Midland, MI - In the rubbermatch of a three-game set at Dow Diamond, the Bowling Green Hot Rods suffered a 11-0 loss to the Great Lakes Loons on Sunday afternoon.
Great Lakes clinched a series victory as starter Dustin May (W, 3-2) tossed seven scoreless innings while righty Sven Schuller finished off the shutout by blanking the Hot Rods through the final two innings.
May gave up just five hits and struck out a career-high seven batters.
The Loons scored all the runs they needed in the first inning as they plated four runs against Hot Rods starter Willy Ortiz (L, 0-1). Great Lakes got a pair of RBI singles by designated hitter Cody Thomas and third basemen O'Neil Cruz and a RBI triple by outfielder Mitchell Hansen during the inning.
Great Lakes scored five runs in the fourth inning and then plated a run in both the fifth and seventh innings for the rest of their runs. They were led by Cruz and shortstop Errol Robinson with four hits each. Thomas also added a two-run homer, finishing his day 3-for-5 with four runs batted in.
Offensively, the Hot Rods tallied six hits by six different players.
With the loss, the Hot Rods gave up their most hits of the season and the eleven-run difference marked their largest margin of defeat this season.
Overall, the Hot Rods are 8-4 in their last 12 games and have won four of the first six games of a franchise-record 13.5 game/14-day roadtrip.
After an off day on Monday, the Hot Rods will continue a two-week stretch on the road on Tuesday with the opener of a three-game series against the South Bend Cubs. RHP Adrian Navas is expected to toe the rubber for Bowling Green while the Cubs will counter with a pitcher that is yet to be determined.
First pitch is at 7:05 PM eastern time at Four Winds Field. The next 7 games will be played in the eastern time zone.
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