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Betts Drives in Five in 10-0 Win Over Captains

Bowling Green catcher helps back Caleb Sampen as Hot Rods take series finale
(Steve Roberts/ Bowling Green Hot Rods)
July 29, 2019

Chris Betts drove in five runs and Caleb Sampen spun 6.0 innings of shutout baseball as the Bowling Green Hot Rods avoided a series sweep with a 10-0 victory over the Lake County Captains. Bowling Green improved to 62-44, 23-13 in the second half, ahead of Tuesday's series opener in

Chris Betts drove in five runs and Caleb Sampen spun 6.0 innings of shutout baseball as the Bowling Green Hot Rods avoided a series sweep with a 10-0 victory over the Lake County Captains. Bowling Green improved to 62-44, 23-13 in the second half, ahead of Tuesday's series opener in Dayton against the Dragons, which is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. CDT.

After two scoreless frames from Sampen, the Hot Rods took an early lead against Lake County starter Eli Lingos in the second. Erik Ostberg led off the frame with a single to left, then went to third when Grant Witherspoon doubled off the left-field wall. Betts followed with a double into the right-field corner, scoring both runners to spot Sampen a 2-0 lead.
An inning later, the Hot Rods tacked on against Lingos. Ford Proctor led off with a double, which was followed by a walk to Osmy Gregorio. Jonathan Aranda followed with a double down the left-field line, scoring Proctor. Two batters later, Witherspoon, drove in Gregorio with a groundout. Betts then capped off the inning with single to right that brought home Aranda, giving Bowling Green a 5-0 advantage.
Caleb Sampen continued to put up zeroes as his offense continued to give him more runs. Witherspoon drove in Bowling Green's sixth run of the game in the fifth, bringing home Ostberg with a double.
After Sampen gave way to Nick Padilla in the seventh, the Hot Rods wrapped up the contest in style. Witherspoon drove in Gregorio with a groundout, which was followed by Betts, who launched a two-run blast over the right-field bullpen and out of Bowling Green Ballpark, giving him five RBI for the day and a 9-0 lead for Bowling Green.
The Hot Rods made it a perfect ten in the eighth inning as Gregorio doubled home Tony Pena to put Bowling Green up 10-0, which wound up as the final score when Michael Costanzo threw a scoreless ninth inning.
Sampen (8-4) fired 6.0 shutout innings, allowing just two hits while walking one and striking out five in earning the win. Padilla threw two scoreless innings, allowing one hits and striking out three. Costanzo tossed a scoreless ninth, walking one and striking out one.
Notes: Gregorio had his 18th multi-hit day…Aranda has a seven-game hitting streak…Tony Pena and Proctor both have four-game hitting streaks…Pena collected his 15th multi-hit game…Betts had his 19th multi-hit and 16th multi-RBI contest…He recorded five RBI, the first five-RBI game by a Hot Rods since Ronaldo Hernandez on June 1, 2018…His 64 RBI now leads the league…Ostberg notched his fifth multi-hit game…Witherspoon racked up his 24th multi-hit and 12th multi-RBI game…His three RBI tie a season high…Sampen turned in his 11th quality start, tied for the team lead with Alan Strong…He also took sole possession of the team lead with his eighth victory...The Hot Rods scored ten or more runs for the first time since July 6 vs. West Michigan…It's BG's ninth time this year with double-digit runs…Bowling Green is 20-7 in day games…The Hot Rods are 37-19 at home…They're 14-14 against left-handed starters…The Hot Rods will travel to Dayton to begin a four-game series against the Dayton Dragons on Tuesday night, with first pitch at 6:05 p.m CDT.…LHP Matthew Liberatore (6-1, 2.81) will start for Bowling Green against Dayton LHP Nick Lodolo (0-0, 3.00)…Fans can catch all the action with Shawn Murnin on Willie 107.9 FM, as well as, with their smart phones via the MiLB First Pitch app and TuneIn Radio app.
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