South Bend, Ind. – A night after using the sixth inning to their advantage, the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Class-A/Tampa Bay Rays) saw the tables turned on Thursday evening.
The South Bend Silver Hawks (Arizona Diamondbacks) plated seven runs in the bottom of the sixth to untie the game and take the 8-1 victory. The win evened the series at one game apiece, and sets up a pivotal rubber match Friday night.
The game was tied at one when the bottom of the sixth began with a single by Justin Williams. He would come in to score and give the Silver Hawks the lead when Jamie Westbrook followed with a triple. Michael Perez then hit a single to left-center field to send home
Westbrook. Later in the frame, with Perez and Marty Herum aboard, Andrew Velazquez reached on a fielder’s choice that also advanced Perez home and moved Herum to third. Fidel Pena followed with a bouncer up the middle. The play scored both Herum and Velazquez. The inning would be capped by the man who started it, as Williams would double home two more runs to finish the productive inning for South Bend.
Bowling Green’s night got off to a great start in the top of the first, as Willy Adames started the game off with a double that extended his hitting streak to eight games, just one shy of his season’s best. One out later, Adames would come home when Alexander Simon doubled to left-center field. The first-inning rally would be the only run to come across for the Hot Rods on the evening.
Velazquez tied the game for South Bend to lead-off the bottom of the third. He launched his ninth home run of the season over the left-center field fence to knot the contest at one.
Ryan Doran (4-0) benefited the most from the sixth-inning rally and received the win. He remained perfect as a Silver Hawk, and allowed just one run on six hits over six frames. He struck out four, and did not issue a free pass.
Bruedlin Suero (5-4) started for the Hot Rods and was present for most of the sixth inning’s scoring. He allowed seven runs, but just three were earned in the loss. He fanned four while walking one, but also conceded 10 hits.
The Hot Rods will look to rebound and take the series in the rubber match on Friday night. First pitch will be tossed at a special time of 6:35 p.m. CT. on 1340 WBGN – The Ticket, and the Pepsi Pre-Game Show will commence at 6:20 p.m. CT. The Hot Rods return to Bowling Green Ballpark for the final three regular-season games of the campaign on Saturday, August 30. For tickets and more information on the club, fans can logon to BGHotRods.com, call 270-901-2121, or visit the Bowling Green Ballpark box office.