Bowling Green, KY - In the opener of a three-game set and a week at home at Bowling Green Ballpark, the Bowling Green Hot Rods pitchers combined to shutout the Quad Cities River Bandits by a score of 2-0 on Monday night.
A night after Adrian Navas and Kenny Rosenberg combined for 14 strikeouts and no walks against the Beloit Snappers, the Hot Rods got another dominant pitching performance, beginning with starting pitcher Ethan Clark (W, 1-0). The 22-year-old righty struck out five batters in five innings, while giving up just one hit and two total baserunners in his third start of the season.
With the start from Clark, the Hot Rods have now gotten eight straight starts of three or fewer runs.
The victory was secured for Clark by as righties Deivy Mendez and Reimin Ramos (S, 1) combined to hold the River Bandits to one hit over the final four innings of work to put the finishing touches on the two-hit shutout.
Both Mendez and Ramos pitched two innings of scoreless relief.
The shutout for the Hot Rods pitching staff was their second in the last five days and fourth this season.
Offensively, the Hot Rods got all the offense they needed in the fourth inning against River Bandits starter Enoli Paredes (L, 1-2).
To begin the frame, outfielder Jesus Sanchez led things off with his team-leading third triple of the year. He was then brought home on a RBI single by first basemen Mike Brosseau to put the Hot Rods on the board. Two batters later, Brosseau scored on a RBI single by third basemen Adrian Rondon for the final run of the game.
The single marked the end of the slump for Rondon, who paced the Hot Rods offense with two hits after entering the game with a 1-for-23 skid at the dish.
With the win, Bowling Green won their second straight game against Quad Cities dating back to last year after losing their previous eight contests against the River Bandits.
The Hot Rods will continue their stretch at home with the second of three games against the Quad Cities River Bandits in Southcentral Kentucky on Monday. Bowling Green will send RHP JD Busfield to the mound while the River Bandits will counter righty Dustin Hunt.
First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m central time at Bowling Green Ballpark.
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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