The Game: The Bowling Green Hot Rods picked up their first victory of 2010 by defeating the Fort Wayne Tin Caps 5-1 on Saturday at Park View Field. With the victory, the Hot Rods avoided the series sweep.
Fort Wayne broke the scoreless tie in teh third inning. Wande Olabisi doubled to right to lead off the inning. Jeudy Valdez singled to left to move Olabisi to third. Then Jonathan Galvis drove home the run with a single to center to give the Tin Caps a 1-0 lead.
The Hot Rods tied the game in the fourth inning. Brett Nommensen singled to third to lead off. Nommensen moved into scoring position by stealing second. Mayobanex Acosta then singled to drive home Nommensen and tie the game 1-1.
The game remained tied until the eighth inning when Bowling Green struck for 3 runs. Chris Murrill singled to center then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Kyle Spraker drew a walk. Both runners advanced on a passed ball. Brett Nommensen then drew a walk to load the bases. Ryan Wiegand drew bases loaded walk that scored Murrill. Julio Cedeno drove home a run with a sac fly to score Spraker. Then it was Mayobanex Acosta's double to score Nommensen and give the Hot Rods a 4-1 lead.
The Hot Rods pushed across one more run in the ninth inning. Diogenes Luis singled to lead off the inning. Luis then stole second base to move into scoring position. Brett Nommensen drove him home with an RBI triple to give the Hot Rods a 5-1 victory.
Shane Dyer pitched 5 innings and allowed 1 run on 6 hits with 1 strikeout. Matt Stabelfeld was the winning pitcher, throwing 2 shut-out innings allowing 3 hits. Scott Shuman earned the save by pitching 2 innings and allowing 1 hit with 2 strikeouts and 2 walks.
Hot Rods Player of the Game: Brett Nommensen: 3 for 4 with a triple, 2 runs scored, walk and a stolen base.
RP Top Prospect Watch: n/a
A Look Ahead: The Hot Rods (1-2) head home to Bowling Green Park for the 2010 home opener on Sunday against the Dayton Dragons (3-0). Wilking Rodriguez will get the ball for Bowling Green against JC Sulbaran for Dayton.