Bowling Green, KY - To finish a perfect homestand and tie a franchise-record for most consecutive wins, the Bowling Green Hot Rods beat the Great Lakes Loons by a score of 9-1 on Monday afternoon at Bowling Green Ballpark.
On the pitching side, the Hot Rods got another dominant start from Willy Ortiz (W, 4-1).
For the second straight start, Ortiz went seven innings, this time giving up just one runs on three hits. Ortiz is now 4-0 in his last six starts, giving up just one run in 14 innings over his last two outings.
His only blemish of the game was giving up a RBI double in the seventh inning to Loons catcher Stevie Berman.
To secure the win for Ortiz and the Hot Rods, righties Peter Bayer and Orlando Romero each worked a scoreless inning of relief.
Offensively, the Hot Rods the scoring started in the second inning on a two-run double from outfielder Eleardo Cabrera and a two-run single by second basemen Miles Mastrobuoni against Loons starter and Midwest League All-Star Dustin May (L, 5-4).
The Hot Rods got to May again in the third with three more runs, two coming on a RBI double from infielder Mike Brosseau and a single by outfielder Jesus Sanchez .
Brosseau finished the series with nine hits in 16 at-bats against the Loons.
Bowling Green scored their final two runs in the sixth inning, the highlight being a RBI single from outfielder Joshua Lowe.
With the win on Monday, the Hot Rods tied a franchise-record with their ninth straight win. Bowling Green has won nine straight games on three different occasions, with one stretch in 2011 and two different stretches last season during the month of July.
In addition to the win streak, the Hot Rods also swept homestand of seven games or longer for the first time in the history of Bowling Green Ballpark.
During the perfect homestand, the Hot Rods swept Dayton in three games and finished with a four-game sweep of the Great Lakes Loons. Bowling Green outscored Great Lakes by a 32-8 margin over the final four games and they finished their stretch in Southcentral Kentucky outscoring their two opponents by a 46-16 margin.
Bowling Green is now at .500 overall (43-43) for the first time since May 11 and is a season-high five games over .500 (12-7) in the second half.
The Hot Rods will try to set their franchise record for most consecutive victories on Wednesday as they start a six-game roadtrip against the Western Division with the first of three games against the Kane County Cougars.
First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 PM. All games during this roadtrip will be played in central time.
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 Willie 107.9/AM 1340 in Southcentral Kentucky.
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