Grand Rapids, MI - Finishing off the first stretch of a week away from Southcentral Kentucky, the Bowling Green Hot Rods salvaged a series with the West Michigan Whitecaps and avoided a sweep with a 10-1 win on Wednesday afternoon at Fifth Third Ballpark.
A full team effort was led by a 19-hit offensive attack and another marvelous start by LHP Travis Ott (W, 2-2).
For his second straight start, Ott worked seven innings, tying a career-long. He gave up one unearned run on six hits while striking out a career-high ten batters.
Ott has not given up an earned run in his last three starts, spanning 20 innings pitched.
To secure the win for Ott, righty Deivy Mendez sent down the Whitecaps offense through the final two innings.
Offensively, the Hot Rods broke out for a season-high 19 hits and began the scoring in the first inning on a RBI single by first basemen Nathaniel Lowe.
After a two-run single in the fourth inning from outfielder Emilio Gustave , the Hot Rods began putting up crooked numbers in the fifth inning with a three-run homer by second basemen Robbie Tenerowicz against Whitecaps starter Alfred Guiterrez (L, 3-2).
Tenerowicz also added a RBi single in the ninth inning, marking the fifth time this season a Hot Rods player has had 4 RBI in one game.
The other three runs for Bowling Green came on a three-run homer by outfielder Jesus Sanchez in the sixth inning. The homer for Sanchez was his team-high sixth roundtripper of the season.
Overall, shortstop Miles Mastrobuoni paced the Hot Rods offense with four hits. He is the first Hot Rods player to have more four or more hits in a game this season. He was joined by Gustave, Tenerowicz and Sanchez with three hits.
For Gustave, it was his second straight three-hit game.
For Bowling Green, the 19 hits were the most in a game since 6/15/14, where they had 22 hits against Fort Wayne.
The Hot Rods will continue their week on the road on Thursday with the opener of a four-game series against the Dayton Dragons. Bowling Green will send RHP Peter Bayer to the mound while the Dragons will counter with RHP Andrew Jordan.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. eastern 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 AM 1340 and 97.1 Willie in Southcentral Kentucky.
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