Bowling Green, Kentucky– The Bowling Green Hot Rods (19-11) set their new season-high with their fifth consecutive win on Sunday, 7-2 against the Rome Braves (15-15) at Bowling Green Ballpark in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Monday is an off-day for the league and the Hot Rods start a six-game series with
Bowling Green, Kentucky– The Bowling Green Hot Rods (19-11) set their new season-high with their fifth consecutive win on Sunday, 7-2 against the Rome Braves (15-15) at Bowling Green Ballpark in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Monday is an off-day for the league and the Hot Rods start a six-game series with the Aberdeen IronBirds on Tuesday.
The scoring started with the Hot Rods in the bottom of the fourth inning off Braves starter Alan Rangel. Pedro Martinez led off with a triple and Blake Hunt walked in the next at-bat. Ruben Cardenas singled to bring in Martinez and moved Hunt to third. Niko Hulsizer brought them all in, hitting a ball off the batter’s eye in dead center field for a home run to give the Hot Rods a 4-0 lead.
Against Bowling Green starter Joe La Sorsa in the top of the fifth, Jesse Franklin V hit a solo home run to cut the Braves deficit to 4-1. The Hot Rods added two runs in the sixth against Rome reliever Trey Riley. Hunt reached on an error by Braves shortstop Beau Philip to lead off the inning. He advanced on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Cardenas. Bowling Green scored one more in the inning on a bases-loaded walk to Evan Edwards to make it a 6-1 lead.
The Braves scored one more run in the top of the seventh against Hot Rods pitcher Evan McKendry. Franklin hit his second homer of the night to make it a 6-2 game. Bowling Green immediately got the run back in the bottom of the seventh against Rome pitcher Gabriel Noguera. Martinez hit a solo home run to expand the lead to 7-2. Rome was held scoreless over the last two innings by McKendry, and the Hot Rods won 7-2.
La Sorsa (2-0) tossed 5.0 innings, allowing three hits and one run in his second win of the year. Tanner Dodson pitched 1.0 inning, giving up a walk and striking out one. McKendry (3) hurled the final 3.0 innings, surrendering one run on three hits while striking out three in a save.
Notes: Cardenas extended his hit streak to 15 games on Sunday… He’s still reached base in every game (25) he’s played in this year… Cardenas notched his team-leading ninth multi-hit game of the season… He’s had four three-hit games this season… Cardenas also drove in multiple runs in a game for the sixth time this year…Martinez tripled in Sunday’s game… It’s the third-straight game BG’s had a triple… This comes after the Hot Rods hadn’t had one for the first 27 games of the season… Martinez also had his third multi-hit game of the season… It’s his first two-hit effort… Hulsizer had a three-RBI night, his second such game this season… It was also his third multi-RBI game of the year… BG reached 10 homers in the Month of June on Sunday… They’re six games in with a 5-1 record this month… The Hot Rods are 4-1 on Sundays and 2-1 at home on Sundays… The team is 4-1 in the home white uniforms… With Sunday’s win, the Hot Rods are 8-4 against the Rome Braves this season… They’re also 16-8 all-time against the Braves… BG is 7-4 at Bowling Green Ballpark against Rome all-time… The Hot Rods are 12-5 in games decided by four or more runs in 2021… BG has a four-game lead in the South Division of the High-A East going into Monday’s off-day… They are tied for the most wins in the league with the North Division’s Aberdeen IronBirds… Aberdeen has played in two-less games than the Hot Rods… Monday is a league wide off-day… The Hot Rods resume action on Tuesday against the Aberdeen IronBirds at Bowling Green Ballpark… Fans can catch all of the action by watching on MiLB.tv or listening through the MiLB First Pitch app, tuning into WBGN 94.5 FM and 1340 AM, or visiting https://www.milb.com/bowling-green/fans/audio-listen-live.
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