Dayton, OH -- In the opener of a three-game series, the Bowling Green Hot Rods were on the wrong side of a walkoff win by the Dayton Dragons, losing by score of 9-8 on Wednesday night at Fifth Third Field.
After scoring eight runs on Wednesday night, the Hot Rods bats broke out again on Thursday, starting in the fourth inning against Dragons starter Alex Webb (L, 0-4).
The inning started with a leadoff triple from outfielder Garrett Whitley , who then scored on a sacrifice fly by outfielder Joshua Lowe to give the Hot Rods a 1-0 lead.
For Whitley, the big night continued in the fifth inning, where the 20-year-old outfielder came through with a two-run single to put the Hot Rods up by three. He ended the inning by stealing second and third base, only to score on a wild pitch later in the inning to make the score 4-0.
With the two stolen bases, Whitley is now the fifth player in Hot Rods history with 10 or more homers and 20 or more stolen bases in a single season. He is the first player to do that since Jace Conrad in 2015.
Bowling Green tacked on their final two runs in the eighth inning on a pair of RBI singles from outfielder Jesus Sanchez and first basemen Bobby Melley .
Fortunately, the offense was plenty for a trio of Hot Rods pitchers who combined for the thirteenth shutout of the season.
Starting pitcher Mikey York (W, 1-1) dazzled in his third start with Bowling Green since his promotion from Hudson Valley, giving up just two hits in six scoreless innings. He also tied a career-high with eight strikeouts.
To secure the victory for York and Bowling Green, righty Reimin Ramos tossed two scoreless frames and Joe Serrapica threw a hitless ninth to end the game.
With the win, the Hot Rods snapped their 10-game losing skid, their second-longest losing streak in franchise history. It as also their first win in nine games at Fifth Third Field this season.
Offensively, the Hot Rods bats have now scored 14 runs on 27 hits in the first two games this series after being outscored 34-9 and totaling just 33 hits during the first eight games of the roadtrip.
For the second straight game, every player in the Hot Rods had at least one hit.
The Hot Rods will finish a stretch of 10 road games in 11 days on Thursday with the last of three games against the Dayton Dragons at Fifth Third Field.
Bowling Green will send RHP Adrian Navas to the mound while Dayton will counter with RHP Tony Santillan.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM. This is the final road game of the regular season for the Hot Rods and it will be played in eastern time.
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