South Bend, IN - Following a much-needed offday, the Bowling Green Hot Rods beat the South Bend Cubs by a score of 8-2 on Tuesday night at Four Winds Field.
After being shutout to finish their series with the Great Lakes Loons, the Hot Rods broke out for four runs in the first inning against Cubs starter Jose Paulino (L, 2-2) to help lead them to a victory.
With Paulino being taken out of the game after only recording two outs, the Hot Rods got a RBI double from outfielder Jesus Sanchez , a two-run single by third basemen Adrian Rondon and a RBI single by Jonah Heim to highlight the frame.
Bowling Green got another two-run single by Sanchez in the sixth inning and a RBI double from second basemen Robbie Tenerowicz with another RBI single by Heim in the eighth inning to cap off their scoring.
Pacing a twelve-hit attack, outfielder Joshua Lowe led the way with three hits and was a homer away from the cycle. It was the first three-hit game of his career.
Along with Lowe, Sanchez and Heim both had two hits along with outfielder Eleardo Cabrera .
Offense aside, the Hot Rods got a strong pitching performance by starter Adrian Navas (W, 4-5) and reliever Spencer Jones (S, 4).
Navas gave up just two runs on two hits through 5.1 innings while Jones sent down the Cubs scoreless in the final 3.2 innings of the game to finish the victory off for the Hot Rods.
Jones now has a team-leading four saves. The outing tied the most innings he has pitched in a game during his career.
Overall, the Hot Rods are 8-4 in their last 12 games and have won five of the first seven games of a franchise-record 13.5 game/14-day roadtrip.
The Hot Rods will continue a two-week stretch on the road on Wednesday with the second game of a three-game series against the South Bend Cubs. RHP Ethan Clark is expected to toe the rubber for Bowling Green while the Cubs will counter with a pitcher that is yet to be determined.
First pitch is at 7:05 PM eastern time at Four Winds Field. The next 6.5 games will be played in the eastern time zone.
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