Bowling Green Hot Rods LHP Resly Linares threw seven no-hit innings in the first game of a doubleheader against the West Michigan Whitecaps on Wednesday, but his team lost the contest 2-1.
Minor-league doubleheaders consist of two seven-inning games. Linares would have pitched a no-hitter if the Hot Rods scored during the first seven innings; neither team scored until the eighth inning, and RHP Nicholas Padilla pitched that frame for the Hot Rods. Linares — who allowed only two baserunners, on a hit batter in the 3rd and an error in the 7th — still had a chance to get the win, however, as the Hot Rods scored a run in the top of the 8th before Padilla took the mound. But the Whitecaps scored twice in the bottom of the 8th inning to win the game, with Joey Morgan providing the walk-off hit.
Each team started its half of the 8th inning with a runner on second base, per Minor League Baseball’s new pace-of-play rules announced in March.
The Hot Rods liked the final result of the second game better, as Bowling Green beat West Michigan 6-2 in seven innings. Seven of the nine batters in BG’s starting lineup got at least one hit, with Taylor Walls’ three knocks leading the way. Zacrey Law had two hits, including a two-run homer, for the Hot Rods.
In other Midwest League action Wednesday:
The Fort Wayne TinCaps beat the Great Lakes Loons 7-2. TinCaps LHP Aaron Leasher got the win after striking out seven while scattering two hits and two walks in six scoreless innings. Luis Campusano had two hits and three RBI for the TinCaps.
The Dayton Dragons beat the South Bend Cubs 4-1. Dayton’s John Sansone and South Bend’s Chris Singleton homered. RHP Hunter Greene started the game for the Dragons, but did not return to the mound after a lengthy rain delay that interrupted the 3rd inning. Greene struck out three, gave up three hits and a walk, and hit a batter in 2.1 scoreless innings.
The Lansing Lugnuts beat the Lake County Captains 7-2. Lugnuts first baseman Kacy Clemens went 2-for-2 with a triple, two walks, three RBI and a stolen base.
The Kane County Cougars beat the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 13-2 thanks to a 12-run outburst in the first five innings. KC’s Luis Silverio went 3-for-5 with a triple, four RBI, and a stolen base. Eudy Ramos drove in three runs for the Cougars, and teammate Jazz Chisholm walked three times and stole two bases.