BOWLING GREEN, KY - In another thrilling contest, the Bowling Green Hot Rods defeated the Dayton Dragons tonight 8-7 in front of a sellout crowd of 4,723 at Bowling Green Ballpark.
The Dragons got things started with another first inning home run tonight, as 2B Jeter Downs left the ballpark with a solo shot, and it was 1-0 Dayton.
The lead swelled to 4-0 in the fourth when the Dragons used two doubles, a hit batter, and an error to score three runs, just one of them earned against Hot Rods' reliever RHP Andrew Gist .
Bowling Green got on the board in the bottom of the sixth. DH Zach Rutherford scored on an RBI single from CF Emilio Gustave , and it was a 4-1 Dayton lead.
In the seventh, the Hot Rods scored on a bases loaded walk to make it a 4-2 game.
That's when things got crazy.
In the top of the eighth, the Dragons got a two-run double from 1B Leandro Santana , making it a 6-2 game.
Bowling Green kept fighting, and used a four run inning to tie the game. LF Jim Haley hit a two-run double, scoring 2B Justin Bridgman and RF Moises Gomez . C Ronaldo Hernandez followed that with a two-run blast to right field, his 21st of the season, tying the game at 6-6.
In the top of the ninth, Dayton again scored the go-ahead run, like last night, taking a 7-6 lead. 3B Jonathan India hit a solo home run, his second of the series.
However, the Hot Rods came back in the bottom of the ninth. 3B Trey Hair led off the inning with a triple to the wall in right-center field. He scored on a double to left by 1B Alexander Alvarez . Jake Stone then came on as a pinch runner and advanced to third on a wild pitch. That set the stage for CF Emilio Gustave, who hit a sac fly to right-center, scoring Stone, and securing an 8-7 win for the Hot Rods.
LHP Resly Linares received a no-decision. He threw three innings, allowing two hits and a run, walking one and striking out five. RHP Matt Seelinger (1-0, 2.19) earned his first win as a member of the Hot Rods.
The final game of the regular season takes place tomorrow afternoon at 12:05pm. Dayton will send RHP Austin Orweiler (5-5, 3.72) to the hill, while Bowling Green will counter with RHP Alex Valverde (7-7, 4.82).
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