Eastlake, OH - On Sunday, the Bowling Green Hot Rods won the conclusion of a suspended game that started on April 19 and an additional seven-inning game against the Lake County Captains on Sunday afternoon.
Bowling Green won the conclusion of the suspended game by a score of 8-4 and won the seven-inning game by a score of 17-6.
With the Hot Rods up 2-0 in the top of the fifth inning when the game restarted, they tacked on three more runs in the sixth inning on back-to-back homers from catcher Jonah Heim and second basemen Robbie Tenerowicz. The homer for Heim was a two-run shot.
It was the first time that the Hot Rods have hit back-to-back homers all year.
After Lake County got two back in the sixth and scored a run in the seventh to cut the Hot Rods lead the two, the Bowling Green bats broke out in the ninth inning for three runs against Cesar Ventura. They got a RBI double from outfielder Jesus Sanchez , a RBI single by first basemen Nathaniel Lowe and a sacrifice fly from third basemen Adrian Rondon for their insurance runs.
Righty Peter Bayer earned the win in three innings of relief and Orlando Romero finished off the win with three strikeouts in two innings of work.
Bowling Green tied a season-high with five doubles.
In the seven-inning game that followed the conclusion of the suspended game, the Hot Rods began making their mark on the history books in the second inning with a solo homer from Sanchez and a RBI single by outfielder Eleardo Cabrera against lefty Tanner Tully (L, 2-5) to take the early lead.
After the Captains scored three runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a small lead of their own, Bowling Green went on a stretch where they scored 14 unanswered runs from the top of the third inning to the top of the sixth inning.
Starting in the third, the Hot Rods scored six runs on five hits while sending 11 batters to the plate. The frame was highlighted by a grandslam from Rondon, who hit his fourth homer of the year against the Captains and fifth roundtripper of the year overall.
The grandslam was the second of the year for the Hot Rods. Sparking the second surge was a two-run homer by shortstop Lucius Fox , who helped pace the Hot Rods offense with four hits and three runs batted in.
In addition to the blast by Fox, the Hot Rods got a two-run single by Heim, a RBI single from Cabrera and a sacrifice fly by Rondon.
For Rondon, the sacrifice fly gave him 5 RBI for the contest, the most for any Hot Rods player in a single game this season.
Bowling Green scored two more runs in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly by Sanchez and a run-scoring grounder from third basemen Mike Brosseau to set them up for a record-breaking seventh inning.
Coming into the frame, the Hot Rods were one hit away from tying the franchise-record for most hits in a game.
Following a leadoff double by Cabrera to tie the record, he was driven in on a RBI single by outfielder Joshua Lowe to break the record. One batter later, Tenerowicz singled to set the record at 25 hits.
The previous record was 23 hits set on 4/15/12, also against Lake County.
Overall, Fox and Cabrera led the Hot Rods with four hits each. Bowling Green got three hits from Brosseau, Tenerowicz, Sanchez and Rondon.
Sanchez is now 12-for-23 at the plate over his last five games.
Along with the hits record, the 17 runs scored were the most for the Hot Rods since 7/1/12, when they scored 20 runs against Dayton. The 17 runs were also tied for the most runs scored in a seven-inning game in Hot Rods franchise history, a record previously set on 6/9/10 in game one of a doubleheader at Wisconsin.
Overall, the Hot Rods have started this franchise-record 13.5 game/14-day roadtrip with seven wins with an additional victory of a suspended game and five losses with one game left.
The Hot Rods will finish a two-week stretch on the road on Monday the finale of a long weekend series against the Lake County Captains.
First pitch is at 7:00 PM eastern time at Classic Park. This is the final game in the first half of the season that will be played in the eastern time zone.
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