Bowling Green Hot Rods pitchers Chris Pike and Kyle Bird combined to one-hit the Lake County Captains in Game 1 of a doubleheader Tuesday, with 1B Casey Gillaspie leading the way offensively for Kentucky’s only Midwest League team.
Gillaspie, younger brother of Chicago White Sox 3B Conor Gillaspie, went 4-for-4 with two doubles, a home run, 4 RBI, and three runs scored in Bowling Green’s 7-0 victory. He is ranked by Baseball America as the Tampa Bay Rays’ No. 11 prospect. RF Justin Williams, Tampa Bay’s No. 14 prospect, doubled in two runs.
Pike earned the win after giving up only one hit and striking out four in five innings. Bird struck out two in his two perfect innings.
Captains SP Jordan Milbrath took the loss after giving up six runs on seven hits and a walk in 4.2 innings. He struck out eight batters.
The Captains rebounded for a 2-1 win in the second game of the doubleheader. Their starting pitcher, Sean Brady, got the win after giving up one run on four hits and a walk while striking out four in six innings. Hot Rods SP Enderson Franco took the loss after giving up two runs on six hits and a walk in five innings. He struck out three batters.