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Bowling Green Drops Series Final against Wilmington 7-5

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June 2, 2024 – South Atlantic League (SAL)
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Bowling Green, Kentucky – Elis Barreat and Brayden Taylor hit long balls to boost the Bowling Green Hot Rods’ (27-24) offense, but their efforts fell short, losing the series finale to the Wilmington Blue Rocks (24-25 ) on Sundays at Bowling Green Baseball Field.

Wilmington struck in the top of the first inning while facing Hot Rods starter Duncan Davitt. Phillip Glasser and Viandel Pena scored back-to-back singles to start the match. Glasser scored on a double by Jeremy De La Rosa, putting Wilmington ahead 1-0.

Bowling Green responded in the bottom of the first, facing Bryan Caceres for the Blue Rocks. Brayden Taylor singled and advanced to third base on a single by Xavier Isaac. Taylor crossed home on a double steal to tie the game at 1-1.

The Blue Rocks broke the tie in the top of the third inning with Davitt still on the mound. Glasser singled and scored on a double by Daylen Lile, giving Wilmington the lead back 2-1.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Bowling Green scored a pair of runs against Caceres. Jhon Diaz walked and stole second base to open the inning, scoring on a two-run blast to right field from Elis Barreat, making it a 3-2 Hot Rods lead.

Wilmington regained the lead in the top of the sixth inning opposite Bowling Green reliever Jackson Lancaster. Pena singled, stole second base and was brought in on a home run by De La Rosa to right field, making it 4-3 Wilmington.

The score changed hands again in the bottom of the seventh. Barreat singled to open the inning and scored on a Brayden Taylor two-run home run to right center, giving Bowling Green the lead again, 5-4.

Wilmington scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning opposite Hot Rods reliever Drew Sommers. The big inning for the Blue Rocks was highlighted by a single by De La Rosa, who hit one and scored another on a throwing error by Jhon Diaz in right field, giving the Blue Rocks another lead, 7-5. The Blue Rocks held their own the rest of the way, defeating the Hot Rods 7-5.

Wilmington RHP Miguel Gomez (2-1) picked up the win after 1.1 innings of work, allowing no hits and no runs while striking out two. Sommers (2-2) was tagged with the loss after 1.0 inning of work, giving up four hits and three runs. Wander Arias (1) picked up his first save of the season after pitching a scoreless ninth inning, giving up one hit and striking out two.

Bowling Green will enjoy a day off Monday before traveling to Asheville, North Carolina to take on the Tourists in a six-game series. The first game is scheduled for Tuesday with first pitch scheduled for 5:35 PM CT.

Fans can catch all the action by watching on MiLB.tv, listening via the MiLB First Pitch App and BGHotRods.com. Fans can also secure their seats for future home Hot Rods games by calling (270) 901-2121, visiting the Bowling Green Ballpark box office during normal business hours or visiting www.bghotrods.com.

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