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August 14, 2019 - Midwest League (MWL) - Bowling Green Hot Rods News Release

The Hot Rods remain tied atop the Eastern Division getting a series-win against the Great Lakes Loons in Midland, MI on Monday.

About Monday... The Bowling Green Hot Rods squared off in the rubber match of the series against the Great Lakes Loons. The Hot Rods got off to a big start right away, as Ford Proctor led off the game with a walk, then scored on a two-run homer by Jordan Qsar to give BG a quick lead. The Hot Rods were not done, though, as Chris Betts and Jonathan Aranda both drew walks, then scored when Loons right fielder Romer Cuardado dropped a fly ball, staking Bowling Green to a quick 4-0 lead. That lead held as Zach Trageton rolled through five scoreless innings of work, striking out a career-high nine batters without allowing a walk. Great Lakes struck for a run in the seventh off Nick Padilla, but Joel Peguero came out of the bullpen and recorded the last seven outs, securing a 4-1 victory, as well as series victory and a winning road trip.

No Road Woes Here... After struggling away from home through July and the first part of August, the Hot Rods enjoyed a 4-2 swing through the state of Michigan, taking series from both West Michigan and Great Lakes. Before this trip, the Hot Rods had won just one of their first six road series in the second half, going 9-10. For Bowling Green, who now is 30-30 on the road this season, won consecutive away series for the first time since defeating West Michigan May 20-23 and Lansing May 31-June 2. Yesterday also marked the first time the Hot Rods won multiple series on one trip since an Aril 18-24 trip through Great Lakes and Fort Wayne.

Awesome in August... While the Hot Rods are a couple of games above .500 with 12 games played in August, a trio of hitters has risen above the rest of the roster. Grant Witherspoon is off to a hot start in the final full month of the season. He's batting a team-best .323 this month with a homer and a triple while leading the team in doubles with five. Witherspoon had six RBIs and five walks in the month and owns a .417 OBP. Spoon also leads the Hot Rods with three stolen bases this month, half of the team's total. Ford Proctor is right behind him with a .316 batting average this month, having hit a home run to go along with four doubles, second-most on the team. He's also posted a .436 OBP. Jordan Qsar has supplied the power, batting .268 while launching four homers, driving in eight, and posting a .634 slugging percentage.

The Lowdown on Dayton... The Hot Rods open a three-game series against the Dayton Dragons, marking the final three of 19 matchups against the Dragons this season. The Hot Rods handled the Dragons in the first half, going 6-2 against their closest rival, but Dayton has got the upper hand since the All-Star break, winning five of eight against Bowling Green, giving the Hot Rods a 9-7 record overall against Dayton, though that mark is 6-2 at Bowling Green Ballpark. The Bowling Green offense has enjoyed Dayton pitching, batting .295 and averaging over five runs per contest, while swatting 13 homers, their second-most against one team. The pitching staff has also held their end nicely, posting a 3.35 ERA against the Dragons.

Movin' On Up... The Hot Rods made a transaction Wednesday, with pitcher Cristofer Ogando earning a promotion to the Class A Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs. The right-hander had gone 3-2 with a 2.61 ERA in 31 games out of the Bowling Green bullpen, where he posted six saves and struck out 65 batters over 51.2 innings. Ogando becomes the 12th Hot Rod to earn a promotion to Charlotte this season. In a corresponding move, pitcher Chris Muller returns to Bowling Green after briefly being reassigned to SS Hudson Valley.

The Tools to Succeed... Baseball America released its "Best Tools" list on Wednesday. Former Hot Rods shortstop Wander Franco picked up three wins, taking home "Best Batting Prospect", "Best Strike-Zone Judgement", and "Most Exciting Player" categories. Right-handed starter Alan Strong was voted as having the best control for any pitcher in the league as well. In total, 14 categories were won by current or former Hot Rods for the 2019 version of the list, which polls managers from every league in the minors who vote to select winners in each category.

Monday's Notes... Qsar homered for the second straight game in the series... He also had his sixth multi-RBI game of the season... It was his third two-RBI game... Trageton set a career-high with nine strikeouts... It surpasses his previous high of eight, which he reached twice... BG finishes its season series against the Loons with a 9-4 record... Qsar's homer was the team's 16th first-inning blast this season... It's the most of any inning... BG has hit 14 homers against the Loons, tied for the most against any team this year... BG is 9-4 on Mondays and 3-1 on the road on Mondays... They're 7-5 in the month of August and 5-3 on the road in August... Qsar's homer was the 10th of the month of August... The team has reached double-digit homers in every month of the 2019 season... BG is 30-30 on the road this season... They finish the road trip 4-2... BG is 14-7 in three-run games... The club is 22-8 in day games... They improve to 8-4 in the rubber game of a three-game set... Monday was the 48th time BG won a game in which they scored first this season... The Hot Rods are 13-38 when outhit by their opponent...

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