Comstock Park, MI - The Taylor Guerrieri-led Bowling Green Hot Rods (8-4, 46-34) defeated the West Michigan Whitecaps (5-7, 38-44) 6-1 on Monday afternoon at Fifth Third Ballpark in the greater-Grand Rapids area. Guerrieri earned his sixth win of the season with six shutout innings, and Luke Maile recorded three hits and two runs batted in. The win secures a sweep over the Whitecaps and a 5-1 road trip.
Entering with a 16.2 inning scoreless streak, Guerrieri battled through the first three innings when he allowed a leadoff single to the Whitecaps in each frame. However, two double plays and a caught stealing helped Guerrieri settle in to the outing.
In the top of the third inning, Tommy Coyle drew a one-out walk, which was followed by Tyler Goeddel's second single of the game. After a balk sent the runners to second and third base, Maile lined a double into the left field corner to clear the bases, putting the Hot Rods into a 2-0 lead.
The Hot Rods then scored single runs in the top of the fifth and sixth innings, which were both set up by leadoff singles. Leonardo Reginatto's fifth-inning single was followed by another Edgar De La Rosa balk. Coyle then lined a single to right field to score Reginatto. In the sixth, Patrick Leonard's line-drive double to left field scored Marty Gantt to make it 4-0 Hot Rods.
Guerrieri efficiently moved through the Whitecap offense and worked his first 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the fifth. West Michigan made Guerrieri work to keep his scoreless innings streak alive in the bottom of the sixth inning. A one-out double was followed by a two-out hit by pitch, but Guerrieri forced Connor Harrell into a line out to shortstop to end the inning and his outing.
The Rays #2 overall prospect (according to MLB.com) has now won three of four starts and possesses the longest scoreless innings streak of any Hot Rods pitcher this season. At 22.2 scoreless innings, Guerrieri has not allowed a run since a two-run home run by South Bend's Breland Almadova on June 2 at Bowling Green Ballpark.