Fort Wayne, IN – On a beautiful Sunday afternoon for baseball at Parkview Field, the Bowling Green (26-16, 64-48) Hot Rods split two games with the home team Fort Wayne TinCaps (25-17, 56-56). In suspended action from Saturday night, the TinCaps took down the Hot Rods 7-2 in the initial contest on Sunday. However, the Hot Rods used an offensive outburst and a quality start from Parker Markel to win the second game 7-4.
After play was stopped on Saturday night with the TinCaps in the lead 2-0, the two teams resumed action on Sunday at 3:05 PM EDT with a 1-2 count on Tyler Goeddel with two outs and runners at first and second base. James Needy immediately quelled the threat by striking out Goeddel to keep the Hot Rods off the scoreboard.
The TinCaps offense then exploded to add five more runs to their lead over the next three innings. The only offense the Hot Rods mustered came in the top of the sixth inning. With two outs in the frame, Drew Vettleson lined a home run into the seats in right field to place the Hot Rods on the scoreboard. Alejandro Segovia then reached on an infield hit and stole second base. Cameron Seitzer followed that up with a single into centerfield to cut the deficit to five runs.
That was all of the offense in game one for the Hot Rods, though. Despite Charlie Cononie providing four solid innings of relief, the Bowling Green bats were quiet for the rest of the game as the TinCaps held on for the 7-2 win.
After RBI-singles from Cameron Seitzer and Jake Hager gave the Hot Rods a 2-0 lead early in the second contest, the Hot Rods broke the game wide open with a five-run top of the third inning. With the bases loaded, Taylor Motter drove in a run with a single to left field. Goeddel then tucked a ball down the line at third base that got hung up in the Hot Rods bullpen in left field. The play resulted in a three-run triple for Goeddel, who was then driven in by Hager’s second RBI-single of the contest.
The five-run third inning was more than enough for Hot Rods starter Parker Markel, who allowed just two earned runs in six, solid innings to earn his third straight quality start. The righty did have his 21.1 scoreless inning streak come to an end on an RBI-double by Kyle Gaedele in the sixth. Markel has not lost since June 28 and is 6-0 during that stretch with just one no decision.
The third game of the four-game series will take place at Parkview Field on Monday night at 6:05 PM CDT. The Hot Rods will give the start to RHP Jake Floethe (9-3, 3.24), while the TinCaps will counter with LHP Frank Garces (8-4, 2.41). Tune in to the game on the flagship station for the Hot Rods Radio Network, WBGN-AM 1340 “The Ticket,” and online at 1340wbgn.com. The Forever Communications Pregame Show with Hank Fuerst begins at 5:45 PM CDT.
The Hot Rods return home on Wednesday to begin a three-game series and homestand with the South Bend Silver Hawks (Future D-Backs). To see the Hot Rods in action at Bowling Green Ballpark, visit BGHotROds.com or call (270)-901-2121 for ticket information.