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Hot Rods Game Notes Season Finale

September 19, 2021 - High-A East League (High-A East) - Bowling Green Hot Rods News Release

The Hot Rods look to secure a victory in the regular-season finale. Today's game is the regular season finale with the High-A East Championship Series beginning on Tuesday in Greensboro, NC with a 5:35 PM CT first pitch.

Yesterday... The Bowling Green offense exploded in their 10-2 win over Wilmington on Saturday. Brett Wisely got the offense started in the first with a solo homer, and the offense never looked back. They scored nine runs between the third and sixth inning, jumping out to a 10-0 lead. The Blue Rocks scored two runs in the seventh, but Alan Strong and Angel Felipe had scoreless outings to close out the game with a 10-2 win.

Closing in on 200... Hot Rods hitters have combined for 197 home runs leading into the final game of the regular season. Bowling Green broke their single-season franchise record for home runs earlier this season. The previous record was 106 set back in 2011.

Top of the List... A new Hot Rods home run champion was crowned on Friday when Jordan Qsar sprinted around the bases for an inside-the-park home run. It was the 23rd four-bagger this year for Qsar, passing Derek Dietrich who set the record with 22 during the 2011season. Grant Witherspoon and Evan Edwards are looking to pass the mark themselves, both sitting at 22 long balls on the season.

The Series is Set... The Greensboro Grasshoppers secured their spot as Bowling Green's opponent in the High-A East Championship Series with a 5-2 win Thursday night. Greensboro has hit 178 homers, maintained a .257 team batting average, and posted a 4.71 team ERA. Jared Triolo and Nick Gonzalez occupy two of the top four spots in batting average in the High-A East. The Hot Rods had a .260 with a 4.00 team ERA, all while blasting a franchise-record 194 homers. Evan Edwards, Jordan Qsar, and Grant Witherspoon are all tied for third place in the High-A East with 22 homers. The series starts in Greensboro on September 21 with a 5:30 PM CT first pitch.

80 Wins... For the sixth time in franchise history, the Hot Rods have won 80 games in a season. Bowling Green racked up 80 wins during the 2019, 2018, 2016, 2013, and 2012 seasons, along with 2021.

Yesterday's Notes... All nine starters for the Hot Rods had at least one hit... Wisely had his ninth multi-hit game with Bowling Green... He also had his ninth multi-RBI performance... This is the fourth time with BG that he has had three RBIs in a game... Williams had his fourth multi-hit game with the Hot Rods... Infante collected his fourth multi-hit performance since joining Bowling Green... This was his first game with three hits... Trevino had multiple hits for the eighth time this year... The Hot Rods are 53-19 when scoring first... They are 57-4 when outhitting their opponents... The 10-2 win was the largest win since the Hot Rods beat Greensboro 10-0 on August 21st...

Now Pitching: Evan McKendry... Over the 2021 season, Mckendry has racked up 60 strikeouts. Lefties have struck out against McKendry at a rate of 11.2 K/9. Lefties have also hit 1.3 home runs per nine innings. His ERA against left-handed hitting is 5.60, compared to his 3.41 ERA against righties. Right-handed hitters are striking out at 6.2 K/9, but their batting average on balls in play is .235.

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