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TinCaps split a doubleheader with Hot Rods

BOWLING GREEN, Kent. - The TinCaps split a doubleheader against the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Tampa Bay Rays) at Bowling Green Ballpark on Wednesday night. Fort Wayne came from behind to win the opening game, 4-3, only to see Bowling Green return the favor in the nightcap by the same score. 

Game 1 was a continuation of a contest at Parkview Field in Fort Wayne on May 31 that was suspended due to rain after three innings with the score tied, 1-1. That game was already scheduled to go only seven innings, as it was part of a doubleheader because of a rainout on May 30. 

The Hot Rods (43-22) broke that tie with a run in the fifth and another in the sixth to go up, 3-1. But the TinCaps (29-36) responded in the home sixth. Yes, they were still technically the home team for this one even though they were playing in a road ballpark. 

Right fielder Tirso Ornelas , third baseman Luis Almanzar , and DH Justin Lopez -- all of whom are 18 years old -- strung together three straight singles to load the bases. Two batters later, catcher Juan Fernandez and first baseman Jalen Washington put together back-to-back RBI singles to tie the game, 3-3. Then left fielder Robbie Podorsky chopped a grounder to third base that was misplayed, allowing Lopez to score the go-ahead run. 

Left-hander Travis Radke came on for the seventh to close out his ninth save of the season. 

In Game 2, Bowling Green hit back-to-back solo home runs off Tom Cosgrove in the bottom of the first inning. The lefty settled in after that, though, and turned in a quality start. Cosgrove went six innings and matched his season high for strikeouts with eight. 

Meanwhile, Podorsky provided a two-out RBI single in the top of the second to get the 'Caps on the board. Shortstop Gabriel Arias led off the fourth with a solo blast to left-center field that cleared the wall as it traveled 438 feet and tied the game, 2-2. It was the 18-year-old's first home run in Minor League Baseball. 

Center fielder Jeisson Rosario led off the fifth with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. He scored when second baseman Esteury Ruiz dropped down a bunt single that Hot Rods starter Alex Valverde threw errantly to first base. 

Fort Wayne's 3-2 lead lasted until the bottom of the sixth. Carl Chester tied the game with a two-out hit. Then in the seventh -- the final scheduled inning for a doubleheader game -- with two outs, Taylor Walls lined an opposite-field single to left to bring home Jim Haley, who led the inning off with an infield single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. 

Next Game

Thursday, June 14 @ Bowling Green (7:35 p.m.)

- TinCaps Probable Starter: LHP Osvaldo Hernandez

- Hot Rods Probable Starter: RHP Riley O'Brien

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