The Hot Rods have now won 18 times in 24 tries to begin the 2013 season.
Bowling Green, KY - Luke Maile hit his first home run of the season as the Bowling Green Hot Rods (18-6) blanked the Peoria Chiefs (10-12) 8-0 on Tuesday afternoon at Bowling Green Ballpark to secure the three-game series sweep. The Hot Rods were also led by starter Jeff Ames who allowed just one hit in his five innings of work. The win, Bowling Green's 18 in 24 tries to begin the season, caps a 6-2 homestand and the most successful month in Hot Rods franchise history.
Bowling Green's offense needed no time to wake up for Tuesday's 10:35 AM start time. After Ames worked a 1-2-3 first inning, the Hot Rods scored just two batters into their day at the plate. Tommy Coyle doubled into right-centerfield and was brought in on a Tyler Goeddel RBI triple one batter later. Goeddel scored later in the frame when Granden Goetzman singled with two outs.
Maile's first of four runs batted in came in the bottom of the third inning when he doubled to right field with two outs to score Andrew Toles from first base. Meanwhile on the mound, Ames was in a groove. The righty earned his third win in five starts to begin 2013, allowing just one hit in five innings. The Vancouver, WA, native retired nine of the final ten batters he faced and only allowed three base runners (2B, HBP, BB) on the day.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Maile connected on a three-run home run to left field to put the Hot Rods ahead 6-0. It was the former Kentucky Wildcat's first home run in a Hot Rods uniform. Maile finished the day with the homer, two doubles, and four RBI. Bowling Green added two more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to pad their large lead. The Hot Rods bullpen continued its stellar stretch as of late, shutting down the Chiefs hitters over the final four innings.
The Hot Rods have now won 18 times in 24 tries to begin the 2013 season. Not only is it the best start in team history, but the Hot Rods finish April 2013 as the most successful month in franchise history with a winning percentage of .818.