Hot Rods Game Notes
The game is the second contest of the series with the Hot Rods a half-game behind Lake County for the first-half wild card spot in the Eastern division.
About Yesterday... The Bowling Green Hot Rods looked to extend their hitting streak to five game as they began a three-game series against the Fort Wayne TinCaps, but couldn't pull it off. Miller Hogan made his first start of the year for the Hot Rods and retired the first five men he faced. However, with two outs in the second, Justin Lopez connected for a solo homer, giving the TinCaps an early lead. Hogan settled down nicely, though, retiring the final ten batters he saw, allowing just two hits and the one run in 5.0 innings of work. However, his offense couldn't come through, stranding two men on base in the sixth, then failing to cash in after putting runners on the corners with nobody out in the seventh. Fort Wayne extended the lead with a run in the eighth and two in the ninth off Joel Peguero and held the Hot Rods to just three hits as they blanked Bowling Green 4-0.
June Swoon Continues for Offense... Bowling Green was held to just three hits (their second-fewest this season) as they were blanked for the sixth time this year. After batting a league-best .268 and scoring 4.77 runs per game in May, the offense has sputtered to begin the month of June, batting just .207 (fourth-lowest in the league) and tallying just 3.5 runs per contest. On the flip side, the Hot Rods have still gone 6-4 in that stretch, thanks to a pitching staff that has posted a 2.52 ERA this month (fourth in the MWL) and has allowed the fewest total runs (25), walks (15), tallied the lowest WHIP (0.94), and is the only team that has not yet hit a batter yet in June.
Miller's Time to Shine... Miller Hogan took his first turn in the Bowling Green starting rotation on Tuesday night, filling the spot vacated when Shane McClanahan was promoted to Class A-Advanced Charlotte. Despite taking a tough-luck loss, the right-hander's first start of the season was a success, allowing one run on just two hits, while striking out five. In the process, Hogan tied his career highs in both innings pitched and strikeouts in a game. This season, he's put up a 1.83 ERA in 19.2 innings pitched over seven games with Bowling Green, contributing to a lengthy run of excellence for the Hot Rods pitching staff that has continued despite seeing four pitchers promoted to Charlotte since May 8. This season, Bowling Green has put up a 3.40 ERA that ranks fourth in the league, though the starters have been even better, tallying a 3.02 mark that is second behind only Kane County.
Looking at the Playoff Picture... The Hot Rods saw their four-game winning streak end on Tuesday night, dropping their record to 38-27, good for a .585 win percentage. The loss also dropped the Hot Rods back to third place, half a game behind the Lake County Captains, who defeated the Great Lakes Loons last night. The Hot Rods remain 3.5 games back of Great Lakes. The South Bend Cubs are the only other team in the division who haven't been eliminated and with a loss yesterday are four-games behind BG for the final first-half playoff spot, though they have lost five games in a row.
Yesterday's Notes... Franco has a 17-game on-base streak...Hogan set a season-high and tied his career best with 5.0 innings pitched...His five strikeouts were also his most this season and tie a career high...After starting the season with seven-consecutive scoreless innings, Peguero has allowed runs in back-to-back outings...BG was shut out for the shut out for the sixth time this season...The Hot Rods are 12-8 in series openers...Bowling Green is now 7-5 in two-run games...BG fell to 5-20 when being outhit by their opponents... They also are 13-16 when the opponent scores first...The Hot Rods are 32-18 against right-handed starters...BG is 22-11 at home...
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