South Bend, IN – Joey Rickard hit his fifth home run of the season as the Bowling Green Hot Rods (4-4, 42-34) fell to the South Bend Silver Hawks (4-4, 49-28) 4-2 on Thursday night at Coveleski Stadium. The Silver Hawks used a pair of solo home runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie in the win. Blake Snell allowed one run in five innings in a no decision, and Leonardo Reginatto stayed hot with two hits.
A Brandon Drury two-out single in the first inning placed the Silver Hawks into an early 1-0 lead. The Hot Rods did not score until Rickard’s two-run home run in the top of the fifth. Reginatto started the brief, two-run rally with a single to right field. Rickard then followed with his fifth home run of the season on a high fly ball that just cleared the wall in left field. All of Rickard’s home runs this season have occurred away from Bowling Green Ballpark.
South Bend tied the score in the bottom of the sixth inning when Drury doubled with one out and later scored on a two-out wild pitch. The Silver Hawks then struck two solo home runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, helping them on their way to the win, evening the series at one game apiece to set up a rubber match on Friday night.
The three-game series at Coveleski Stadium in South Bend wraps up on Friday night at 6:05 PM CDT. The pitching matchup for the series finale is as follows: RHP Dylan Floro (6-2, 2.08) for Bowling Green and RHP Brandon Sinnery (4-3, 3.30) for South Bend. Join Hank Fuerst for the Forever Communications Pregame Show at 5:35 PM CDT on the Hot Rods Radio Network (1340 “The Ticket” WBGN-AM and 1340WBGN.com).
The Hot Rods will return home for a two-game homestand on July 2 and 3 at Bowling Green Ballpark with the Dayton Dragons. Citizens First is sponsoring Kids Get In Free Day in the opener. The finale will feature Bowling Green’s All-You-Can-East Wednesday promotion and July 3 Fireworks courtesy of IGA.
For more information and to secure your tickets, call the Hot Rods Ticket Office at (270) 901-2121 or head online to BGHotRods.com.