Hot Rods Outlast Dragons in Extras

By: Hank Fuerst, Hot Rods Media Relations
By: Hank Fuerst, Hot Rods Media Relations

Dayton, OH – The Bowling Green Hot Rods (10-6, 48-36) plated three runs in the top of the tenth inning Friday night to win 4-1 over the Dayton Dragons (7-9, 36-50) at Fifth Third Field. Andrew Toles scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch by Dragons pitcher Alejandro Chacin. Leonardo Reginatto and Justin O’Conner each had three hits for the Hot Rods, who have won six of eight games.

In the top of the second inning, the Hot Rods scored the game’s first run. Justin O’Conner singled to left field on Drew Cisco’s first pitch of the frame and was able to reach third base when Marty Gantt singled in the next at bat. With Joey Rickard at the plate, Gantt then stole second base. When catcher Joe Hudson’s throw was sent into centerfield, O’Conner scored from third to give the Hot Rods the early 1-0 advantage.

After the Dragons tied the score at one apiece in the bottom of the fourth, the game entered a stretch of five straight scoreless innings. Reinaldo Lopez allowed one run in six frames for the second straight start in the no decision. With the Hot Rods offense having a hard time scoring, Marcus Jensen continued his successful 2013 season with three scoreless innings of relief, sending the game to extras.

It was the top of the tenth inning when the Hot Rods were finally able to break through for some offense. With one out and the bases loaded, Toles raced home on the Chacin wild pitch to give the Hot Rods the lead. Goeddel then followed with a single up the middle to score two runners. Jose Molina preserved the Hot Rods 4-1 lead with a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth to earn his second save of the season.

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