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Witherspoon Homers in 2-0 Win on Thursday

June 20, 2019 - Midwest League (MWL) - Bowling Green Hot Rods News Release

South Bend, IN - Grant Witherspoon hit his eighth home run of the season in a 2-0 win over the South Bend Cubs on Thursday night at Four Winds Field in South Bend, IN. The Hot Rods improve are 1-0 in the second half and 40-31 overall. Bowling Green and South Bend continue their four-game series on Friday with a 6:35 PM CDT first pitch.

After four scoreless innings, Bowling Green plated the first run of the game against South Bend starter Derek Casey. Roberto Alvarez doubled to right on the first pitch of the inning and went to third when Russ Olive grounded out to second. Beau Brundage singled to right, plating Alvarez to give the Hot Rods a 1-0 lead.

In the sixth, All-Star Witherspoon rudely greeted Cubs reliever Brendan King. Witherspoon led off the inning for the Hot Rods and in a 1-1 count, drove the third pitch he saw over the right-field wall to make it a 2-0 game. Witherspoon's eighth homer of the year sailed past the scoreboard and landed on top of a bounce house on the stadium concourse. Cristopher Sanchez threw four scoreless innings out of the bullpen to close out a 2-0 shutout victory to kick off the second-half of the season.

Miller Hogan (1-1) allowed three hits over his five-shutout innings with three strikeouts in a win. Sanchez earned a save after four shutout innings, allowing two hits and a walk with six strikeouts.

Notes: Hogan tied his career-high with five innings of work... It's the third time he's done so... He also tied his season-high in hits allowed with three... Alvarez has a four-game hit streak... Proctor has a three-game hitting streak... Brundage snapped a seven-game hitless stretch... Olive and Jordan Qsar both had a hit in their first game for the Hot Rods... Witherspoon had his 16th multi-hit game of the season... The Hot Rods are 5-6 in shutouts this season... BG earned their second win of the season against South Bend on Thursday and are 2-5 in the season series... Sanchez tied a season-high with six strikeouts... South Bend's Tyler Durna had three of the Cubs' five hits... The Hot Rods continue their four-game series with the South Bend Cubs on Friday with a 6:35 PM CDT first pitch... Bowling Green will send LH Matthew Liberatore (5-0, 1.85) to the mound to face South Bend RH Peyton Remy (2-3, 3.70).

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