Hot Rods Lose Heartbreaker to Dragons in Series Opener

Tie game broken with two outs in the ninth inning

By Bowling Green Hot Rods Media Relations / Bowling Green Hot Rods | May 18, 2017 10:08 PM ET

 

Dayton, OH -Starting off the second stretch of a week away from Southcentral Kentucky, the Bowling Green Hot Rods lost another close game as they were edged out by a score of 5-4 against the Dayton Dragons on Thursday night at Fifth Third Field.

 

 

In front of a sold out crowd of 8,332 fans, the Dragons got off to an early lead in the first inning with a RBI triple by designated hitter Jose Siri and a RBI single from catcher Tyler Stephenson to go up 2-0.

With those two runs, the Hot Rods have now been outscored by a 30-13 margin in the first inning this season.

Two innings later, a RBI single from third basemen John Sansone and a RBI double by second basemen Brantley Bell to double their lead at 4-0 while chasing Hot Rods starter Adrian Navas from the game.

It was the second start in a row for Navas of three or fewer innings.

To relieve Navas as the pitcher of record, the Hot Rods put together their best offensive charge in the top of the fourth inning. Against Dragons starter Andrew Jordan, the Hot Rods got a pair of two-run homers from first basemen Robbie Tenerowicz and third basemen Adrian Rondon to tie up the game.

The homer for Rondon was his first of the season, while Tenerowicz homered for his second straight game.

With the game still tied up at 4-4 in the bottom of the ninth, Dayton put together a final rally against Hot Rods reliever Elias Torres (L, 1-2). Following a leadoff single by Sansone, a wild pitch from Torres and groundout by Bell put the potential game-winning run just 90 feet away.

After Torres struck out infielder Luis Gonzalez, an infield single by outfielder Michael Beltre scored Sansone to give the Dragons the walkoff win.

For the Hot Rods, they are now just 2-7 in one run games.

Offensively, the Hot Rods got two hits from Tenerowicz and outfielder Joshua Lowe.

On the pitching side, the Hot Rods got the five innings of scoreless relief from righty Peter Bayer . He did not give up a hit and allowed just one baserunner.

The Hot Rods will continue their week on the road on Friday with game two of a four-game series against the Dayton Dragons. Bowling Green will send RHP Ethan Clark to the mound while the Dragons will counter with RHP Tony Santillan.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. eastern time.

You can also listen in to Play-by-Play Broadcaster Alex Cohen for all the games on www.williecountry.com (Click on BG Listen Live) or on AM 1340 and 97.1 Willie in Southcentral Kentucky.

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