Second baseman Mattingly Romanin went 2-for-3 with two doubles in the losing cause for the Lugnuts. (Tyler Marcotte)
By Jesse Goldberg-Strassler / Lansing Lugnuts | August 3, 2017 11:37 PM ET
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - In the bottom of the fourth inning, the first eight Bowling Green Hot Rods (24-16, 55-52) batters all reached base and scored, leading to a 10-2 victory over the Lansing Lugnuts (16-24, 53-53) on Thursday night at Bowling Green Ballpark.
The rally spoiled the return of Justin Maese(Loss, 5-3) in his first Lugnuts start since May 29th. The Midwest League All-Star gave up eight runs on eight hits, departing after facing the first seven batters of the fourth.
Bowling Green starter Kenny Rosenberg(Win, 5-6) struck out nine batters in seven innings while limiting the Nuts to three hits, one walk and one unearned run - an RBI single by Joshua Palaciosin the third inning that briefly tied the game at 1-1.
The Lugnuts scored their second run in the eighth against reliever Deivy Mendez, loading the bases on a Mattingly Romanindouble and two walks ahead of an Edward OlivaresRBI fielder's choice.
Romanin led the Lugs' offense, going 2-for-3 with two doubles. Palacios added a 1-for-2, two-walk night.
The teams have split the first two games of the series, setting up a rubber match on Friday at 7:35 p.m., with Lansing right-hander Kyle Weatherly(0-2, 7.35) dueling with Hot Rods knuckleballer Chris Pike (2-3, 4.17).
Gear up for the next Nuts homestand, stretching from Thursday, August 10, through Sunday, August 13, and beginning with a Labatt Thirsty Thursday featuring $2 beers/sodas and half off craft beers! Tickets may be purchased at the Cooley Law School Stadium box office, by calling (517) 485-4500 or via lansinglugnuts.com.
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