Bowling Green, Ky. – Ty Young homered and Oscar Hernandez compiled four hits as the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Class-A/Tampa Bay Rays) dominated the Great Lakes Loons (Los Angeles Dodgers) on Saturday night, 8-1. The Hot Rods improved to 5-1 on the homestand, and have now won nine of their last 13 games.
German Marquez (1-1) and Aaron Griffin combined to limit the Loons to just one run one night after the Bowling Green pitching staff hurled a shutout. Marquez worked five scoreless innings with a season-high five strikeouts to earn the win. Griffin tossed the final four innings and limited the Loons to just one run. He recorded his first save of the season and struck out three opposing hitters.
The Hot Rods offense got off to a hot start in the second inning. Hernandez knocked the first of his hits with one out, and trotted home when Young blasted his second home run of the year to the right-field bullpen.
Granden Goetzman, who had three hits in the game, helped Bowling Green plate the third run of the game in the third. Juniel Querecuto led off with a single that extended his hitting streak to a season-high eight games. Two outs later and after Querecuto stole second base, Goetzman blooped a double to right field to drive in Querecuto.
Bowling Green added two more runs in the fourth. Hernandez led off with a double to right field, and then scored when Yoel Araujo singled to left field. Alexander Simon would double home Araujo from first base to cap the inning, and stretch the Hot Rods lead to 5-0.
Great Lakes would get on the board for the first time this series when Jesmuel Valentin hit a solo home run off Griffin in the seventh inning.
The Hot Rods would avenge the lone run scored by the Loons with three more of their own in the eighth. Goetzman started the rally with a double, and moved to third on Ariel Soriano’s single. Hernandez followed with a ground-rule double to left field that scored Goetzman and moved Soriano to third. Two outs later, Querecuto singled to center field to drive home both Soriano and Hernandez. The rally gave the game its final margin of 8-1.
Loons starter Victor Arano (2-1) only lasted four innings in the loss. He allowed five runs on eight hits.
Bowling Green will try and sweep Great Lakes in the series finale on Sunday afternoon. It will also be the finale of the seven-game homestand, and a Family Sundae. Select ice cream will be half-price, and kids will be able to run the bases just like the Hot Rods after the game, thanks to Smucker’s Uncrastables. First pitch is at 2:05 p.m., and gates at Bowling Green Ballpark will open at 1 p.m.