Mother Nature poured on the Great Lakes-Bowling Green game Wednesday night, causing suspension of the playoff opener in the bottom of the 4th inning. The game was precipitation-free when it resumed Thursday afternoon, but the Loons poured offense on the Hot Rods as they cruised to an easy 15-1 win.
When the game resumed Thursday, the Loons already led 3-0 after scoring thrice in the bottom of the 3rd inning Wednesday. They added five runs in the 5th, five runs in the 6th, and two runs in the 8th. The Hot Rods scored their lone run in the top of the 7th inning.
The Great Lakes offense racked up 20 hits, led by Gage Green’s 4-for-4 performance. Jake Henson went 3-for-5 with three doubles and four RBI. Saige Jenco and Omar Estevez each also had three hits for the Loons. Logan Landon, Brendon Davis and Darien Tubbs each had two hits. All nine players in the Loons lineup scored at least once, only one didn’t get a hit (but he walked twice), and only two didn’t collect at least one RBI.
The victory gave Great Lakes a 1-0 advantage in the best-of-three series. Game 2 will be played at Bowling Green Ballpark on Friday.
You can read about the results of the other three series-opening games in the Midwest League playoffs here. Game 2 of each of those series will be played Thursday night.