Ten Hits Aren’t Enough as the Hot Rods Fall 10-4
Basabe goes 3-for-4 but Dash seven-run fourth is Hot Rods undoing
Bowling Green, Kentucky– Osleivis Basabe is nearly perfect from the plate, but the Bowling Green Hot Rods (34-23) dropped the first game of their final homestand of the first half to the Winston-Salem Dash (31-27) by a score of 10-4 on Tuesday, at Bowling Green Ballpark. BG continues their series on Wednesday at 12:05 PM CT against the Dash.
Bowling Green got on the board first in the third inning, beginning with a leadoff double by Alexander Ovalles off of Matt Thompson. Ronny Simon doubled him in two batters later to give BG a one-run edge. Winston-Salem poured it on in the fourth, scoring seven runs on six hits, including a grand slam, all coming with two outs to give the Dash a 7-1 lead.
BG got two back in the sixth inning, which also began with a leadoff double by Basabe. Kyle Manzardo doubled to follow him up, moving Basabe to third. Diego Infante moved the runners up with a ground out to third, scoring Basabe to cut the deficit to 7-2. Tanner Murray slapped a single to left to drive Manzardo home and bring the score to 7-3, but the Dash got one back on an RBI single in the seventh to bring their lead to 8-3.
BG kept chipping away, adding another run in the eighth inning off of Dash reliever Luis Amaya. The two-out rally began on Simon’s double down the left field line, after Basabe walked, Manzardo grounded a single into right, and Simon slid home ahead of Adam Hackenberg’s tag to cut the Dash’s lead to 8-4. The Dash fought back in the top of the eighth, adding two more in the top of the frame to bring their lead to 10-4.
Patrick Wicklander (0-4) earned the loss in 3.2 innings of work, allowing seven runs on six hits with a strikeout and two walks. Nomar Rojas pitched 3.1 frames in relief, allowing one run on four hits with one strikeout. Cameron Leonard allowed two runs in 1.0 inning on two hits with one strikeout. Graeme Stinson pitched a scoreless ninth in his only inning of work.
Notes: Basabe extended his hit-streak to five straight games… He also tied infant for the most three-hit games with five… His on-base streak of 11-straight games is tied for the 6th-longest active streak in the SAL… Seven of the team’s 10 hits came from the first three hitters in the Hot Rods’ order… The Hot Rods and Dash continue their series at Bowling Green Ballpark on Wednesday, June 15, with first pitch set for 12:05 PM CT… Hot Rods LH Mason Montgomery (2-2, 1.69) faces off against Dash RH Andrew Dalquist (2-3, 5.72) in the afternoon game Fans can listen to the game on Talk 104.1 FM and 930 AM WKCT beginning with the Hot Rods Warmup Show at 11:50 AM 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