Dayton, OH- Roberto Alvarez has two hits in the Bowling Green Hot Rods 4-2 loss to the Dayton Dragons on Wednesday at Fifth Third Field in Dayton. The Hot Rods are 10-3 in the second half and 49-34 overall with a 6:35 PM first pitch set for Thursday's Independence Day game with the Dragons to start an 11-game home stand.
The Hot Rods scored the first run of the ballgame, plating a run against Dragons starter Ricky Salinas in the first. With one out, Seaver Whalen was hit by a pitch and went to second when Jonathan Aranda singled to left. With two outs, Roberto Alvarez singled to right, scoring Whalen from second to give Bowling Green a 1-0 edge.
The Dragons responded in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game against Hot Rods starter Chris Muller. Michael Siani led off the game with a walk and went to third on a errant pickoff attempt at first by Muller. Randy Ventura lined a triple into the right-field corner, scoring Siani to even the score at 1-1.
Dayton took the lead in the fourth against Miller Hogan out of the bullpen. Panel Manzanero singled to left on the first pitch of the inning and went to second when Brian Rey singled to left. Juan Martinez doubled to left, clearing the bases and giving the Dragons a 3-1 advantage.
Bowling Green cut Dayton's lead to one in the seventh against when Kevin Santiago's sacrifice fly plated Jordan Qsar, who tripled to lead off the inning, to make it a 3-2 game. Dayton added an insurance run in the bottom of the frame to take a 4-2 edge and went on to win by the same tally.
Muller allowed a run on three hits with a walk and a strikeout over his two innings of work. Hogan (1-2) took the loss after tossing five innings out of the bullpen while allowing three runs on nine hits with seven strikeouts. Nick Sprengel threw a spotless eighth inning.
Notes: Muller made the first start of his professional career… Hogan set a new career-high with seven strikeouts…. He tied his career-high with five innings pitched…. Dayton's nine hits are the most Hogan has allowed in an outing in his career… Aranda extended his hit streak to five games… Proctor has a three-game hit streak… Whalen extended his on-base streak to 10 games… Alvarez had two hits in back-to-back games… It was his 19th multi-hit effort of the season… Gregorio extended his hit streak to five games… The Hot Rods are 23-21 on the road… They were 4-1 on this road trip… The team is 9-6 in two-run games this season… They're 40-23 against right handed starters in 2019… BG is 7-3 against Dayton this season… The Hot Rods continue the four-game series with the Dayton Dragons on Thursday at Bowling Green Ballpark with a 6:35 PM CDT… Bowling Green will send LHP Matthew Liberatore (6-1, 1.50) to the mound against a Dayton pitch to be determined… 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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