BOWLING GREEN, KY - The Bowling Green Hot Rods dropped the opener of their final series of the regular season, falling 7-6 to the Dayton Dragons. Eight of the nine Hot Rods hitters had at least one base hit this evening.
The Dragons got things started with a bang, as 3B Jonathan India hit a leadoff home run, making it 1-0 Dayton.
Bowling Green scored the next four runs, including a two-run single from RF Jake Stone in the second, making it 2-1.
The Hot Rods added single runs in the third and sixth, making it a 4-1 game.
The Dragons tied the game with a three-run home run in the top of the seventh, beginning a dramatic final couple innings that saw the Dragons take the lead in the top of the eighth. Bowling Green then tied it in the bottom of the inning on a two-run double from 1B Devin Davis , making the score 6-6.
Dayton got the final blow, however, as they pushed the winning run across in the top of the ninth on a sac fly, making the final score 7-6.
RHP Tommy Romero received a no-decision. He threw the game's first three innings, allowing four hits and a run, striking out one.
Game two of this three game set is scheduled for tomorrow night beginning at 6:35pm Central. LHP Resly Linares (7-3, 3.21) will get the start for the Hot Rods, while LHP Packy Naughton (5-10, 4.17) will go for the Dragons.
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