Facing a first-round starter and a Major League second baseman, the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Class-A/Tampa Bay Rays) charged out to a 6-0 lead after just two innings and defeated the Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati Reds) on Sunday, 10-4. Cincinnati’s Brandon Phillips played in his final rehab game, recording two hits including a double. Bowling Green now returns home for an important six-game homestand beginning Monday night.
Two-out rallies led to the early success for the Hot Rods. In the top of the first, Alexander Simon singled up the middle to keep the inning alive. Oscar Hernandez then blasted his ninth home run of the season off Reds first-rounder Nick Howard.
The Dragons would not go away quietly, but their rally in the seventh fell short despite cutting the deficit to 9-4. The Hot Rods would score an insurance run in the eighth when Duran singled home Edwards after he had tripled to left-center field. Duran finished the game with four hits, tying a franchise record and a Bowling Green season-high.
Bowling Green now returns home for an important six-game homestand beginning Monday night.