Hot Rods Edged in Series Opener With Lugnuts

Bowling Green helps keep playoff hopes alive for Lansing

By Bowling Green Hot Rods | September 1, 2016 11:43 AM ET

Bowling Green, KY - Opening up a series against the Lansing Lugnuts, the Bowling Green Hot Rods trek for a franchise-record in wins was halted on Wednesday night with a 3-1 loss at Cooley Law School Stadium on Monday night.

Fresh off a stretch where they had won nine of their previous ten games, the Hot Rods offense was halted by a collection of pitchers led by all-star LHP Angel Perdomo (W, 5-7).

Despite being taken out of the ballgame in the sixth inning in the middle of an at-bat due to an undisclosed injury, the Futures Game participant struck out seven and gave up one run in 5.2 innings pitched for the win.

Bowling Green was shutout through the final 3.1 innings by Gino Encina and Andrew Case, who blanked the Bowling Green bats in the ninth inning for his ninth save of the season.

Offensively, Lansing scored three runs in the first two innings against Hot Rods starter Genesis Cabrera, sending the Hot Rods ace to his first loss in his last four starts. In falling to 11-5 on the year, Cabrera still tossed a quality start and tied a season and career-high with nine strikeouts.

Lansing got their run in the first inning on a RBI double from outfielder Jake Woodman and the two runs in the third inning on run-scoring singles by Cavan Biggio and Andrew Guillotte.

For the Hot Rods, they were paced offensively by two hits apiece from shortstop Peter Maris, second basemen Brandon Lowe and outfielder David Olmedo-Barrera.

Even in the loss, the Hot Rods held the Lugnuts to three runs or fewer in the fourteenth straight game between the two teams during their season series this year.

With five games left, the Hot Rods are two wins away from tying their franchise-record for most wins in a season (82) set in 2013 and are 4 runs away for tying their season record for runs scored (681) set in 2012.

Bowling Green will continue their trek to team records and a second half division title on Thursday with the second of three games against the Lansing Lugnuts. The Hot Rods will send RHP Jose Mujica to the mound.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm. Each game during the series will be played in eastern time.

You can also listen in to Play-by-Play Broadcaster Alex Cohen for all the games on www.bghotrods.com via the MLB TuneIn Radio Application or on 1340 The Ticket in Southcentral Kentucky.

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