Bowling Green, KY – Josh Sale hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to assist in the 5-4 win for the Bowling Green Hot Rods (23-18) over the Dayton Dragons (14-27) in front of 3,927 fans on Thursday night at Bowling Green Ballpark. Sale’s fourth home run in his first 11 games with the Hot Rods stretches his team’s winning streak to four straight. Jason McEachern also grabbed his first professional save in the team’s fourth straight win.
For the second time in as many nights in the series, the Dragons took the first lead of the game. Hot Rod starter Jake Floethe allowed a run in each of the first two innings to the Dragons. Bowling Green did not score until the bottom of the fourth when Todd Glaesmann tripled and then scored on the Jeff Malm sacrifice fly.
Still trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Hot Rods used another two-out rally to their advantage. Malm began the rally with a walk, which was followed by singles from Glaesmann and Cameron Seitzer. Sale came to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded. The lefty lined a 3-2 pitch out of the ballpark and on to Seventh Avenue for his second three-run home run of this homestand. In just 11 games in a Hot Rods uniform, Sale has hit four home runs and has driven in 11 runs.
Late in the ball game, Hot Rods relievers Stayton Thomas and Jason McEachern were able to keep the Dragons at bay despite both allowing one run in two innings. Thomas, who grabbed his first win with the Hot Rods, and McEachern both pitched out of jams where the tying run was in scoring position.
The win improves Bowling Green to 5-1 on the homestand and continues a streak of seven unbeaten series at home to begin the 2012 season. Including last Friday’s win over first-place Lansing, the Hot Rods have won six of seven games and have a one game lead over South Bend for the final playoff spot in the Midwest League’s Eastern Division.