Bowling Green, KY - Continuing a six-game homestand and a three-game set against the Burlington Bees, the Bowling Green Hot Rods evened up the series with a 4-1 win on Thursday night at Bowling Green Ballpark.
Led by starter Angel Yepez (W, 2-0), the Hot Rods pitchers combined to give up one unearned run on four hits to limit the Bees offense.
Despite giving up a RBI single to Bees outfielder Derek Jenkins in the third inning after an error allowed a runner to get on base, Yepez allowed just four baserunners in five innings of work. Was his second win in three starts with the Hot Rods, posting a 1.32 ERA over that time.
To secure the win for Yepez and the Hot Rods, hard-throwing righties Deivy Mendez and Orlando Romero each threw to scoreless and hitless innings, allowing just one baserunner over the final four frames.
For Romero, he secured his team-leading sixth save of the year. He has now converted all six of his save chances.
Offensively, the Hot Rods scored their first two runs on a sacrifice fly in the first inning and a RBI groundout in the third inning off the bat of outfielder Jesus Sanchez .
The 19-year-old outfielder also threw out a runner at the plate in the fourth inning and then scored a run in the fifth inning after drawing a walk, stealing second and scoring on a RBI double by infielder Robbie Tenerowicz .
Later in the inning, Tenerowicz scored on a RBI single from first basemen Bobby Melley to give the Hot Rods their final run of the game.
Aside from the runs scored, outfielder Garrett Whitley paced the offense with two hits and a run scored.
With the win, the Hot Rods have now won eight of their last nine home games.
The Hot Rods will try to win their third straight season series against the Bees with the rubbermatch of a three-game set on Friday.
Bowling Green will send lefty Kenny Rosenberg to the mound while the Bees will counter with righty Erik Manoah.
First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 PM.
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