On a record setting night the Fort Wayne TinCaps lost to the Bowling Green Hot Rods 5-2 on Thursday at Parkview Field. With two home runs, Fort Wayne established a single-season franchise record of 103 for the season. The previous mark of 102 was set in 2014.
It didn't take long for the TinCaps to tie and establish the record Thursday. In the bottom of the second inning Tyler Selesky and Buddy Reed hit back-to-back solo homers to give Fort Wayne a 2-0 lead. It was Selesky's first home run of the year and the fourth for Reed.
The lead held through seven innings as TinCaps pitchers Reggie Lawson, Dalton Erb and Jim McDade blanked the Hot Rods. Lawson started on the mound and allowed three hits in five innings while striking out seven. Erb took over for Lawson in the sixth and allowed one hit in a scoreless inning.
McDade didn't allow a baserunner in the seventh with two strikeouts. He ran into trouble in the eighth however. A throwing error by shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. allowed the leadoff man of the inning, Adrian Rondon, reach first base safely. After Miles Mastrobuoni flied out, Bowling Green hit four consecutive singles and took a 3-2 lead. After another flyout, Rene Pinto hit a two-run double to make it 5-2. Hansel Rodriguez replaced McDade at that point and got Bobby Melley to line out to end the inning.
Fort Wayne threatened in the bottom of the eighth as Jorge Ona led off with a single and Hudson Potts hit a one-out single to put runners at second and third. A wild pitch advanced Ona to third. Selesky and Reed struck out to end the threat.
Reimin Ramos, who pitched three innings of scoreless ball in relief, got the TinCaps out in order in the ninth to end the game.
Potts had three of Fort Wayne's nine hits. Other hits were by Reinaldo Ilarraza, Ona, G.K. Young, Selesky, Reed and Jack Suwinski.
The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the TinCaps.
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