field. As a result, Peterson scored and Miller moved to third. He would score when Nick Schulz capped the inning with a single.
A double by Peterson added another run for Fort Wayne in the third. With Bauers aboard at first base, Peterson split the gap in left-center field to send him home Bowling Green cut the deficit in half in the fifth. With one out, Spencer Edwards singled up the middle to kick-start the rally. Willy Adames then tripled to center field, plating Edwards and putting the Hot Rods on the board. The inning was later capped when Simon grounded out to advance Adames home, and the lead was trimmed.
The Hot Rods will need to put Sunday night behind them as they continue to chase the final playoff spot in the Midwest League. They’ll be back in action at Fort Wayne on Monday night at 06:05 PM