BOWLING GREEN, Ky. –– The Lake County Captains (28-27, 55-70) went 2-11 with runners in scoring position and they left 12 men on base in a 4-3 loss to the Bowling Green Hot Rods (26-30, 58-67) in 11innings on Monday night. The Hot Rods won the series opener on a bases-loaded wild pitch in the 11th. In the game, both teams combined to leave 25 men on base.
Lake County struck first with a run in the first inning before Bowling Green came to bat. Three of the first five batters reached on two singles and a walk to load the bases. Hot Rods starter Chris Kirsch hit catcher Sicnarf Loopstok with a pitch to score a run.
The Hot Rods tied the game in the third inning against right-handerJordan Milbrath. Second baseman Kean Wong reached on a bunt single with two outs. Wong advanced to third on a single by first baseman Alexander Simon. Designated hitterOscar Hernandez doubled home Wong to erase the lead. The next batter walked to load the bags but Milbrath escaped the jam without any further damage.
In the top of the fifth inning, the Captains regained the lead. Third baseman Paul Hendrix singled and moved to second base on a Kirsch wild pitch. Designated hitter Nellie Rodriguez walked before left fielder Dorssys Paulinosingled home Hendrix from second. Paulino’s 30th RBI marked the end of Kirsch’s night. Bowling Green went to the bullpen with two on and one out to bring in Andrew Hanse. Hanse entered and retired the final two batters.
Kirsch went four and one third innings with two runs allowed. He gave up eight hits, two walks and he hit a batter. He tied a season-high with seven strikeouts. Entering Monday’s game, Kirsch won his last six starts but received a no-decision.
Milbrath got a no-decision as he only pitched four innings. He was charged with one run allowed on five hits. He walked two and fanned three. Luis Dejesus entered for the fifth inning.
Dejesus threw two scoreless innings with one hit and three strikeouts. Robbie Aviles relieved Dejesus in the seventh inning.
Centerfielder Spencer Edwards opened the home half of the seventh with a walk. Third baseman Douglas Duranput down a bunt that he beat out at first base, moving Edwards to second. Shortstop Pat Blair put both runners in scoring position with a sacrifice bunt to third. Wong singled home both runs to give BG the 3-2 lead. Simon followed with a single and a wild pitch with two outs put runners at second and third. Aviles got the next batter to pop out to end the inning.
Lake County could not cash in on a key opportunity in the eighth inning. First baseman Grant Fink walked and got to third on a single by second baseman Claudio Bautista. Right-hander William Gabay relieved Hanse and got the final out via the groundball.
Hanse scattered three hits and two walks across three and one third scoreless innings of relief work. He struck out two batters.
Down to their final three outs, Lake County tied the game in the ninth inning. Hendrix singled for the fourth time and Rodriguez walked for the third time, putting two on and one out. Paulino singled up the middle for his 2nd RBI knock of the night and third hit overall.
Caleb Hamrick took the ball from Aviles to attempt to send the game into extra innings. Aviles allowed two runs on three hits in two innings.
Hamrick walked Wong with one out in the ninth inning. Wong stole second and moved to third on a groundout. Hernandez was hit by a Hamrick fastball with two outs. With runners on the corners, left fielder James Harrisattempted a bunt but he popped out to end the frame.
The Captains had the leading run on first in the tenth inning but the runner was picked off and the Captains did not get another runner on.
The Hot Rods won the game in the eleventh inning with the bases loaded. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases with one out. Hamrick struck out his sixth batter before he uncorked a wild pitch to plate the winning run. Bowling Green won 4-3.
Hamrick took the loss, surrendering the winning run on two hits and two walks in two and two third innings. He fell to 3-9 on the year.
Despite blowing the save, Gabay picked up his second win of the year with one run allowed in three and one third innings.
The Captains had 14 hits in the game. Hendrix led the way with his team-leading third 4-hit game. Paulino had three hits and shortstop Ivan Castillo added three hits.
The Captains and Hot Rods will continue the three game series on Tuesday night in Bowling Green. LHP Anderson Polanco (2-0, 2.06) will start for the visitors against RHP German Marquez (4-5, 3.33) for Bowling Green. First pitch from Bowling Green Ballpark is scheduled for 8:05 p.m.