Bowling Green, Ky. – Ty Young launched a pair of two-run home runs, and Chris Kirsch threw seven innings and allowed just one run as the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Class-A/Tampa Bay Rays) stretched their winning streak to four games with a 7-2 triumph over the Lansing
Lugnuts (Toronto Blue Jays) at Bowling Green Ballpark on Friday night.
Young settled a two-out rally in the first to give Bowling Green the early advantage. With two outs, Oscar Hernandez kept the inning alive with a single through the left side. Young followed with a blast that went just to the left of the scoreboard in right-center field, and the Hot Rods raced out to a 2-0 lead.
After the Lugnuts got on the board in the fourth, Bowling Green expanded the lead to 5-1 in the fifth. Singles by Darryl George, Spencer Edwards, and Pat Blair loaded the bases, and two outs later, Armando Araiza drew a walk to force home George. Juniel Querecuto then lashed a single that hit umpire Richard Riley, which forced the play dead and allowed Edwards to come home. The frame was capped when James Harris singled to left field, plating Blair.
Young’s second blast provided zero doubt its final stopping place. His towering blast came once again with Hernandez aboard, and it left the ballpark and landed just beyond the back of the right-field bullpen outside. Lansing would add a run late, but it was not nearly enough to overcome the Hot Rods, who registered the 7-2 victory.
Kirsch (4-6) tied a career and season-high with seven innings, and he limited the Lugnuts to just one run on six hits. He also set a new season-high with seven strikeouts, and issued one free pass. The effort lowered his earned run average to 3.04.
Lansing starter Brent Powers (2-3) conceded two runs in four innings and was handed the loss. Alonzo Gonzalez replaced him, and he gave up three runs on four hits while recording only two outs out of the bullpen.
Bowling Green has now established a four-game winning streak, and they’ll try to extend it to five on Saturday night. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. CT, and gates will open at 6 p.m. CT. The first 1,000 fans to the ballpark will receive a special Hot Rods tote bag, courtesy of GFS Marketplace. For tickets and more information, fans can visit BGHotRods.com, call 270-901-2121, or visit the Bowling Green Ballpark box office.