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Hot Rods Top Dragons 8-1 on Saturday06/09/2012 10:19 PM ET
Bowling Green 8, Dragons 1
June 9, 2012
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Bowling Green (R-H-E): 8-15-0
WP: Felipe Rivero (6-4)
HR: Dayton: None
Dayton, Ohio-The Bowling Green Hot Rods erased a 1-0 deficit with five runs after two men were out in the fifth inning and went on to an 8-1 victory over the Dayton Dragons on Saturday night before a crowd of 8,856 at Fifth Third Field.
The game featured an appearance by Reds reliever Bill Bray on a major league rehabilitation assignment. Bray, coming back from a groin strain and back soreness, tossed a scoreless sixth inning. He pitched out of a first-and-third, one-out jam, getting a strikeout and inning-ending ground out to strand the runners.
The Dragons took the lead in the second inning when Steve Selsky singled to right field and scored on Ryan Wright's double to the right field fence to make it 1-0.
Dragons starting pitcher Daniel Tuttle was strong over the first four innings, allowing three hits and no runs. In the fifth, Bowling Green had runners at first and second with two outs when they rallied to take command of the game, as the next five batters all reached safely and five runs scored to make it 5-1. Drew Vettleson's two-run single broke a 1-1 tie. The Hot Rods added two more in the seventh and one in the eighth to close out the scoring.
Tuttle (1-3) worked the first five innings, allowing nine hits and five earned runs with two walks and one strikeout to suffer the loss. After Bray's scoreless inning, Lucas O'Rear worked two innings, allowing four hits and three runs (two earned) with two walks and no strikeouts. James Allen pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out three.
The Dragons finished with just three hits. After the back-to-back hits by Selksy and Wright in the second, Nick O'Shea had a bunt single in the fifth for the only other hit. O'Shea's bunt hit came after back-to-back walks to Sean Buckley and Juan Silva to load the bases with no one out and the Dragons trailing 5-1. But Juan Perez grounded back to the pitcher, who throw home to get the lead runner and start a double play. Then Kurtis Muller flied out to the fence in center field to the inning. The Dragons had only one more base runner.
The Dragons (25-37) host the Hot Rods (34-28) on Sunday in the second game of the series at 2:00 p.m. (WONE 980 AM) at Fifth Third Field. Radhames Quezada (3-6, 4.06) will start for Dayton against Bowling Green's Parker Markel (1-3, 6.39). The series and home stand conclude on Monday at 7:00 p.m.