LANSING, Mich (WLMI) The Lansing Lugnuts (19-13, 66-35) offense was stymied by Bowling Green Hot Rods (20-12, 58-44) starter Parker Markel in a 6-3 loss on Thursday night at Cooley Law School Stadium.
With the loss, the Hot Rods remain in first place in the second half Eastern Division standings while the Lugnuts fell to second place.
Markel (Win, 6-5) did not allow a run and gave up just two hits in 6 1/3 scoreless innings. He walked three and struck out four.
Noah Syndergaard (Loss, 7-3) started for the Lugnuts and walked a season-high-tying four batters in five innings. The righty allowed three runs, striking out six and giving up four hits in his first loss since June 8th against Bowling Green.
Jake Hager drove in a pair of runs against Syndergaard. Matt Rice walked three times, scored twice, and drove in an eighth inning tally with a double. Kes Carter, in his first game back from injury, knocked a two-run homer.
The Lugnuts tried to mount a comeback late when Kevin Patterson smacked a two-run triple in the bottom of the eighth to bring the Lugs to within three.
Bowling Green reliever Justin Woodall (Save, 3) left the potential tying run in the on-deck circle, striking out a pair in the ninth inning.
The Lugnuts have lost two of their 13 series at Cooley Law School Stadium this year, both of them at the hands of the Hot Rods.
The finale of the three-game series is on Friday, July 27th at 7:05 p.m. It is Salute to Armed Forces Night and Friday Feast Night with LAFCU Fireworks after the game. Right-hander Anthony DeSclafani (8-3, 3.24) is scheduled to pitch for Lansing, right-hander Jake Floethe (9-1, 3.93) will start for Bowling Green.