Bowling Green, KY -- On Saturday, the Bowling Green Hot Rods clinched their second straight playoff berth with a 5-0 win over the South Bend Cubs at Bowling Green Ballpark.
For their third straight win after ten consecutive losses, a trio of Hot Rods pitchers combined for a second shutout in three days.
Starter Willy Ortiz (W, 8-3) tossed five scoreless innings while righty Orlando Romero came through with three shutout frames before Joe Serrapica gave the Hot Rods the celebration with a scoreless ninth inning.
From an offensive perspective, the Hot Rods scored their first two runs in the third inning on a two-run double by catcher Rene Pinto against Cubs starter Tyson Miller (L, 7-7).
Bowling Green went on to score a run in the fifth when infielder Miles Mastrobuoni singled, stole second, advanced to third on a sac bunt and was later plated on a wild pitch.
They scored their final two runs in the seventh and eighth innings respectively with a sacrifice fly from outfielder Garrett Whitley and a RBI single from first basemen Bobby Melley .
Overall, the Hot Rods bats have scored 31 runs on 49 hits in their last four games and have outscored their opponents 23-4 during their current three-game win streak.
With the win, the Hot Rods booked their second straight trip to the Midwest League Postseason. It is their fifth-ever Midwest League Playoff berth overall, as they previously went to the postseason in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2016.
The Hot Rods will begin the 2017 Postseason on Wednesday at home in Game 1 of the Eastern Divisional Seres against the Fort Wayne TinCaps. First pitch is at 6:35 PM.
As for the rest of the regular season, the Hot Rods will play the second-to-last game of the regular season against the South Bend Cubs on Sunday at Bowling Green Ballpark.
Bowling Green will send a pitcher on the mound that is yet to be determined while the Cubs will counter with LHP Manuel Rondon.
First pitch is at 6:35 PM.
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