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August 15, 2019 - Midwest League (MWL) - Bowling Green Hot Rods News Release

About Last Night... The Bowling Green Hot Rods began a three-game series with the Dayton Dragons and immediately the game was dominated by pitching. Shane Baz and Dayton starter Adrian Rodriguez traded zeroes through the early innings. In the fifth, Baz worked out of a bases-loaded jam to keep the game tied while Rodriguez was lifted from the contest after allowing two runners to reach with one out in the fifth. No one scored though, and the game remained scoreless into the later innings. Bowling Green loaded the bases in the bottom of the eighth, but Jonathan Aranda lined out to center to end the inning, sending the game into extra innings still with no runs on the board. In the 11th, Dayton finally broke through, as Morgan Lofstrom singled home Miguel Hernandez with two outs for the game's first run. BG responded, though, as Chris Betts reached on a throwing error with one out, allowing Ruben Cardenas to score the tying run, sending the game to the 12th. In the 12th, the Dragons pulled ahead once and for all, as a Seaver Whalen throwing error brought home two runs, with another run coming home on a groundout. Bowling Green failed to mount a rally in the bottom of the frame and fell 4-1.

That Took Awhile... The 12-inning contest between Bowling Green and Dayton marked the Hot Rods second-longest game by both innings and time this year, lasting 4:11. The only longer contest this season was a 13-inning affair at Great Lakes on April 18 that elapsed 4:32. For Bowling Green, Wednesday's game was the longest by innings at Bowling Green Ballpark since April 21, 2017, when the Hot Rods also dropped a 12-inning game against Dayton. Time-wise, the Hot Rods played their longest home game since a 4:16, 11-inning affair against Peoria on July 22, 2017. Additionally, this was the first time since the implementation of Minor League Baseball's extra-innings tiebreaking procedure in 2018 that Bowling Green has played more than one extra frame at home.

Scoreless History... With the extended game, the Hot Rods did accomplish a few franchise milestones. as yesterday was the first time since April 18, 2018 (a seven-inning game) that Bowling Green had played a scoreless game through regulation. Furthermore, Wednesday was just the third time in franchise history that the Hot Rods had engaged in a scoreless affair through nine innings, with the other two occurrences being on May 31 and June 15, 2012. However, both 2012 contests ended in ten innings, making last night the first game in Hot Rods history to reach the 11th inning without a single run scored. Lastly, all four Dayton runs scored last night were unearned, allowing the Hot Rods to set a franchise record of 12 innings pitched without allowing an earned run in a game.

Rock-Solid Starters... While the Hot Rods fell to 7-6 in August with a loss last night, the first 13 games of the month have been productive for the Bowling Green starting rotation, with Shane Baz most recently contributing 5.0 scoreless innings yesterday. With his performance, Hot Rods starters have now posted a 2.22 ERA this month, going 4-2. Additionally, the starting rotation has gone deep into games, as 11 of the 13 starters this month have gone at least 5.0 innings, with the only exceptions being two starts made by reliever Nathan Witt as an opener. On the season, starting pitching has been a calling card for the Hot Rods, as Bowling Green starters have posted a 3.20 ERA, the second-lowest in the Midwest League, while going 43-26, giving the Hot Rods rotation the most wins and the highest winning percentage (.623)in the league. The rotation has also worked a league-high 623.2 innings, an average of 5.15 frames per start.

Bootleggers Are Back... Tonight marks the penultimate Bootlegger Thursday for Bowling Green this season. After dropping four-straight Bootlegger Thursday contests, the Bootleggers finally broke through last time out, earning a victory over Fort Wayne on July 25. Their only other win on a Bootlegger Thursday came way back on April 25 against Lansing. Additionally, BG took the Battle of the Barrel matchup at Peoria back on May 3 wearing the Bootlegger jerseys. All-time, Bowling Green holds a 7-4 record under the alternate Bootleggers moniker, though they are just 3-4 this season.

Yesterday's Notes... Aranda has a six-game hitting streak...Alvarez has 28 multi-hit contests...Proctor walked three times, tying his season and career-high (also June 22 at South Bend)...Qsar set a season-high and tied a career-high with four strikeouts...Baz recorded his fourth scoreless start, his first since June 22 at South Bend...The Hot Rods were 0-for-17 with runners in scoring position...This was the third time in franchise history (also May 31 and June 15, 2012) that the Hot Rods have been played a scoreless game through nine innings...The 12-inning contest is the second-longest by innings this season...BG is 39-22 at home this season... The Hot Rods are 14-8 in three-run games...Bowling Green is 5-6 in extra-inning games...BG is 22-16 in the first game of a series... The Hot Rods are 13-39 when outhit by their opponent...

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