Captains offense shut down by Hot Rods in 4-0 loss
Starter Jake Floethe (4-1, 3.72) allowed only one hit in six innings. Three batters were walked and three fell victim to strikeouts.
The Hot Rods took advantage of two errors to take the early 1-0 lead. Second baseman Ryan Brett singled to lead off the game. Starter Felix Sterling (1-1, 3.03) attempted to pick off Brett but threw the ball away. Brett advanced to second and moved to third on a groundout. A hit batter and a walk loaded the bases with one out. Sterling could not field a grounder off the bat of centerfielder Todd Glaesmann and Brett scored on the play to make it 1-0.
Sterling pitched 5.1 innings, giving up one run (unearned) on only three hits. He walked one and struck out five, but his two errors hurt himself early.
Bowling Green added to their lead with three runs in the seventh inning off of reliever Francisco Valera. Designated hitter Taylor Motter hit his second homerun of the year to lead off the inning. Left fielder Joshua Sale doubled to center field and then stole second as third baseman Tyler Goeddel walked who then stole second base. Right fielder Drew Vettleson lined a two run double into right field to score Sale and Goeddel.
Valera allowed three runs on three hits in 1.2 innings. He struck out one and walked one.
Xavier de Los Santos retired the only batter he faced in his first appearance since being activated from the disabled list, but left the game with a suspected injury. Jeff Johnson came in and struck out one of the two batters he faced.
Andrew Bellatti pitched three shutout innings, only allowing one hit and one walk. He struck out four batters.
Right fielder Jordan Smith and catcher Alex Monsalve each had one hit apiece.
First pitch is scheduled for 11:35am on Tuesday. Lake County will send LHP Elvis Araujo (0-4, 2.61) to the hill against LHP Felipe Rivero (2-2, 1.45) for the Hot Rods.
Tyler, a sports management student at Lake Erie College, can be found on Twitter @tstotsky63.