Bowling Green, Ky. – Solid line-drives seemed to find fielders in the first four innings for the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Class-A/Tampa Bay Rays), but the offense broke out in the fifth en route to a 7-1 victory on Sunday afternoon over the Fort Wayne TinCaps (San Diego Padres). Ryne Stanek backed up his All-Star nod as he tossed six innings and allowed just one unearned run.
Trailing 1-0, the hits started falling in for the Hot Rods in the fifth. Armando Araiza reached on an error by third baseman Dustin Peterson to start the inning, and he moved up to second when Granden Goetzman singled up the middle.
Ariel Soriano tied the game with a double down the left-field line, and Goetzman ended up at third base on the play. Both Soriano and Goetzman were plated when Ty Young ripped a triple into the right-center field gap. Alexander Simon rounded out the frame’s scoring with a double to left field that advanced Young home. Bowling Green took a 4-1 lead.
The Hot Rods added another run in the fifth. Johnny Field led off with a triple to center field, and he would easily score when Goetzman doubled to the left-center field gap. With the triple, Field has now hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games.
With chances winding down, Bowling Green put the game out of reach in the eighth. Young singled to extend the frame, and Yoel Araujo launched his team-leading ninth home run of the season to right field. The long ball proved to be the finale of the scoring of the 7-1 victory.
Fort Wayne’s lone run came across thanks in part to an error. In the fourth, Peterson reached second base on an error, and would advance home on a single by Jake Bauers.
tanek (3-2) proved masterful once again, as he went six innings and allowed just one unearned run. He fell one short of his season-high with five strikeouts. William Gabay was impressive out of the Hot Rods bullpen, as the right-hander recorded his first save by tossing three scoreless innings in relief of Stanek.
Peyton Baskette (1-3) took the loss for Fort Wayne after allowing five runs on six hits before he was lifted in the sixth.
Bowling Green will go for the series victory on Monday night in the finale of their six-game homestand. It will be Pepsi Buck Monday at the ballpark, meaning hot dogs and Pepsi products will be just one dollar. Jaime Schultz will ascend the mound for the Hot Rods, and gates will open up at 6 p.m. for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch.