The Great Lakes Loons fell short of a series sweep after dropping the final game of a 3-game series with an 11-2 blowout loss to the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Tampa Bay Rays) at Dow Diamond tonight.
Loons starter A.J. Alexy gave up back to back singles in the top of the second inning, putting runners at the corners before a pair of wild pitches allowed 2-runs to score for a 2-0 Bowling Green lead with 2-outs.
Alexy was replaced by struggling reliever Ryan Moseley after an intentional walk to load the bases for a possible force out, he would however, be on the hook for the remaining runners on base, as Moseley instantly gave up an RBI-single to the first batter he faced, extending the Hot Rods' lead to 3-0 midway through the second inning.
Alexy (3.67 ERA) was charged with 3-runs on 2-hits and 3-walks, while striking out 3-batters through 1 2/3 innings.
Bowling Green increased its lead to 7-0 with four more runs in the top half of the fourth as Moseley was replaced by reliever Wills Montgomerie.
Moseley (7.58 ERA) would give up 4-runs on 3-hits and 2-walks, while striking out 3-batters through 1 2/3 innings, while Montgomerie allowed 1-hit and 2-walks through 1/3 of an inning.
The Loons managed to finally get on the board when DH Carlos Rincon reached on a fielding error with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning when right fielder Cody Thomas drove him in with an RBI-triple to make it a 7-1 game.
The Loons got another run when second baseman Brandon Montgomery drove in left fielder Zach Reks with an RBI-single to make it a 7-2 game in the bottom of the fifth inning.
The Hot Rods added two more runs in the top of the sixth, and another 2-runs in the top of the eighth inning, all charged to reliever Vinny Santarsiero as Bowling Green exploded for an 11-2 lead.
Santarsiero gave up 4-runs on 4-hits and 2-walks, while striking out 4-batters through 4 1/3 innings of relief.
Montgomery, normally a position player, came in to close out the game on the bump for the Loons and hit mid-90's on the gun, while putting up zeroes across the board with 2-strikeouts in the ninth.
Reks finished 2 for 4 to lead the Loons offensively, while Montgomery and Thomas were each 1 for 3 respectively. Gavin Lux was 1 for 4 to round out the Loons' offense.
The Loons will now head out for a 7-day road trip starting with a four game series against the Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto Blue Jays) Sat-Tue, followed by a 3-game series against the Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati Reds) Wed-Fri before returning home next Saturday.