Bowling Green, Ky. - The Bowling Green Hot Rods used Jake Faria's one-hitter in game one, and an offensive outburst in game two to sweep a doubleheader from the South Bend Silver Hawks on Wednesday afternoon. The Hot Rods won game one 4-0, and were victorious in an offensive battle in game two, 13-7.
Faria (1-1) was dominant from the very first batter of game one. He entered the sixth inning having retired all 15 batters he faced, and a fly out by Joe Munoz brought him five outs from a seven-inning perfect game. Zach Esquerra broke up the bid for perfection with a double, but Faria retired the final five batters he faced to complete the shutout.
The right-hander out-pitched Top 100 prospect Braden Shipley to get the win. Faria struck out six batters over his seven frames, and lowered his earned run average to just 1.98 for the season. Esquerra's double was nearly caught by Hot Rods left fielder, Granden Goetzman. He made an all-out attempt as he dove in the gap, but the ball was just out of his reach.
The Hot Rods supported Faria early in game one when Armando Araiza doubled home Kean Wong to put Bowling Green up 1-0 after one inning of play. Their game one scoring was completed with three runs in the fourth, highlighted by a two-run single by Alexander Simon.
Game two went much differently, as the offenses battled much like they did in the series opener on Tuesday morning. The teams again combined for 20 runs, but the Hot Rods scored 13 of that total, including six runs in the fourth inning to push their lead to 11-2. South Bend would score five in the top of the sixth to cut the lead to 11-7, but the Hot Rods would hold on for the triumph.
In the fourth, the Hot Rods scored all that frames' runs without recording an out. Juniel Querecuto led off with a single, before being moved to second on a hit by Pat Blair. Darryl George doubled home Querecuto and moved Blair to third, and South Bend elected to intentionally walk Goetzman to load the bases. That setup Ty Young, who blasted Bowling Green's second grand slam of the season off the scoreboard in right field. Oscar Hernandez capped the inning home run following Young.
Jordan Harrison (1-1) worked into the sixth inning in game two to earn the victory. Blayne Weller (1-2) allowed five runs and was handed the loss. Shipley (1-2) got the loss in game one after allowing four runs, three of them earned, in five innings of work.