FORT WAYNE, IN --- In the opener of a potential preview for a first-round playoff series at Parkview Field, the Bowling Green Hot Rods shocked the Fort Wayne TinCaps with five runs in the eighth inning en route to a 5-2 victory on Thursday night.
Down 2-0 while being shutout through seven frames, the Hot Rods caught a break in the top of the eighth inning as third basemen Adrian Rondon reached base on an error from TinCaps shorstop Fernando Tatis Jr. to begin the threat.
Following a single from outfielder Emilio Gustave , the Hot Rods got back-to-back RBI singles from shorstop Luis Rengifo along with outfielders Joshua Lowe and Garrett Whitley to score first, tie the game and then go ahead in the span of three at-bats. Catcher Rene Pinto then capped off the rally with a two-run double to score Lowe and Whitley and put the Hot Rods up by a score of 5-2.
Offensively, Rengifo paced the Hot Rods with three hits, his second straight multi-hit games to start his career with the Rays organization. The 20-year-old shortshop was traded from the Mariners on Monday and added to the Bowling Green roster later that day. He is 5-for-9 at the plate in two games in Hot Rods uniform.
On the pitching side, righty Reimin Ramos (W, 4-2) got the win in relief by tossing three scoreless frames to end the game. Ramos gave up just two hits and just as many baserunners with five strikeouts.
In addition to Ramos, the Hot Rods got a gutsy outing from starter Kenny Rosenberg , who gave up just two runs in six innings for a quality start while battling flu-like symptoms.
His only blemish of the evening was giving up back-to-back solo homers to outfielders Tyler Selesky and Buddy Reed with two outs in the second inning. It is just the second time a team has hit back-to-back homers against the Hot Rods this year.
With the win, the Hot Rods snapped the TinCaps five-game win streak. It was also the Hot Rods first win in a game where they trailed after the seventh inning. They were 0-41 in games like that coming into the night.
Overall, Bowling Green has won 11 of their last 13 games.
Bowling Green will try to continue their winning ways on Friday with the second of four games at Parkview Field.
The Hot Rods will send RHP Chris Pike to the mound while the TinCaps will counter with righty Lake Bachar.
First pitch is at 7:05 PM. All games this series will be played in the eastern time zone.
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