A rough season for your Fort Wayne TinCaps didn’t get any better over the last few days, as the Bowling Green Hot Rods rolled into town and sped away with a sweep. With a combined 28 runs in only three games, Bowling Green stayed in command of this series from the jump.
TinCaps outfielder Jorge Ona put up a nice showing, racking up four hits, three walks, three runs, and two doubles, but the rest of Fort Wayne’s hitters were hampered by inconsistency and the pitching staff just couldn’t limit the damage enough to give the TinCaps a chance.
GAME 1: Hot Rods 12, TinCaps 9
This game was the one true shootout of the whole series, with both teams tacking on runs in bursts until the top of the seventh, when a fielding error by TinCaps second baseman Eguy Rosario plated the go-ahead run for Bowling Green. That run was charged to reliever Will Headean (1-3), whose six runs in 2 2/3 innings prevented any Fort Wayne hitters from being able to have a real impact.
TinCaps center fielder Jack Suwinski and designated hitter GK Young both homered, and Fort Wayne racked up 11 hits and four walks as a team in the losing effort.
Bowling Green was far more dominant as a squad, however, with an eye-popping ten walks as a team to complement 10 hits. Shortstop Lucius Fox led the way with three hits, three RBI, two runs, and a steal, and reliever Deivy Mendez (1-2) threw two shutout innings to give the Hot Rods their window of opportunity to take the win.
GAME 2: Hot Rods 5, TinCaps 1
Ona’s pair of doubles were essentially the full extent of Fort Wayne’s offense in this one, as Bowling Green starting pitcher Ethan Clark (2-1) tossed six shutout innings and combined with reliever Jayson McKinley to hold the TinCaps to three hits, three walks, and a single run.
Hot Rods first baseman Robbie Tenerowicz homered for the second consecutive game, and outfielders Josh Lowe and Eleardo Cabrera posted multi-hit games as Bowling Green took control early and never relented.
GAME 3: Hot Rods 11, TinCaps 4
Fort Wayne got a two-run homer from third baseman Hudson Potts to start the game, and then another from first baseman Brad Zunica to finish the game. Alas, the pitching staff yielded 11 runs in between, and the Hot Rods took the game in a rout. A rough 2017 season only got more so for TinCaps starter Hansel Rodriguez (1-6), who yielded six runs, five walks, and three hits in only five innings.
Four Hot Rods chipped in multiple RBI, led by a two-run blast from outfielder Jesus Sanchez. Starting pitcher Kenny Rosenberg (2-3) only surrendered two runs in seven innings despite five hits and three walks.
The sweep leaves the TinCaps at 18-36 for the season. They are now 18 1/2 games behind the West Michigan Whitecaps for the Midwest League Eastern Division lead, and have unfortunately taken sole possesion of the league’s worst record away from the Lake County Captains.
Fort Wayne will face a stiff test this weekend, as they head to Dayton for a three-game set with the 34-19 Dragons.