Qsar Homers, BG Falls in Series Finale 8-3
Hot Rods Outfield Blasts Team-Leading 17th Homer in Loss
Wilmington, DE– Jordan Qsar hit his team-leading 17th home run of the season in the Bowling Green Hot Rods (59-25) 10-3 loss to the Wilmington Blue Rocks (34-50) on Sunday afternoon at Frawley Stadium in Wilmington, Delaware. The Hot Rods enjoy a league-wide off day on Monday before starting a six-game series with the Greenville Drive on Tuesday at Bowling Green Ballpark.
Bowling Green scratched the first run of the game across in the fourth inning against Wilmington reliever Alex Troop. Connor Hollis led off with a single and stole second base. He went to third on a passed ball and Curtis Mead lifted a sacrifice fly to center field, allowing Hollis to score while giving the Hot Rods a 1-0 lead.
Wilmington mounted a four-run inning in the fifth to take a 4-1 lead, but the Hot Rods drew within a run in the sixth. Hollis reached on a fielder’s choice that retired Pedro Martinez, who had singled to lead off the inning, at second. With two outs, Jordan Qsar launched his 17th homer of the season over the right field fence to make it a 4-3 game with Wilmington still in control.
The Blue Rocks plated four more runs in the sixth against Hot Rods reliever Angel Felipe to go up five runs with an 8-3 lead. Wilmington brought home two more runs in the eighth and went on to win 10-3 in the series finale.
Carlos Garcia tossed a perfect 3.0 innings, striking out two Blue Rocks in a no-decision. Evan McKendry (3-2) allowed three runs on two hits with two walks and a strikeout over 1.1 innings in a loss. Felipe allowed five runs on one hit with five walks and a strikeout over 1.0 innings out of the bullpen. Chris Gau tossed 1.2 scoreless frames while allowing three hits with three strikeouts. Trevor Brigden worked the eighth, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits.
Notes: Qsar leads the team with 17 homers this season… He’s tied with Witherspoon for the most homers in a Hot Rods career… McKendry logged his first pickoff of the season during the fourth inning… It’s the fifth pickoff for a Hot Rods player and the fourth by a pitcher in 2021… Bowling Green has struck out 10 or more times in 16 of the last 17 games… They K’d in 5 of the six games against Wilmington… Sunday marked the team’s third-straight day with a homer… BG finishes their road trip 9-3… The Hot Rods have a league-wide off day on Monday… Tuesday starts a six-game series as Bowling Green welcomes in the Greenville Drive… 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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