Bowling Green, KY - Led by nine hits from the bottom third of the order, the Bowling Green Hot Rods (5-2) beat the Lansing Lugnuts (3-4) 10-1 on Wednesday at Bowling Green Ballpark, earning the first-ever sweep of Lansing. Four Hot Rods produced three-hit games as the offense recorded a season-high ten runs and 16 hits. Starter Blake Snell struck out a career high nine men and fell one out shy of qualifying for his first Hot Rods win.
For the second straight contest, the Lugnuts used a solo home run in the top of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead only to see the Hot Rods rally and take a commanding lead. After tying the score at one apiece in the second, the Bowling Green offense scored four times in the bottom of the third to chase Lansing starter Taylor Cole from the contest. In the four-run frame, Ryan Dunn, Marty Gantt, and Ben Kline all produced RBI singles.
The Hot Rods were clicking on the mound as well. Blake Snell struck out the side in two of his four completed innings and allowed just three hits following the Lansing solo shot in the top of the first. Marcus Jensen picked up where Snell left off with two outs in the fifth, going on to retire eight of ten Lugnut hitters to earn his first win of the season and his first win in a Hot Rods uniform.
The Hot Rods offense was at it again in the bottom of the seventh inning, scoring three more times. After singles by Dunn and Gantt, Kline doubled them both home. Dunn, Gantt, and Kline, Bowling Green's number seven, eight, and nine hitters, finished the night nine for 12, driving in six runs. Andrew Toles also had three more hits in the win.
Shay Crawford hurled the final inning and two-thirds to help preserve the Hot Rods fourth straight win and first-ever sweep of the Lansing Lugnuts. The win also marks the first time in franchise history that the Hot Rods have swept a home-opening series at Bowling Green Ballpark.