BG Clubs Way to Fifth-Straight on Wednesday
Hot Rods blast six homers and 19 hits in 13-2 victory over Greenville
Greenville, South Carolina– The Bowling Green Hot Rods (40-24) offense erupted for 19 hits and six homers in a 13-2 win over the Greenville Drive (26-39) on Wednesday. The two teams continue their series on Thursday with a 6:05 PM CT first pitch at Fluor Field in Greenville, South Carolina.
The Hot Rods jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning against the Drive’s rehabbing starter Bryan Mata. Tanner Murray singled to right and went to second on a wild pitch before Diego Infante hit a two-run homer on top of the Mini Monster in left field to give BG a 2-0 lead. Johan Lopez singled and went to second on a balk. Lopez advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on an errant throw back to the mound by Drive catcher Stephen Scott, making it a 3-0 game.
BG padded their lead with power in the third and fourth. Heriberto Hernandez homered in the third against Greenville reliever Jordan DiValerio while Lopez, Michael Berglund, and Alexander Ovalles all hit long balls in the fourth as part of a five-run inning to extend the lead to 9-0.
After a Greenville homer in the fifth, Tanner Murray drove in a run on a single in the sixth before the Drive plated another run in the bottom of the frame to make it a 10-2 game. Beau Brundage hammered Bowling Green’s sixth homer of a game in the seventh, a three-run shot, giving the Hot Rods a 13-2 lead which they would go on to win by.
Nathan Wiles threw 4.0 perfect innings with four strikeouts in a no-decision. Anthony Molina (7-1) earned the win after holding the Drive to two runs on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Nomar Rojas tossed 1.2 scoreless out of the bullpen allowing a hit with a strikeout.
Notes: The 2022 Hot Rods are the third team in franchise history to win 40 games in the first half… The Hot Rods tied a franchise record for homers in a single game… The last time was April 15, 2012 at the Lake County Captains… Wednesday marked the first time in club history that six different players homered in a game… Every hitter in the lineup had at least one hit… Seven batters had multi-hit games… Hernandez, Ovalles, and Lopez all had a game-high three hits… Hernandez was a triple short of hitting for the cycle… BG’s 19-hits were the second-highest total this season… Simon started at short for the first time as a member of the Rays farm system… It was his 7th career appearance at shortstop, with six appearances coming with the Arizona Diamondbacks system… The Hot Rods and Drive continue their series on Thursday with a 6:05 PM CT first pitch… BG will send RH Logan Workman (2-2, 2.41) to the mound against Greenville RH Chih-Jung Liu (1-5, 5.13)… Fans can listen to the game on Talk 104.1 FM and 930 AM WKCT beginning with the Hot Rods Warmup Show at 6:20 PM CT… Fans can also watch live on MiLB.tv, listen via the MiLB First Pitch app on Android and IOS, or go to the Hot Rods website at www.bghotrods.com