The Game: The Bowling Green Hot Rods lost to the Dayton Dragons 6-2 on Friday night at Fifth Third Field.
Dayton jumped out to a lead in the second inning. Kevin Coddington reached on an error to lead off the inning. Mark Fleury was then hit by a pitch. Both runners advanced on a sac bunt by Frank Pfister. Alex Oliveras drove home the first run with a ground ball to third. Efrain Contreras then singled to right to score Fleury. Didi Gregorius then drove home Oliveras to give the Dragons a 3-0 lead.
The Dragons added another run in the fourth inning. Mark Fleury doubled to center to lead off. Fleury advanced to third on a single by Frank Pfister. Efrain Contreras drove home the run with a sac fly to give the Dragons a 4-0 lead.
The Hot Rods reached the scoreboard in the fifth inning. Ty Morrison was hit by a pitch to lead off. Morrison then stole second and later advanced to third on a fly ball by Diogenes Luis. Dustin Biell drove home the run with a sac fly to score Morrison. The Hot Rods put more runners on base thanks to control problems by the Dayton pitchers. Chris Murrill and Brett Nommensen were both hit by a pitch and Ryan Wiegand drew a walk to load the bases. Murrill then scored on a wild pitch to cut the lead in half 4-2.
The Dragons increased their lead in the eighth. Chris Richburg opened the inning with a walk. Kevin Coddington followed with a single to center. Frank Pfister then drew an intentional walk to load the bases. Alex Oliveras then collected a bases loaded walk to score Richburg. Coddington would then score on sac fly by Efrain Contreras to win the game 6-2.
Shane Dyer suffered the loss, pitching 6 innings and allowing 4 runs on 8 hits with 2 strikeouts. Jake Sullivan followed with 1 1/3 innings and giving up 2 runs on 1 hit with 5 walks. Matt Stabelfeld pitched a no hit 2/3 of an inning to close the game.
Hot Rods Player of the Game: Brett Nommensen; 2 for 4 with 2 doubles.
RP Top Prospect Watch:
Ty Morrison; 1 for 3 with a run scored.
A Look Ahead: The Hot Rods (5-17) will take on the Dragons (11-11) again on Saturday night. Jason McEachern will be making the start (0-3, 5.79) against Brian Pearl (1-1, 4.74).