PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Whitecaps pitcher Adam Wolf held the defending Midwest League Champion Bowling Green Hot Rods to just one hit through six innings, but it wasn’t enough to avoid the Whitecaps’ sixth loss in seven games.
Overall, Wolf gave up two runs on four hits and struck out seven batters before the seventh inning. Nonetheless, his record dropped to 2-5 so far this season.
Once again, the Whitecaps struggled at the plate. West Michigan got on the board in the first inning when Jake Palomaki threw an error that allowed Johnny Valente to score.
But the Hot Rods answered with the next three runs. Bowling Green got two of those in the seventh inning on an RBI double by Palomaki and an RBI single by Beau Brundage to seal the deal.
Down 3-1, the Whitecaps pulled to within one point with Ulrich Bojarski’s sacrificial fly ball in the eighth inning. But that was as close as they would get.
The Hot Rods won the game 3-2 and now lead the series 2-1, with the finale set for 11 a.m. Thursday at Fifth Third Ballpark.
:::Watch video highlights above, including when Daniel Reyes nearly hit manager Lance Parrish twice after losing the handle on his bat while swinging at the plate.:::