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Hot Rods Top Braves In Finale

Javier Valdes walks off the field in a 8-4 loss to Bowling Green on July 17th, 2022. (Mills Fitzner)
July 17, 2022

ROME, GA - The Rome Braves and Bowling Green Hot Rods met for the final time in Rome for 2022 in Sunday's series finale. Landon Leach would get the start for the Braves, and it would be an afternoon to forget. Leach would not make it out of the second

ROME, GA - The Rome Braves and Bowling Green Hot Rods met for the final time in Rome for 2022 in Sunday's series finale.

Landon Leach would get the start for the Braves, and it would be an afternoon to forget. Leach would not make it out of the second inning after he allowed five runs on one hit with three walks, including a grand slam to Bowling Green's Diego Infante.

Rome would get on the board in the home half of the third with a bases loaded walk to Jordan Cowan, and a Javier Valdes home run in the bottom of the fourth would cut into Bowling Green's lead, but ultimately the Braves would fall short by a final score of eight to four.

Seven out of nine Rome hitters would record a hit in Sunday's loss, and Jacob Pearson would be the lone Brave to record a multi-hit performance.

Malcolm Van Buren, Austin Smith, and Trey Riley would all work scoreless outings from the bullpen, with each of them recording at least one inning pitched.

The Braves will now observe the Major League Baseball All-Star break and will pick back up on Friday July 22nd as they travel to Winston-Salem to take on the Dash.