Bowling Green, Ky. – Two home runs from Oscar Hernandez helped propel the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Class-A/Tampa Bay Rays) to a 6-4 win over the Great Lakes Loons (Los Angeles Dodgers) on Sunday afternoon, completing the three-game sweep. The Hot Rods finished the seven-game homestand with a 6-1 record, and Bowling Green has now won 10 of their last 14 games.
Hernandez wasted no time putting the Hot Rods on the board, as he sent the first pitch he saw in the second inning to the back of the Bowling Green bullpen in left field. One out later, Yoel Araujo doubled to left, and then stole third base. Pat Blair would later drive him home with a single to center field.
Granden Goetzman entered Sunday second in the Midwest League in total bases, and he touched them all when he blasted a solo home run to left field in the third to extend the Hot Rods lead to 3-0.
Blair pushed the Bowling Green lead to five in the fourth. Alexander Simon led off the frame with an infield single, and Blair followed with a home run to the Hot Rods bullpen in left.
The bottom of the sixth began like the second, as Hernandez sent his second home run of the game near the clubhouse beyond left-center field. The solo shot stretched the Hot Rods lead to 6-0.
Great Lakes would rally and score four in the ninth, highlighted by a run-scoring single by Kyle Farmer, but they would get no closer than two runs despite bringing the tying run to the plate twice in the ninth.
Blake Snell (2-2) threw six shutout innings to earn his second victory of the season. He only walked two batters, and struck out three while limiting the Loons to four hits. It’s the second time this season Snell has tossed six scoreless innings in a start.
Luis Chirinos (2-2) started for Great Lakes and allowed three runs over three innings to be handed the loss. James Baune followed with three innings of his own, allowing the final three runs for Bowling Green.
The Hot Rods now embark on a six-game road trip, beginning Monday night in South Bend, Ind. against the Silver Hawks (Arizona Diamondbacks). First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. CT, and fans can follow the action on the radio home of the Hot Rods, 1340 WBGN – The Ticket. The Pepsi Pre-Game Show will get underway at 5:50 p.m. CT.