Bowling Green, Ky. – Jake Faria recorded a season-high eight strikeouts as he stifled the Dayton Dragons (Class-A/Cincinnati Reds) for six innings, but the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Tampa Bay Rays) were unable to hold the lead as Dayton rallied for two runs in the seventh and five in the eighth for an 8-5 victory.
The contest started off well for the Hot Rods, as they pushed across the game’s first four runs. Juniel Querecuto led off the bottom of the first inning with a double, and he would later come around to score when Ariel Soriano reached on an error by Carlton Daal.
In the second, Oscar Hernandez led off with a base hit for Bowling Green, and Yoel Araujo followed by reaching on another Daal error. That setup Alexander Simon, who blasted a three-run home run over the right field bullpen to expand the Hot Rods lead to 4-0 after just two innings of play.
Faria was dominant outside of giving up one run in the fourth inning. He retired the Dragons in order in four of his six innings, and struck out eight to just one walk. The Midwest League All-Star limited the Dragons to just three hits, and left with a 5-1 advantage.
The Dragons brought the came closer with two runs in the seventh. Daniel Pigott doubled to start the frame, and he moved up to third base on Avain Rachal’s single. Jon Matthews then drove home Pigott, and Daal would later plate Rachal to trim the Bowling Green lead to just 5-3.
Five runs in the eighth propelled Dayton to the victory.
Phil Ervin led off with a single, and one out later he scored when Pigott hit another double to right-center field. Tanner Rahier reached on a fielding error by Araujo, and the play moved Pigott to third base. Rachal then drove home Pigott with a single to tie the game. The comeback was completed when a wild pitch scored Rahier. Two more runs were added on singles by Daal and Sammy Diaz. The big inning gave the game its final margin of 8-5.
Joel Bender (2-0) worked the seventh inning for Dayton and he picked up the win. Alejandro Chacin tossed two scoreless innings to record the save, and both were in relief of starter Nick Travieso. Travieso allowed five runs, but just two earned, on six hits in six innings.
Aaron Griffin (3-4) entered the game in place of Faria and was handed the loss.
The Hot Rods will continue their homestand by opening a three-game series with Fort Wayne (San Diego Padres) on Saturday night. The first 1,000 fans will receive the official team card set! Tickets and more information can be obtained at BGHotRods.com, by calling 270-901-2121, or by visiting the Bowling Green Ballpark box office.