A banner night for Ryan Wiegand helped the Bowling Green Hot Rods hand the Clinton LumberKings a 7-2 loss in the first meeting between the two clubs Tuesday night at Bowling Green Ballpark.
Bowling Green, an affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, joined the Midwest League this season after playing previously in the South Atlantic League.
Wiegand went 2-for-4 with a two-run blast off the base of the scoreboard in right-center in the first inning and a three-run clout off the top of the scoreboard in the fourth. Ty Morrison added an RBI double in the second inning, and Gabe Cohen also lifted a sacrifice fly to center in the third as the Hot Rods scored in each of the first four innings.
Right-hander Taylor Lewis (3-1) surrendered all seven runs as earned on 11 hits. He stepped in for scheduled starter Tyler Blandford, who was a late scratch after suffering an undisclosed injury during his warmup tosses.
On offense, the LumberKings struggled mightily against left-hander Kyle Lobstein. The 2008 second-round pick of the Rays did not allow a hit over the first six innings. Vinnie Catricala ended the no-hitter when he doubled down the left-field line and scored on a double by James Jones in the seventh.
Lobstein (2-3) finished with a run on two hits and five strikeouts over six-plus innings. Right-hander Deivis Mavarez worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh and a two-on, no-out jam in the ninth. He allowed a run on three hits for the three-inning save.
Jones lifted a solo home run to right-center field in the ninth inning to finish 2-for-4 with two RBIs. No other Clinton batter had more than one hit. Right-hander Daniel Cooper turned in 21⁄3 scoreless innings of relief for the Kings.
The loss was just the fourth in the past 18 games for Clinton, which remained 11⁄2 games behind Quad Cities for second place in the West Division but fell 41⁄2 games behind division leader Cedar Rapids.
Morrison led all hitters with a 3-for-4 game for the Hot Rods, including an RBI and a run scored. Bowling Green has won three straight.
The LumberKings (30-23) continue the series with the Hot Rods (21-30) at 7:05 tonight. Left-hander Jon Hesketh (2-4, 5.80 ERA) makes his 10th start of the season for Clinton.