Bootleggers Take Down Drive On Wisely’s Walk-Off Homer
Bowling Green picks up sixth walk-off win of the season in 10-7 comeback
Bowling Green, Kentucky– Brett Wisely’s 11th inning homer gave the Bowling Green Bootleggers (62-25) a walk-off win over the Greenville Drive (45-41) at Bowling Green Ballpark in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The two teams play the fourth game of a six-game series on Friday with a 6:35 PM CT first pitch.
The Drive took the lead in the second frame on a two-run homer by Jaxx Groshans, getting out to a 2-0 edge. Greenville kept the pressure on with two more runs in the third inning. Tyler Dearden homered to left-center, increasing the Drive lead to 4-0.
Bowling Green scored their first run in the bottom of the third against Drive starter Chase Shugart. Michael Gigliotti led off the inning with a solo homer to right field. It was Gigliotti’s third homer for Bowling Green this season and cut the deficit to 4-1.
Greenville scored a run in the top of the seventh to take a 5-1 lead, but the Bootleggers plated a run in the eighth inning against Greenville reliever Jake Wallace. Gigliotti led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second when Connor Hollis was hit by a pitch. Evan Edwards drove in Gigliotti with a single and an error, bringing the score to 5-2.
The Bootleggers tied the game in the bottom of the ninth inning against Drive pitcher Cody Scroggins. Logan Driscoll led off with a walk and Jordan Qsar advanced him to second with a base hit. Erik Ostberg cleared the bases with a three-run homer to right, tying the game 5-5 and forcing extra innings.
The Drive mustered two runs in the top of the 10th inning to take a 7-5 lead, but the Hot Rods answered in the bottom half. Curtis Mead started at second as the extra-innings runner and moved to third on a fly ball from Edwards, scoring during the next at-bat on a wild pitch. Grant Witherspoon stepped up to the plate with the bases empty and crushed a long ball to right-center to tie the game at 7-7.
Trevor Brigden held Greenville scoreless in the top of the 11th and gave the offense a chance in the bottom of the frame. Qsar started the inning at second base and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Hill Alexander pinch hit for Michael Gigliotti and grounded into a fielder’s choice with Qsar being tagged out at home. In the next at-bat, Connor Hollis singled, putting runners at first and second. Brett Wisely stepped into the batter’s box and hit a three run homer, walking off the game and giving Bowling Green their 62nd win of the year.
Taj Bradley tossed 5.0 innings, giving up four runs on five hits while walking one and striking out eight in a no decision. Trey Cumbie hurled 2.0 innings, allowing one run on two hits with a walk and a strikeout. Angel Felipe pitched 2.0 scoreless innings while striking out one. Brigden (4-0) pitched the final 2.0 innings, surrendering two runs (one earned) on two hits while striking out three in his fourth win of the season.
Notes: Wisely has a three-game hit streak… He has homered four times in his first three games for Bowling Green… Wisely also had his third multi-hit and his third multi-RBI game… His walk-off is the sixth for the Hot Rods… It was the second walk-off homer for Bowling Green this year… Ostberg had his sixth multi-RBI game of the campaign… BG’s four homers gives them the most home runs in the minor leagues… The Hot Rods are 7-2 against the Drive this season… They are 13-9 against them all-time… Bowling Green is 23-11 when opponents score first… They are 14-19 when being outhit… The Hot Rods and Drive play the fourth game of a six-game series on Friday with a 6:35 PM CT first pitch… The Hot Rods send LH John Doxakis (4-1, 3.27) against Drive RH Yusniel Padron-Artiles (2-3, 5.20)… Fans can catch all of the action by watching on MiLB.tv or listening through the MiLB First Pitch app, tuning into WBGN 94.5 FM and 1340 AM, or visiting https://www.milb.com/bowling-green/fans/audio-listen-live.
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