The Undercards: Carpenter Sharp, Sale 1 for 2 in Debut as Hot Rods Win 2-0

By Robbie Knopf

A short recap tonight, only covering one of the four games, but at least it was a good one.

Low-A Southern League: Bowling Green Hot Rods 2, Lake County Captains (CLE) 0

Both sides got just 4 hits in this one, but the Hot Rods made theirs count. Ryan Carpenter pitched very well for the Hot Rods, going 6 shutout innings allowing just 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 3. He also is reportedly throwing a cutter now. He’s a guy that deserves a write-up and look for that over the next few days. Carpenter got staked to a 1-0 lead in the 3rd. Josh Sale, playing in his first game at the Low-A level after struggling at Rookie ball in 2011, drew a walk and later advanced to second on a groundball and scored on a Ryan Brett RBI single. The Hot Rods added a second run in the 7th when Taylor Motter singled with 2 outs and nobody on, stole second base, and scored on Cameron Seitzer‘s RBI single. The Hot Rods went 2 for 5 (that’s .400, folks) with runners in scoring position. Jason McEachern and Charlie Cononie pitched the final three innings for the Hot Rods, allowing 1 combined hit, as they came away with a 2-0 win. The Hot Rods got four hits from four different players and all four of those players were involved in the two Bowling Green runs. Sale went 1 for 2 with a walk and a run scored while Brett and Motter both went 1 for 3 with a stolen base, with Motter scoring a run and Brett driving one in, and Seitzer went 1 for 3 with his RBI single. The Hot Rods improved to 16-13 on the season with the win.