Lansing, MI- Easton McGee held the Lansing Lugnuts to one run over seven innings while Tony Pena had three hits and an RBI in the Bowling Green Hot Rods 4-1 victory to finish a three-game sweep of the Lugnuts on Monday night. The Hot Rods improve to 9-2 in the second half and 48-33 overall ahead of a four-game, home-at-home series with the Dayton Dragons beginning on Tuesday with a 6:00 PM CDT first pitch.
Bowling Green broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning against Lansing starter Troy Watson. With one out, Seaver Whalen singled to right to extend his hit streak to eight-games, but Russ Olive grounded into a fielder's choice for the second out of the inning. Chris Betts walked to put runners at first and second with Tony Pena putting the Hot Rods in front with an RBI single to plate Olive. Betts moved into second and went to third when Jordan Qsar was walked to load the bases. Izzy Wilson dumped a single into left, scoring both Betts and Pena to make it a 3-0 game while Qsar took third on the play. With Osmy Gregorio at the plate, Wilson and Qsar executed a double steal with Qsar taking off for home on a delay. Both runners were safe with Qsar scoring to make it a 4-0 Bowling Green lead.
The Lugnuts got a run back against McGee in the sixth. With two outs, Gabriel Moreno doubled to left and scored when Griffin Conine singled to right. Conine's RBI single cut the Hot Rods lead to three with a 4-1 score. The Lugnuts brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth but but Joel Peguero struck out back-to-back hitters to close out the win, Bowling Green's seventh straight.
McGee (6-2) earned the win, allowing one run on six hits with a walk and six strikeouts over seven innings. Peguero earned his seventh save of the year after throwing two shutout innings, allowing three hits with two strikeouts.
Notes: Whalen extended his hitting streak to eight games… Pena recorded his 11th multi-hit game of the season… Wilson has a hit in each of his first five games with Bowling Green… McGee picked off his first runner of the season… Qsar's steal of home is the first for the Hot Rods since August 16, 2018 when Taylor Walls did it against the Loons at Dow Diamond… Wilson had his first multi-hit game for Bowling Green of the season… McGee hit his second batter of the season on Monday night.. Both of them came against the Lugnuts… Bowling Green swept back-to-back series for the first time since May 1-6, 2018 when the Hot Rods swept Clinton and Burlington in three-game series… The seven-game win streak ties Bowling Green's longest win streak of the season… Lansing snapped a 21-inning scoreless streak for Hot Rods pitching in the sixth inning… BG is 11-5 in games decided by three runs… They're also 39-22 against right-handed starters… They're 9-25 when out-hit by the opponent… The Hot Rods begin a four-game series with the Dayton Dragons on Tuesday with a 6:05 PM CDT… The series will be a home-at-home, with two games in Dayton, OH and two games in Bowling Green, KY… Bowling Green has yet to name a starter for Tuesday's game while Dayton will start RH James Marinan (2-8, 5.28)… 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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