After winning seven-of-eight games to open a homestand, manager Johnny Rodriguez expected more than he got in Monday's finale from the Quad-Cities River Bandits.
"No offense, none," Rodriguez said after Bowling Green blanked Quad-Cities 6-0, the first time in 33 games since June 9 that the River Bandits had been shut out in a Midwest League game.
"It's been awhile since we've had one like this. I hope it's awhile before we have one again."
Hot Rods pitcher C.J. Riefenhauser retired the first 13 batters he faced before Victor Sanchez reached on a one-out single that was knocked down by shortstop Derek Dietrich.
In a game that was 1-0 at the time, Sanchez was caught stealing and Riefenhauser completed his five-inning start with a strikeout.
The left-hander struck out five as he improved 6-5 with the one-hit effort. He did not walk a batter as he faced the minimum against a Quad-Cities team that entered the game hitting .324 over its past five games.
It was the ease in which Riefenhauser worked under the 89-degree heat in the midday matinee at Modern Woodmen Park that raised the ire of Rodriguez.
"Six of the first eight guys he pitched to he opened with a four-seam fastball. You would think the second time through the order that we might have adjusted, but we didn't," Rodriguez said. "We did not have plan. We did not adjust. We had a bad approach."
River Bandits starter Anthony Ferrara surrendered eight hits in six innings, stranding runners in scoring position before a Steve Tinoco single with one out in the fourth scored Robi Estrada to give the Hot Rods the only run they needed.
"Ferrara battled. He gave us a chance," Rodriguez said. "It was a 1-0 game after five, but we didn't give him anything to work with. We didn't use the middle of the field at all. I saw a lot of lazy fly balls," Rodriguez said.
Riefenhauser teamed with Nate Garcia and Chris Rearick to complete the four-hit shutout, striking out 11 batters and not issuing a single walk.
"Forget the heat. Forget everything else," Rodriguez said. "If you don't have a plan when you step into the box, you aren't going to have success."
Bowling Green 6, Quad-Cities 0
SILENCED: It has been more than a month since the River Bandits were last held without a run, but Quad-Cities now has been shut out in nine of its 39 losses.
Most came early in the season before roster adjustments added some strength to the team's offensive potential. The River Bandits were shut out five times in April, including in five straight losses during a 6-9 start to the season.
HALF OF THE HITS: Kolten Wong recorded two of the River Bandits' four hits Monday.
He doubled to open the bottom of the seventh inning, but was stranded on third base and reached on a one-out single in the ninth.
Victor Sanchez and Luis Mateo, in his first game back with Quad-Cities, had the team's other two hits.
QUOTEBOOK: "Wong was the only guy I saw who had a good at-bat. His last at-bat was like an eight-pitch at-bat, and that was the approach we needed to see more of in this game. We made it too easy.'' - River Bandits manager Johnny Rodriguez
BY THE BUNCH: Bowling Green pounded 13 hits off of a collection of three River Bandits pitchers.
Seven of the Hot Rods' hits were doubles, including three by Robby Price and a pair by Robi Estrada, who drove in Bowling Green's first run with a two-base hit in the fifth inning.
The Hot Rods' leadoff hitter reached base in six innings, including four times during the six innings that Quad-Cities starter Anthony Ferrara was on the mound.
Price's three doubles were one shy of the league record for a single game.
REAL EARLY EXIT: Hot Rods manager Brady Williams stayed in the heat just 3 minutes Monday, ejected by home plate umpire A.J. Rogers three batters into the game.
Derek Dietrich was grazed by a pitch, but was ordered back to the batter's box after Rogers ruled that Dietrich made no attempt to get out of the way.
Williams raced to plate, went bill-to-bill with Rogers and earned a quick exit. Williams covered home plate with dirt before leaving the diamond.
HIGHWAY DAY: Today is a league-wide off day in the Midwest League, and on Wednesday, all eight Western Division teams begin play at Eastern Division stadiums for the next six days.
Quad-Cities will spend today on the bus, leaving early for Wednesday's game at Lake County in suburban Cleveland.
ON DECK: Quad-Cities at Lake County, Wednesday, 6 p.m. Probable pitchers: Quad-Cities, Ryan Copeland (1-1, 3.69 ERA); Lake County, TBA