Dayton, OH- Roberto Alvarez had three hits and Jordan Qsar homered, driving in three RBIs but the Bowling Green Hot Rods lost to the Dayton Dragons in walk-off fashion on Wednesday night, 6-5, at Fifth Third Field in Dayton, OH. The Hot Rods fall to 23-15 in the second half
Dayton, OH- Roberto Alvarez had three hits and Jordan Qsar homered, driving in three RBIs but the Bowling Green Hot Rods lost to the Dayton Dragons in walk-off fashion on Wednesday night, 6-5, at Fifth Third Field in Dayton, OH. The Hot Rods fall to 23-15 in the second half and 62-46 overall with the third game of the four-game series set for a 6:00 PM CDT first pitch on Thursday.
Dayton plated the first run of the game in the opening inning against Hot Rods starter Zack Trageton in his first start of the season for Bowling Green. Mariel Bautista started off the frame with a single to left and went to third on Michael Siani's single to center to put runners at the corners. Brian Rey grounded into a double play, but Bautista scored on the play to give the Dragons a 1-0 edge.
The Hot Rods took their second lead of the series in the second inning against Dayton starter Conner Curlis. Alvarez singled to center with one out, and Jordan Qsar followed up by homering in a full count to give Bowling Green a 2-1 lead. The blast was Qsar's fourth of the season and exited the ballpark to right field.
Dayton retook the lead in the fourth against the Hot Rods and Trageton with an unearned run. With one out, Juan Martinez reached on catcher's interference and went to second on a single off the bat of Miles Gordon. Randy Ventura singled to left, scoring Martinez to give the Dragons a 3-2 advantage. The Dragons extended their lead in the fifth, this time with Siani scoring from second on a sacrifice fly to center to extend the Dayton lead to 4-2.
The Hot Rods got a run back in the seventh against Jerry D'Andrea before the lefty exited due to injury. Alvarez led off the frame with a triple to right and scored when Qsar lined a ball back up the middle for a single that was deflected by D'Andrea to make it a 5-3 game.
Bowling Green tied the game and chased reliever Eddie Demurias from the game in the eight. With one out, Ruben Cardenas, Erik Ostberg, and Seaver Whalen all singled to load the bases and Alvarez singled to right, scoring Cardenas and Ostberg to make it a 5-5 game.
The Dragons walked off the Hot Rods in the bottom of the ninth with reliever Nathan Witt on the mound. Bautista led off the inning by reaching on an error and went to second on a sacrifice bunt. In a 1-2 count, Rey doubled to center field, plating Bautista to give the Dragons a 6-5 walk-off victory.
Trageton worked 4.1 innings in a no decision, allowing four runs, three earned, on seven hits with two strikeouts. Michael Costanzo allowed one run on four hits with a walk and a strikeout of 2.2 innings of relief. Witt (1-4) took the loss after 1.1 innings, allowing one unearned run on a hit with a walk and a strikeout.
Notes: Gregorio had his 18th multi-hit game of the season… Alvarez had his 24th multi-hit effort in 2019… It was his fourth three-hit game… Qsar had his third multi-hit game of the season… All three are two-hit games… Proctor has a six-game hitting streak… Aranda's seven-game hit streak ended… The Hot Rods finish July 15-13… BG is 19-19 in one-run games… They're also 14-16 against left-handed starters… Trageton became the first Hot Rods pitcher this season to allow more than one triple in a game… Hot Rods manager Reinaldo Ruiz was ejected in the eighth… It's the third time this season Ruiz has been run… All three instances happened in the month of July… The Hot Rods and Dragons continue their four-game series on Thursday with a 6:00 PM CDT first pitch… The Hot Rods will send RHP Shane Baz (3-1, 3.40) to the mound against Dragons RHP Eduardo Salazar (5-2, 4.56)… Fans can catch all the action with Shawn Murnin on Willie 107.9 FM and the Hot Rods Radio Network on the TuneIn Radio and MiLB First Pitch apps, available for smart phone.
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