The West Michigan Whitecaps offense remained quiet for a second straight day, and Osmy Gregorio’s RBI-single helped the Bowling Green Hot Rods walk off with a 3-2 victory on Sunday afternoon at Bowling Green Ballpark.
The loss ensures the Whitecaps a series defeat for the first time since being swept in a four-game series in Lake County to begin the second half of the season.
Bowling Green struck first in the third inning by taking advantage of a pair of walks by ‘Caps starting pitcher Hugh Smith before a two-out RBI-single by Osmy Gregorio gave the Hot Rods a 1-0 lead. A sacrifice fly by Bowling Green third baseman Ford Proctor extended the lead to 2-0. Meanwhile, 21-year-old righty and Hot Rods pitcher Easton McGee posted the second straight dominant performance by a Bowling Green pitcher, holding the Whitecaps to just two runs in six innings. In the sixth, the Whitecaps scored a run as Rey Rivera crossed the plate on a Hot Rods error before Parker Meadows blasted his second home run in as many days with a 409-foot moonshot over the Bowling Green Ballpark Video Board in right-center field to tie the game at two.
The score remained the same until there were two outs in the ninth when Gregorio bounced a game-winning single into center field to help Bowling Green win the second straight game of the series.
Hot Rods reliever Joel Peguero (2-0) tossed two scoreless innings while striking out three to earn his second win, while Yaya Chentouf (2-5) took his fifth loss of the year out of the bullpen. The Hot Rods improve to a Midwest League second-half best 13-4, with a 52-35 overall record, while the Whitecaps fall to 7-10 in the back half with a 28-58 overall record. Meadows and Rivera each recorded two hits to lead the ‘Caps offense, while Meadows homered for the third time in his last eight games.
The Whitecaps conclude this three-game series against the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Monday afternoon from Bowling Green Ballpark at 1:05 pm. Righty Brad Bass starts for West Michigan against the Hot Rods Caleb Sampen. Broadcast coverage with Dan Hasty begins on the Whitecaps Baseball Network at 12:55 pm. Tickets are available for any Whitecaps 2019 home contest by calling the Whitecaps front office at 616-784-4131 or by visiting www.whitecapsbaseball.com.