Eastlake, OH - Starting the final stretch of their marathon roadtrip in Ohio, the Bowling Green Hot Rods dropped their series opener to the Lake County Captains by a score of 6-5 on Friday night at Classic Park.
Offensively, Bowling Green got a solo homer from third basemen Adrian Rondon to tie up the game at 1-1 in the second inning.
For Rondon, the homer was his fourth of the year and third against the Captains.
The score stayed that way until the seventh inning, where a RBI groundout from Rondon and a RBI single by outfielder Garrett Whitley put Bowling Green up 3-1.
After Lake County scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning on a two-run homer by Jose Vicente and a sacrifice fly, the Hot Rods were able to retake the lead in the eighth inning. They got a RBI single by infielder Mike Brosseau, who then scored on a balk later in the frame to put Bowling Green up 5-4.
Unfortunately for the Hot Rods, the lead did not hold for long. Lake County got a RBI single from outfielder Jose Medina to tie the game in the eighth and then a walkoff homer by outfielder Todd Issacs in the ninth inning against Hot Rods righty Brian McAfee (L, 0-3) to finish off the win.
The defeat with the Hot Rods sixth in walkoff fashion this year.
With the loss, the Hot Rods dropped back-to-back games for the first time since May 20-21. They are now 0-3 at Classic Park this year.
Overall, the Hot Rods are 9-5 in their last 14 games and have started this franchise-record 13.5 game/14-day roadtrip with six wins in their first ten games.
The Hot Rods will continue a two-week stretch on the road on Saturday with the second game of a 4.5 game series against the Lake County Captains. Bowling Green will send RHP Chris Pike to the mound to make his first start of the year while the Captains will counter highly-touted lefty Juan Hillman.
First pitch is at 7:00 PM eastern time at Classic Park. The next 3.5 games will be played in the eastern time zone.
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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