First pitch: 6:05 pm. Wednesday doubleheader
Probable pitchers: Joe Ross for Fort Wayne and Jordan John for West Michigan
Radio: ESPN, 1380-AM
If pitching is the most valuable asset that a baseball club can bring to the diamond, Fort Wayne showed Sunday that it can be overrated at times.
TinCap starter Max Fried threw six quality innings and teammate Ruben Mejia chipped in a couple of innings in perfect relief at Bowling Green. However, the Hot Rods came away with a 2-1 victory in Midwest League action.
It was Fort Wayne's 10th defeat in 14 outings against Bowling Green this season.
Fried (6-6) retired the first two batters he faced in the bottom of the third inning, but that's when trouble arose.
Bowling Green's Brandon Martin singled and then advanced to second base on an errant pickoff throw by Fried. Joey Rickard doubled to bring Martin home for the game's first run, and Leonardo Reginatto followed with an RBI single to put Bowling Green (39-24 second half, 77-54) ahead 2-0.
Fort Wayne (25-37, 68-63) scored its only run against Kevin Brandt (2-0) in the top of the sixth inning.
Alberth Martinez and Reynaldo Bruguera began the inning with consecutive singles, but after Hunter Renfroe sacrificed the runners to second and third base, respectively, Gabriel Quintana walked to load the bases.
Diego Goris hit a sacrifice fly to center field which scored Martinez and cut the TinCaps' deficit to 2-1. The Fort Wayne rally was halted as Luis Domoromo struck out to end the inning.
The final nine Fort Wayne batters were retired in order.
The TinCaps were cold offensively Saturday, as well, as they lost 7-0. On Sunday the frustrations at the plate continued.
Fort Wayne was hitless (0 for 4) with runners in scoring position (it is 0 for 10 for the series) and also left five runners on base.
While Fried allowed five hits and only one walk with four strikeouts, Brandt was even better.
The left-hander lasted seven innings, scattering six hits and one walk, while also striking out six TinCaps.
Andrew Hanse and Marcus Jensen each pitched a perfect frame of relief to secure the victory.