Bowling Green, KY - After being swept by the Dayton Dragons in a series last month in Ohio, the Bowling Green Hot Rods returned the favor by securing a series sweep at Bowling Green Ballpark with a 2-1 win on Thursday night.
Three pitchers combined to hold the Dragons to one run and four hits over the course of the night, starting with starter Spencer Moran.
The 21-year-old righty gave up just one unearned run over 3.2 innings of work in his first start of the season. He gave up just one hit while striking out four batters.
With the outing from Moran, the Hot Rods starting rotation has given up just four earned runs in the last 29.2 innings over a four-game stretch.
In relief of Moran, righty Jayson McKinley (W, 1-0) earned the victory by tossing 3.1 innings of scoreless baseball.
Hard-throwing righty Orlando Romero (S, 4 secured his fourth save in as many tries by shutting out the Dragons in the final two innings of the game.
Offensively, the Hot Rods got their runs on a pair of solo homer from outfielder Joshua Lowe and outfielder Garrett Whitley.
In the fourth inning, the solo blast from Lowe over the right-field wall tied the game up at 1-1. The homer for Lowe was his seventh of the year and fourth homer during the second half of the season (15 games).
Two innings later, the Hot Rods took the lead in style on a solo homer from Whitley that left the ballpark and traveled an estimated 460 feet.
If the estimated distance was the actual distance, it would be the longest homerun ever recorded at Bowling Green Ballpark.
With the win, Bowling Green clinched their first three-game series sweep at home this year and has now won five straight games, their longest win streak of the season. They improved their home record against Dayton to 5-1 and are now over .500 (8-7) for the first time in the second half.
The Hot Rods will try to continue their winning ways on Friday in Southcentral Kentucky with the first of four games against the Great Lakes Loons.
Bowling Green will send a pitcher that has yet to be determined to the mound while the Loonswill counter with righty Imani Abdullah.
First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 PM.
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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