Greenville, South Carolina– Kyle Manzardo and Heriberto Hernandez hit back-to-back homers but the Bowling Green Hot Rods (16-10, 57-34) lost on a walk-off homer to the Greenville Drive (9-16, 35-56) on Thursday night at Fluor Field at the West End to end a six-game win streak. The Hot Rods and
Greenville, South Carolina– Kyle Manzardo and Heriberto Hernandez hit back-to-back homers but the Bowling Green Hot Rods (16-10, 57-34) lost on a walk-off homer to the Greenville Drive (9-16, 35-56) on Thursday night at Fluor Field at the West End to end a six-game win streak. The Hot Rods and Drive continue their series on Friday with a 6:05 PM CT first pitch.
The Hot Rods jumped on Drive starter Shane Drohan, taking a two-run lead in the first. With two outs, Manzardo homered to left-center to give BG a 1-0 lead. In the next at-bat, Hernandez blasted his 12th long-ball of the season that landed on top of the office building beyond the Green Monster in left. The back-to-back homers gave the Hot Rods a 2-0 edge.
The Drive tied the game in the sixth, but BG took a one-run lead in the seventh. It didn’t last long, with Greenville taking the lead in the bottom of the frame. The Hot Rods made one last charge, loading the bases in the top of the ninth on three consecutive hits for Alika Williams, who singled to right while plating two runs to give BG a 5-4 edge. Greenville proved to be too much in the bottom of the frame, ending the game on a walk-off two-run homer from Niko Kavadas to deal BG a 6-5 loss.
Ben Brecht threw 5.0 shutout innings while allowing six hits and a walk with six strikeouts in a no-decision. Audry Lugo let up four runs on three hits with four walks over 1.0 innings in a blown save. Cameron Leonard (2-2) blew a save and took the loss after 2.0 innings out of the bullpen, allowing two runs on three hits with a walk and three strikeouts.
Notes: Manzardo has a six-game hit streak… He took the team lead with his 16th homer of the year… It was also his second homer in as many games… He’s hit three homers in four games… The Hot Rods six-game win streak is tied for the longest of the season… Driscoll had his sixth multi-hit game of the year… Manzardo had his 18th… Auer had two hits for the fourth time in his sixth multi-hit game since joining BG… Williams had his 12th multi-RBI game… The Hot Rods and Drive continue their series at 6:05 PM CT on Friday… Bowling Green will send RH Victor Muñoz (2-2, 4.50) to the hill against Greenville RH Thad Ward (0-0, 6.00)… Fans can listen to the game on Talk 104.1 FM and 930 AM WKCT and listen via the MiLB First Pitch app on Android and IOS, or go to the Hot Rods website at www.bghotrods.com... Fans can get their tickets for upcoming Hot Rods home games by calling 270-901-2121, visiting the Bowling Green Ballpark box office, or visiting www.bghotrods.com.
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