The TinCaps got a home run from Fernando Perez but little else went right Monday night during their 6-2 loss to Bowling Green at Parkview Field.
On an overcast evening with a sparse crowd, a 1-all tie was broken in the top of the sixth when the TinCaps’ pitching and defense failed miserably.
Three consecutive singles loaded the bases with no outs. Kyle Lloyd then gave up a two-run base hit up the middle to Alexander Simon, and two more runs scored on the play. The relay came in to Perez at third, and he tried to cut down Simon, who was advancing to second on the relay. But Perez airmailed it, allowing one run to score, and then Simon came around when the ball somehow scooted under the glove of Franmil Reyes in right field.
Bowling Green scored on a wild pitch by Lloyd in the first and added an insurance run on Oscar Hernandez’s sacrifice fly in the eighth.
The TinCaps put their first two batters on base in the ninth but only came away with Perez’s sacrifice fly.
The TinCaps (57-75, 27-36 second half) lost ground to the Hot Rods (60-71, 28-34) in the Midwest League’s Eastern Division playoff race. The rubber game of this three-game series is Tuesday, and the teams meet in Kentucky for three games over the weekend to close the regular season.