Bowling Green, KY - Joey Rickard drove in the lone run for the Bowling Green Hot Rods (59-41, 21-11), who began their eight-game road trip with a 5-1 loss to the Great Lakes Loons (48-54, 21-11) on Wednesday night at Dow Diamond. The loss drops the Hot Rods into a first-place tie in the Eastern Division with the Loons. Tommy Coyle and Justin O'Conner both recorded two-hit games for the Hot Rods.
The Loons took the first lead of the game on a Jeremy Rathjen RBI double with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, but the Hot Rods counter-punched right back. Brandon Martin singled with one out in the top of the fifth inning and advanced to third on an errant pickoff throw by Loons starter Tom Windle. With Martin on third base, Rickard smashed a double to the warning track in centerfield to tie the score 1-1.
The Hot Rods settled for just one run in the fifth, and the Loons responded in a big way in the bottom half. A two-out single, followed by back-to-back walks from Blake Snell, loaded the bases for Great Lakes. Then, James Baldwin doubled to deep left field to clear the bases and give the Loons a 4-1 advantage.