SOUTH BEND, IN - The Bowling Green Hot Rods saw an 8-0 lead evaporate in the span of four and a half innings, as they lost their third straight game, 13-11, to the South Bend Cubs. The Hot Rods had 13 hits, a new season high, but could not get the win, as they fall to 3-3 on the season.
Bowling Green started to rally with two outs in the first inning, as they ended up sending nine hitters to the plate, collecting four runs. LF Moises Gomez highlighted the inning with a two run triple, and the Hot Rods led 4-0 after a half inning.
Cubs starter LHP Brendon Little lasted just two-thirds of an inning, allowing two hits and four runs (all earned), walking two and striking out one.
In the second, the Hot Rods collected their 11th multi-run inning of the season, sending eight batters to the plate, and swelling the lead to 8-0. The inning started with five straight hits, including back to back RBI singles from SS Taylor Walls and DH Brendan McKay .
In the bottom of the second, the Cubs got on the board with back to back doubles, but the Hot Rods responded with another run in the third and it was 9-1.
South Bend started the comeback in earnest in the bottom of the third when they sent eight batters to the plate, led by a two-run home run from 1B Michael Cruz , and it was 9-5 Bowling Green after three.
The Hot Rods added a pair of runs in the fourth on an RBI single from RF Eleardo Cabrera and a Cubs error, but the Cubs responded with two of their own in the bottom of the frame to make it 11-7 Bowling Green.
Things went quiet until the sixth, when the Cubs sent 10 batters to the plate, as they scored six runs. The go-ahead shot came from LF Chris Carrier , who hit a grand slam to left field, and that was the final run of the game, a 13-11 Cubs win.
RHP Jose Disla (0-1, 2.25) took the loss. He allowed just the one hit- the grand slam- in two innings of work, as well as two runs (one earned), striking out three. RHP Elmer Diaz (1-0, 1.80) earned the win for the Cubs, throwing two innings, allowing one hit and striking out one.
The Hot Rods will look to get back above .500 tomorrow night as they turn to RHP Drew Strotman (0-0, 5.79). The Cubs will send RHP Jose Albertos (0-0, 0.00) to the mound. First pitch from Four Winds Field is set for 7:05pm Eastern.
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