Burke, Hurlers Dominate Loons in Shutout Win

Three Bowling Green pitchers combine for 18 strikeouts

By Bowling Green Hot Rods Media Relations / Bowling Green Hot Rods | June 3, 2017 10:42 PM ET

Midland, MI - In the second game of a three-game set at Dow Diamond, three Bowling Green Hot Rods pitchers combined to shutout the Great Lakes Loons by a score of 6-0 on Saturday night.

A night after dropping the series opener in nailbiting fashion, Bowling Green got a standout performance from starter Brock Burke (W, 6-0) along with reliever Spencer Moran and Deivy Mendez .

Continuing the best season of his professional career, Burke tossed six scoreless frames and struck out a career-high ten batters while giving up just four hits. His season earned run average dropped to 1.10 ERA with the outing.

The ten strikeouts are tied for the most by any Hot Rods pitcher this season.

To compete with Burke, Moran tossed two scoreless frames and struck out five batters. Mendez completed the shutout and finished off the game by striking out the side in the ninth inning.

Combined, the trio of pitchers struck out 18 Loons hitters, which is tied for the most punchouts for the Hot Rods in any game this season.

The shutout with was the seventh for the Bowling Green pitching staff this season.  

Offensively, the Hot Rods scored four runs in the third inning against highly-touted Great Lakes starter Jordan Sheffield (L, 0-3). The frame was highlighted by a solo homer from designated hitter Nathaniel Lowe and a run-scoring fielders choice off the bat of outfielder Joshua Lowe.

Bowling Green scored the other two runs during the frame on an error and a balk from Sheffield.

In the eighth inning, the Hot Rods scored their final two runs on a two-run homer from first basemen Robbie Tenerowicz . It was the third homer of the roadtrip for Tenerowicz and his team-tying seventh roundtripper of the year.

With the win, the Hot Rods have started their franchise-record 13.5 game/14 day road swing with a 4-1 record.

Overall, the Hot Rods are 8-3 in their last 11 games.

The Hot Rods will continue a two-week stretch on the road on Sunday with the rubbermatch of a three-game series against the Great Lakes Loons. RHP Willy Ortiz is expected to toe the rubber for Bowling Green while the Loons will counter with RHP Dustin May.  

First pitch is at 1:05 PM eastern time at Dow Diamond. The next 8 games will be played in the eastern time zone.

You can also listen in to Play-by-Play Broadcaster Alex Cohen for all the games on www.williecountry.com (Click on BG Listen Live) or on AM 1340 and 97.1 Willie in Southcentral Kentucky.





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