Eastlake, OH - To cap off a franchise-long 13.5 game/14 day roadtrip, the Bowling Green Hot Rods were fell to the Lake County Captains by a score of 5-4 on Tuesday night at Classic Park.
A night after setting a franchise record with 25 hits with 17 runs in just seven innings, the Hot Rods trailed from the first inning on after Captains shortstop Miguel Eladio hit a two-run homer off of Adrian Navas (L, 4-6) to give Lake County the early lead.
Including the suspended game, the homer for Eladio was his fourth in as many days.
After the Hot Rods got a run back in the second inning on a RBI single from outfielder Garrett Whitley, Lake County got a solo homer from outfielder Junior Soto in the third inning and solo blast by designated hitter Li-Jen Chu as part of a two-run fifth inning to take a 5-1 lead.
In the four-game series, Lake County hit ten homeruns against the Hot Rods.
Starting in the sixth inning, the Hot Rods began a comeback with a run-scoring groundout from Jonah Heim to pull Bowling Green to within three runs.
Two innings later, first basemen Nathaniel Lowe launched a two-run homer against Captains righty Ryder Ryan (S, 4) to cut the deficit to one.
Unfortunately, Ryan send down the Hot Rods scoreless in the ninth inning while stranding Lucius Fox on second after he reached on a two-out double to end the game.
For the Captains, lefty Ryan Merritt (W, 1-0) earned the win in his only start with the Captains, going seven innings while giving up two runs on seven hits.
Merritt has pitched with Triple-A Columbus all season and pitched for the Cleveland Indians in the 2016 playoffs, starting Game 5 of the ALCS on the mound against the Toronto Blue Jays.
For the Hot Rods, infielder Mike Brosseau led the way with three hits while outfielder Eleardo Cabrera and third basemen Adrian Rondon each had two hits.
Overall, the Hot Rods finished the franchise-record 13.5 game/14-day roadtrip with seven wins wins, an additional victory of a suspended game and six losses.
The Hot Rods return from a two-week stretch on the road on Tuesday with the opener of a three-game series against the West Michigan Whitecaps.
First pitch is at 6:35 at Bowling Green Ballpark.
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