Hot Rods capture their first-ever Midwest League championship

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO)-- The Bowling Green Hot Rods dominated from start to finish in Sunday's game at Bowling Green Ballpark, winning their first-ever Midwest League championship, defeating the Peoria Chiefs 7-2.

BG won the best-of-five series three games

The Hot Rods jumped on Peoria in the first inning and never looked back. Vidal Brujan led off with a walk. Moises Gomez then followed with a line drive double to straightaway center, scoring Brujan from first, making it 1-0 Hot Rods.

Bowling Green blew the game open in the second, scoring five runs- their largest offensive inning of the postseason. They took advantage of two Peoria errors and sent nine batters to the plate. The inning was highlighted by RBI base knocks from Brujan, Taylor Walls, and Jim Haley, and it was 6-0 Hot Rods.

Trey Hair led off the bottom of the third inning with a line drive home run to right field, making it 7-0 Bowling Green.

Peoria scored twice in the top of the sixth on a two-run double from Dennis Ortega, but Bowling Green still led 7-2.

Tyler Day, Jhonleider Salinas, and Matt Seelinger closed out the game, combining for three innings of relief.

Paul Campbell earned the win, throwing six innings. He allowed just five hits and two runs, walking one and striking out four.

Resly Linares was named Playoff MVP.

The championship is the first for Bowling Green in franchise history. 2018 was their ninth in the Midwest League. The Hot Rods are the third Tampa Bay affiliate to win a League Championship in 2018, joining the Dominican Summer League Rays and the Durham Bulls.

The Hot Rods finished the postseason with a 7-1 record.