Game #26 of 140: 5/3 at Peoria

Another night, another game to avenge a tough loss on the road.

To open up a six-game roadtrip and a three-game series at Dozer Park, the Hot Rods fell short by a score of 5-4 to the Peoria Chiefs on Monday.

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For the Hot Rods, the one-run loss was their fourth away from Bowling Green Ballpark this season.

They look to get on the right track tonight against the Chiefs at 6:30 p.m.

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BOWLING GREEN HOT RODS GAME NOTES

 Bowling Green Hot Rods (12-13, 12-13) vs. Peoria Chiefs (10-14, 10-14)

  RHP Roel Ramirez (2-1, 7.24 ERA) vs. RHP Jake Woodford (0-3, 3.80 ERA)

 Bowling Green Hot Rods – Class-A Affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

 Game #26 of #140 – 6:30 p.m.

 Dozer Park – Peoria, IL

Last Game: Starting up a three-game series at Dozer Park and a six-game stint away from Bowling Green Ballpark, the Bowling Green Hot Rods fell short of the Peoria Chiefs by a score of 5-4 on Monday night. The Hot Rods are now 4-9 away from Southcentral Kentucky this season.

 

NEWS AND NOTES   

Hot Rods Roster Breakdown: Of the 25 men on the Hot Rods roster, four of the players on the Hot Rods roster have converted to new positions, with Brett Sullivan converting from third base to catcher, Taylor Hawkins converting from catcher to a knuckleball pitcher, Joe McCarthy converted to first base from the outfield and Jake Cronenworth converting to shortstop full-time after spending the majority of his first pro season and college career at University of Michigan at either second or third base.

Baseball Prospectus: According to MLB.com, the Hot Rods have two of the Rays top-30 prospects in the organization. Those players are 3B Kevin Padlo (#21) and Mujica (#27). Padlo came over from the Rockies this past offseason in the trade that sent big league closer Jake McGee and former Hot Rods pitcher German Marquez to Colorado with standout outfielder Corey Dickerson heading over to the Rays. A Rockies 5th round pick in 2014, Padlo was named a 2015 Northwest League all-star last season with the Boise Hawks. Aside from Padlo and Mujica, both OF Zacrey Law (w/Princeton – Appalachian League) and Cronenworth (w/Hudson Valley – NY/Penn League) were named the MVP of their respective teams last year.

Meet the Coaches: For the second straight year, Reinaldo Ruiz will be the manager of the Hot Rods. Ruiz, 36, went 69-69 in his first year as a Midwest League skipper. Joining Ruiz for another season is pitching coach Bill Moloney, who is returning for his third season overall in his second stint with Bowling Green. Moloney was also the pitching coach in Port Charlotte (High-A, Rays) in 2013 following his first season with the Hot Rods. Rounding out the coaching staff is hitting coach Manny Castillo, a longtime fixture in the Rays organization. Castillo is returning for his second stint in Bowling Green, having served as the coach for the Hot Rods for four seasons (2010-2013). During his two-year hiatus from the Hot Rods, he has been tutoring the young hitters for the Rays in Hudson Valley, NY (New York-Penn League). The 2016 season will be former major leaguer’s 19th season with the Tampa Bay Rays and 41st in professional baseball.

Midwest League Player of the Week: On Monday, Hot Rods OF Manny Sanchez was named the Midwest League Player of the Week from April 25 – May 1. In six games, Sanchez was 9-for-22 (.409) at the plate with two homers, five RBI and seven runs scored. He’s the first Hot Rods player to earn the nod since Hunter Lockwood (June 29) last season.

Home vs. Road: Sporting a 8-4 record at Bowling Green Ballpark this year, the Hot Rods are now 4-9 away from Southcentral Kentucky this year.  In 2015, the Hot Rods were 15 games over .500 at home (42-27) and were 15 games under .500 (27-42) on the road.

Promotion Motion: On Saturday, RHP Ian Gibaut was the first 2016 Hot Rods player promoted to a higher level as he was transferred to High-A Port Charlotte. With the Hot Rods, Gibaut was 1-0 with a 0.96 ERA in seven appearances, giving up just one run in 9.1 innings pitched while striking out 18 batters.

Vs. Peoria:  Coming into the 2016, the Hot Rods have only won two games ever at Dozier Park (2-6 record). They were swept in Peoria in 2014 (played 2 games).

Transactions: Since April 18, four Hot Rods players were placed on the disabled list (Joe McCarthy, Alexis Tapia, Angel Yepez and Cameron Varga). They have been replaced by newcomers Armando Bastardo and Tyler Brashears, along with 2015 Hot Rods pitcher Yonny Chirinos, who began the season at Port Charlotte (A+), going 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in four games with the Stonecrabs. C Danny De La Calle was added to the Hot Rods roster from extended on 4/30 while RHP Yoel Espinal was transferred from Port Charlotte (A+) to Bowling Green on Monday.

Leaders in the Clubhouse: Statistically speaking, the Hot Rods offense lead the league in walks (102), stolen bases (37) and are tied for the lead league in doubles (44). On the pitching side, the Hot Rods lead the league in HR allowed (16). Individually, Jacob Cronenworth leads Midwest League with 33 hits while ranking second in the league on-base percentage (.500) and runs scored (20).

News and Notes: The Hot Rods have scored first in 17 of their first 25 games but are just 8-9 in those games… Jacob Cronenworth has gotten on base in all 21 games he’s played in this season… Bowling Green tied a franchise-record with 7 doubles on 4/26 vs. CLI (Last set: 7/20/15 vs. LC).… Thru 25 games, the Hot Rods have scored 12 runs in a game as many times (twice) than they had in all of 2014 and 2015 combined… Henry Centeno is 2-0 on the mound in five appearances has given up just 2 ER in 23.0 IP this year.

Game #25 of 140: 5/2 at Peoria

Home Sweet Home, no more.

The Bowling Green Hot Rods finished off a 4-2 homestand yesterday with a 11-2 win against the Kane County Cougars.

To win both series during the homestand, the Hot Rods were fueled by a seven-run fifth inning, the most runs they’ve scored in any frame this season.

Capping off the action was solo homer from Manny Sanchez, who became the first Hot Rods player since Hunter Lockwood (6/29/15) to win the Midwest League Player of the Week award. Sanchez hit .409 (9-for-22) with two homers and five runs batted in during the week.

You can listen to the Sanchez homer below courtesy of broadcaster Alex Cohen.

The Hot Rods will begin a six-game roadtrip tonight against the Peoria Chiefs. Check out the preview below!

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BOWLING GREEN HOT RODS GAME NOTES

 Bowling Green Hot Rods (12-12, 12-12) vs. Peoria Chiefs (9-14, 9-14)

  RHP Jose Mujica (2-1, 4.82 ERA) vs. RHP Deran Gonzalez (0-0, 2.50 ERA)

    Bowling Green Hot Rods – Class-A Affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays

Monday, May 2, 2016

   Game #25 of #140 – 6:30 p.m.

   Dozier Park – Peoria, IL

Last Game: Wrapping up a three-game series and a six-game homestand at Bowling Green Ballpark, the Bowling Green Hot Rods took care of the Kane County Cougars by a score of 11-2 on Sunday afternoon. The Hot Rods scored a season-high seven runs in the fifth inning.

 

NEWS AND NOTES   

 

 

Home vs. Road: Sporting a 4-8 record away from Bowling Green Ballpark in 2016, the Hot Rods are now 8-4 at Bowling Green Ballpark this year. In 2015, the Hot Rods were 15 games over .500 at home (42-27) and were 15 games under .500 (27-42) on the road.

 

Promotion Motion: On Saturday, RHP Ian Gibaut was the first 2016 Hot Rods player promoted to a higher level as he was transferred to High-A Port Charlotte. With the Hot Rods, Gibaut was 1-0 with a 0.96 ERA in seven appearances, giving up just one run in 9.1 innings pitched while striking out 18 batters.

 

Vs. Peoria:  Coming into the 2016, the Hot Rods have only won two games ever at Dozier Park (2-6 record). They were swept in Peoria in 2014 (played 2 games).

 

Transactions: Since April 18, four Hot Rods players were placed on the disabled list (Joe McCarthy, Alexis Tapia, Angel Yepez and Cameron Varga). They have been replaced by newcomers Armando Bastardo and Tyler Brashears, along with 2015 Hot Rods pitcher Yonny Chirinos, who began the season at Port Charlotte (A+), going 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in four games with the Stonecrabs. C Danny De La Calle was added to the Hot Rods roster from extended on 4/30 while RHP Yoel Espinal was transferred from Port Charlotte (A+) to Bowling Green today.

 

Leaders in the Clubhouse: Statistically speaking, the Hot Rods offense lead the league in walks (98), stolen bases (38), hits (217) and doubles (43). On the pitching side, the Hot Rods lead the league in HR allowed (16). Individually, Jacob Cronenworth leads Midwest League with 32 hits while ranking second in the league in batting average (.405), on-base percentage (.505) and runs scored (19).

 

News and Notes: The Hot Rods have scored first in 16 of their first 24 games but are just 8-8 in those games… Jacob Cronenworth has gotten on base in all 20 games he’s played in this season… Bowling Green tied a franchise-record with 7 doubles on 4/26 vs. CLI (Last set: 7/20/15 vs. LC).… Thru 23 games, the Hot Rods have scored 12 runs in a game as many times (twice) than they had in all of 2014 and 2015 combined… Henry Centeno is 2-0 on the mound in five appearances has given up just 2 ER in 23.0 IP this year.

Game #23 of 140: 4/30 vs. Kane County

Three out of four at home? That ain’t bad.

The Hot Rods climbed back to .500 (11-11) with a 7-4 victory against the Kane County Cougars yesterday, cranking out 12 hits.

Leading the way was third basemen Kevin Padlo, who paced the offense with a 3-for-5 game at the plate, hitting a 3-run homer during a five-run second inning.

You can hear the homer and the other highlights below.

Hot Rods will continue their series against the Cougars tonight at 6:35. Here is a preview.

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BOWLING GREEN HOT RODS GAME NOTES

 Bowling Green Hot Rods (11-11, 11-11) vs. Kane County Cougars (12-9, 12-9)

  LHP Michael Velasquez (0-2, 4.50 ERA) vs. LHP Cody Reed (0-1, 1.69 ERA)

  Bowling Green Hot Rods – Class-A Affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays

Saturday, April 30, 2016

  Game #23 of #140- 6:35 p.m.

   Bowling Green Ballpark – Bowling Green, KY

Last Game: Starting up a three-game series with the Kane County Cougars at Bowling Green Ballpark, the Bowling Green Hot Rods won in front of the home crowd by a score of 7-4 on Friday night. The Hot Rods have now won three of four games during their six-game homestand.

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NEWS AND NOTES   

Hot Rods Roster Breakdown: Of the 25 men on the Hot Rods roster, four of the players on the Hot Rods roster have converted to new positions, with Brett Sullivan converting from third base to catcher, Taylor Hawkins converting from catcher to a knuckleball pitcher, Joe McCarthy converted to first base from the outfield and Jake Cronenworth converting to shortstop full-time after spending the majority of his first pro season and college career at University of Michigan at either second or third base.

Fountain of Youth: With an average age of just 20.8 years old, the Bowling Green Hot Rods one of the youngest rosters in the Midwest League. The Hot Rods also have a MDW-league high of five players under the age of 20-years-old and have more teenagers on the team (5) than they do 23-year-olds (2). LHP Genesis Cabrera is the youngest player (19 years, 6 months) while INF Michael Russell is the oldest (23 years, 2 months).

Baseball Prospectus: According to MLB.com, the Hot Rods have two of the Rays top-30 prospects in the organization. Those players are 3B Kevin Padlo (#21) and Mujica (#27). Padlo, one of the five teenagers on the roster, came over from the Rockies this past offseason in the trade that sent big league closer Jake McGee and former Hot Rods pitcher German Marquez to Colorado with standout outfielder Corey Dickerson heading over to the Rays. A Rockies 5th round pick in 2014, Padlo was named a 2015 Northwest League all-star last season with the Boise Hawks. Aside from Padlo and Mujica, both OF Zacrey Law (w/Princeton – Appalachian League) and Cronenworth (w/Hudson Valley – NY/Penn League) were named the MVP of their respective teams last year.

Meet the Coaches: For the second straight year, Reinaldo Ruiz will be the manager of the Hot Rods. Ruiz, 36, went 69-69 in his first year as a Midwest League skipper. Joining Ruiz for another season is pitching coach Bill Moloney, who is returning for his third season overall in his second stint with Bowling Green. Moloney was also the pitching coach in Port Charlotte (High-A, Rays) in 2013 following his first season with the Hot Rods. Rounding out the coaching staff is hitting coach Manny Castillo, a longtime fixture in the Rays organization. Castillo is returning for his second stint in Bowling Green, having served as the coach for the Hot Rods for four seasons (2010-2013). During his two-year hiatus from the Hot Rods, he has been tutoring the young hitters for the Rays in Hudson Valley, NY (New York-Penn League). The 2016 season will be former major leaguer’s 19th season with the Tampa Bay Rays and 41st in professional baseball.

Home Sweet Home: Sporting a 4-8 record away from Bowling Green Ballpark in 2016, the Hot Rods are now 7-3 at Bowling Green Ballpark this year. In 2015, the Hot Rods were 15 games over .500 at home (42-27).

 

Vs. Kane County:  Coming into the 2016, three of the last four season series between the Hot Rods and the Cougars have been series sweeps for either team. After a Hot Rods sweep in 2012, the Cougars had three-game series sweeps in 2013 and 2014. Bowling Green won 2 of 3 last year in Kane County.

Transactions: Since April 18, three Hot Rods players were placed on the disabled list (Alexis Tapia, Angel Yepez and Cameron Varga). They have been replaced by newcomers Armando Bastardo and Tyler Brashears, along with 2015 Hot Rods pitcher Yonny Chirinos, who began the season at Port Charlotte (A+), going 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in four games with the Stonecrabs.

Leaders in the Clubhouse: Statistically speaking, the Hot Rods are among the best in the Midwest League in scoring runs, ranking 2nd with 122. They also lead the league in walks (90), stolen bases (33) and are second in the league in batting average (.272) and hits (201) On the pitching side, the Hot Rods lead the league in HR allowed (15) and have issued the third-most walks (85). Individually, Jacob Cronenworth is second in the Midwest League with 30 hits while ranking second in the league in batting average (.400), on-base percentage (.500) and runs scored (18).

News and Notes: The Hot Rods have scored first in 15 of their first 22 games but are just 7-8 in those games… Jacob Cronenworth has gotten on base in all 19 games he’s played in this season Bowling Green tied a franchise-record with 7 doubles on 4/26 vs. CLI (Last set: 7/20/15 vs. LC).… Thru 21 games, the Hot Rods have scored 12 runs in a game as many times (twice) than they had in all of 2014 and 2015 combined… Henry Centeno is 2-0 on the mound in five appearances has given up just 2 ER in 23.0 IP this year.

Game #22 of 140: 4/29 vs. Kane County

New day, new series.

After being unable to finish off the season series sweep against the Clinton Lumberkings last night (L, 6-3), the Hot Rods will welcome the Kane County Cougars to town for a weekend series at Bowling Green Ballpark.

The last time the Hot Rods hosted the Cougars to town way back when in 2014, Bowling Green completed a season-series sweep.

Kane County is currently 12-8 on the year, tied for first in the Midwest League West Division.

Below are a few audio highlights from last night’s loss and a preview of the series courtesy of the Hot Rods game notes.

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BOWLING GREEN HOT RODS GAME NOTES

 Bowling Green Hot Rods (10-11, 10-11) vs. Kane County Cougars (12-8, 12-8)

  RHP Henry Centeno (1-0, 0.52 ERA) vs. RHP Taylor Clarke (2-1, 1.96 ERA)

 Bowling Green Hot Rods – Class-A Affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays

Friday, April 29, 2016

 Game #22 of #140- 6:35 p.m.

Bowling Green Ballpark – Bowling Green, KY

 

Last Game: Wrapping up a three-game series at Bowling Green Ballpark, the Bowling Green Hot Rods could not complete the sweep against the Clinton Lumberkings, falling by a score of 6-3 on Thursday night. The loss snaps a five-game winning streak against Clinton dating back to the start of 2015.

NEWS AND NOTES   

Home Sweet Home: Sporting a 4-8 record away from Bowling Green Ballpark in 2016, the Hot Rods are now 6-3 at Bowling Green Ballpark this year. In 2015, the Hot Rods were 15 games over .500 at home (42-27).

Vs. Kane County:  Coming into the 2016, three of the last four season series between the Hot Rods and the Cougars have been series sweeps for either team. After a Hot Rods sweep in 2012, the Cougars had three-game series sweeps in 2013 and 2014. Bowling Green won 2 of 3 last year in Kane County.

Transactions: Since April 18, three Hot Rods pitchers were placed on the disabled list (Alexis Tapia, Angel Yepez and Cameron Varga). They have been replaced by newcomers Armando Bastardo and Tyler Brashears, along with 2015 Hot Rods pitcher Yonny Chirinos, who began the season at Port Charlotte (A+), going 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in four appearances with the Stonecrabs.

Leaders in the Clubhouse: Statistically speaking, the Hot Rods are among the best in the Midwest League in scoring runs, ranking 2nd with 115. They also lead the league in walks (89), stolen bases (33), hits (189) and are second in the league in batting average (.268). On the pitching side, the Hot Rods lead the league in HR allowed (15) and have issued the second-most walks (77). Individually, Jacob Cronenworth is leading the Midwest League with 30 hits while ranking second in the league in batting average (.423), on-base percentage (.518) and runs scored (17).

News and Notes: The Hot Rods have scored first in 15 of their first 21 games but are just 7-8 in those games… Jacob Cronenworth has gotten on base in all 18 games he’s played in this season and already has 12 multi-hit games while Joe McCarthy has a 14-game on-base streak….Bowling Green tied a franchise-record with 7 doubles on 4/26 vs. CLI (Last set: 7/20/15 vs. LC).… Thru 21 games, the Hot Rods have scored 12 runs in a game as many times (twice) than they had in all of 2014 and 2015 combined… Henry Centeno has given up just 1 ER in 17.1 IP this year while Ian Gibaut has 16 strikeouts in 8.2 IP.

Game #21 of 140: 4/28 vs. Clinton

One suspended-game win and a seven-inning game victory over the Clinton Lumberkings later, the Bowling Green Hot Rods are one of the hottest teams in the Midwest League, winners of 4 of 5 and back at .500 (10-10) for the first time since the first week of the season (4/14).

In game one of the series vs. Clinton, the Hot Rods offense churned out a season-high 18 hits and tied a season-high with 12 runs over a span of two days (because of a suspended game). Bowling Green has now scored 12 or more runs in two of the 20 games this year, as many times than all of 2014 and 2015 combined. The Hot Rods also tied a franchise-record with seven doubles, last set on 7/20/15 against Lake County.

In game two, the Hot Rods eeked out a 3-2 victory over the Lumberkings thanks to a strong outing from starting pitcher Roel Ramirez (5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER) and a RBI double by third basemen Kevin Padlo. Despite hitting just .148 this year, Padlo ranks among the league top-10 in RBI’s (12) and has driven in six runs over the last four games with three doubles.

Below are some audio highlights from game two courtesy of play-by-play broadcaster Alex Cohen.

 

The Hot Rods are now 6-2 at home this season are will go for the series sweep against the Lumberkings on Thursday night. Here is a preview courtesy of the Hot Rods Game Notes.

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BOWLING GREEN HOT RODS GAME NOTES

 Bowling Green Hot Rods (10-10, 10-10) vs. Clinton Lumberkings (11-8, 11-8)

  LHP Genesis Cabrera (1-0, 1.26 ERA) vs. RHP Lukas Schirialdi (2-1, 2.25 ERA)

 Bowling Green Hot Rods – Class-A Affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Game #21 of #140- 6:35 p.m.

Bowling Green Ballpark – Bowling Green, KY

Last Game: The Bowling Green Hot Rods won the conclusion of a suspended game by a score of 12-8 and an additional seven-inning game by a score of 3-2 against the Clinton Lumberkings on Wednesday. The Hot Rods have now won five straight games against the Lumberkings dating back to 2015.

 

NEWS AND NOTES   

Home Sweet Home: Sporting a 4-8 record away from Bowling Green Ballpark in 2016, the Hot Rods are now 6-2 at Bowling Green Ballpark this year. In 2015, the Hot Rods were 15 games over .500 at home (42-27).

Vs. Lumberkings:  For the second straight year, the Hot Rods have clinched a season-series victory against the Lumberkings. By winning the first two games of this series, Bowling Green has bested Clinton in five straight games dating back to the start of 2015.

Transactions: Since April 18, three Hot Rods pitchers were placed on the disabled list (Alexis Tapia, Angel Yepez and Cameron Varga). They have been replaced by newcomers Armando Bastardo and Tyler Brashears, along with 2015 Hot Rods pitcher Yonny Chirinos, who began the season at Port Charlotte (A+), going 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in four appearances with the Stonecrabs.

Leaders in the Clubhouse: Statistically speaking, the Hot Rods are among the best in the Midwest League in scoring runs, ranking 2nd with 112. They also lead the league in walks (83), stolen bases (32), hits (183) and are second in the league in batting average (.272). On the pitching side, the Hot Rods lead the league in HR allowed (15) and have issued the second-most walks (77). Individually, Jacob Cronenworth is tied for the league-lead with 29 hits while ranking second in the league in batting average (.433), on-base percentage (.525) and runs scored (17).

News and Notes: The Hot Rods have scored first in 15 of their first 20 games but are just 7-8 in those games… Jacob Cronenworth has gotten on base in all 17 games he’s played in this season and already has 12 multi-hit games while Joe McCarthy has a 14-game on-base streak….Bowling Green tied a franchise-record with 7 doubles on 4/26 vs. CLI (Last set: 7/20/15 vs. LC).… Thru 20 games, the Hot Rods have scored 12 runs in a game as many times (twice) than they had in all of 2014 and 2015 combined… Henry Centeno has given up just 1 ER in 17.1 IP this year while Ian Gibaut has 16 strikeouts in 8.2 IP.

Game #19 out of 140: 4/26 vs. Clinton

3 states, 12 road games in 18 days later, the Hot Rods are back home at Bowling Green Ballpark for six games, starting with a three-game set against the Clinton Lumberkings.

In 2015, the Hot Rods were 3-0 against the Lumberkings, with only 12 total runs being scored in the three games of the series.

Below is a series preview courtesy of the Hot Rods Game Notes.

BOWLING GREEN HOT RODS GAME NOTES

 Bowling Green Hot Rods (8-10, 8-10) vs. Clinton Lumberkings (11-6, 11-6)

  RHP Jose Mujica (2-1, 3.68 ERA) vs. RHP Casey Wilcox (0-0, 4.50 ERA)

Bowling Green Hot Rods – Class-A Affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Game #19 of #140- 6:35 p.m.

 Bowling Green Ballpark – Bowling Green, KY

Last Game: Wrapping up a four-game series at Dow Diamond Ballpark and a week-long trip away from Southcentral Kentucky, the Bowling Green Hot Rods lost to the Great Lakes Loons by a score of 5-2. The Hot Rods finish off a season-opening stretch of 18 straight games, 12 on the road, with a 8-10 overall record

 

NEWS AND NOTES   

Road Woes: With the Hot Rods dropping the finale of the series at Dow Diamond against the Loons on Sunday afternoon, they fell to 4-8 away from Bowling Green Ballpark in 2016. In 2015, the Hot Rods were 15 games under .500 on the road (27-42).

Vs. Lumberkings:  In a short three-game series between the two teams in 2015, the Hot Rods swept the Lumberkings in Clinton, marking the last time the Hot Rods won three straight games away from Bowling Green Ballpark.

Transactions: Over the last calendar week, three Hot Rods pitchers were placed on the disabled list (Alexis Tapia, Angel Yepez and Cameron Varga). They have been replaced by newcomers Armando Bastardo and Tyler Brashears, along with 2015 Hot Rods pitcher Yonny Chirinos, who began the season at Port Charlotte (A+), going 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in four appearances with the Stonecrabs.

Leaders in the Clubhouse: Statistically speaking, the Hot Rods are among the best in the Midwest League in scoring runs, ranking 2nd with 97. They also lead the league in walks (74) and stolen bases (29). On the pitching side, the Hot Rods 155 strikeouts rank second in the league while they also lead the league in walks (71) and HR allowed (12). Individually, Jacob Cronenworth ranks second in the league in batting average (.414), on-base percentage (.521) and runs scored (16) while Joe McCarthy is second in the league with 8 stolen bases.

News and Notes: The Hot Rods have scored first in 14 of their first 18 games but are just 6-8 in those games… Jacob Cronenworth has gotten on base in all 15 games he’s played in this season while Joe McCarthy has a 14-game on-base streak… Hot Rods average just 3.6 runs per game in games that they lose while they average 7.6 runs per game in wins… Henry Centeno has given up just 1 ER in 17.1 IP this year while Ian Gibaut has 16 strikeouts in 7.2 IP.

Game #18 of 140: 4/24 at GL

Final game of a week-long roadtrip today, and the Hot Rods have an opportunity to head back to Bowling Green via a nine-hour bus ride with a .500 record on the trip (4-3) if they happen to beat the Loons today at Dow Diamond.

Yesterday, the Hot Rods won their second straight game, much due to another great outing from Henry Centeno on the mound. Centeno, who had a perfect game going into the sixth inning, got the no-decision with an line that read as such — 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 8 K, 1 BB.

Centeno has now given up just one run in 17.1 innings this year and has struck out 21 batters.

Bowling Green got the victory by breaking a 3-3 tie in the ninth inning with four runs. Below are some audio highlights courtesy of play-by-play broadcaster Alex Cohen.

 

Can the Hot Rods win three straight on the road for the first time since June 6-8 of 2015? Here is the preview.

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BOWLING GREEN HOT RODS GAME NOTES

 Bowling Green Hot Rods (8-9, 8-9) vs. Great Lakes Loons (6-8, 6-8)

  LHP Michael Velasquez (0-2, 6.43 ERA) vs. LHP Michael Boyle (0-1, 3.38 ERA)

  Bowling Green Hot Rods – Class-A Affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays

Sunday, April 24, 2016

 Game #18 of #140- 2:05 p.m.

 Dow Diamond – Midland, MI

Last Game: Continuing a four-game series at Dow Diamond, the Hot Rods won their second straight game against the Great Lakes Loons by a score of 7-3 on Saturday afternoon. It was the first time the Hot Rods won back-to-back games away from Bowling Green Ballpark in 2016.

NEWS AND NOTES   

One for the Road: If the Hot Rods beat the Loons on Sunday, it would mark a three-game win streak on the road for the first time since June 6-8, 2015. A victory would also give the Hot Rods an over .500 record (4-3) for their week long, seven-game roadtrip.

Hot Rods Roster Breakdown: Of the 25 men on the Hot Rods roster, four of the players on the Hot Rods roster have converted to new positions, with Brett Sullivan converting from third base to catcher, Taylor Hawkins converting from catcher to a knuckleball pitcher, Joe McCarthy converted to first base from the outfield and Jake Cronenworth converting to shortstop full-time after spending the majority of his first pro season and college career at University of Michigan at either second or third base.

Fountain of Youth: With an average age of just 20.8 years old, the Bowling Green Hot Rods one of the youngest rosters in the Midwest League. The Hot Rods also have a MDW-league high of five players under the age of 20-years-old and have more teenagers on the team (5) than they do 23-year-olds (2). LHP Genesis Cabrera is the youngest player (19 years, 6 months) while INF Michael Russell is the oldest (23 years, 2 months).

Baseball Prospectus: According to MLB.com, the Hot Rods have two of the Rays top-30 prospects in the organization. Those players are 3B Kevin Padlo (#21) and Mujica (#27). Padlo, one of the five teenagers on the roster, came over from the Rockies this past offseason in the trade that sent big league closer Jake McGee and former Hot Rods pitcher German Marquez to Colorado with standout outfielder Corey Dickerson heading over to the Rays. A Rockies 5th round pick in 2014, Padlo was named a 2015 Northwest League all-star last season with the Boise Hawks. Aside from Padlo and Mujica, both OF Zacrey Law (w/Princeton – Appalachian League) and Cronenworth (w/Hudson Valley – NY/Penn League) were named the MVP of their respective teams last year.

Meet the Coaches: For the second straight year, Reinaldo Ruiz will be the manager of the Hot Rods. Ruiz, 36, went 69-69 in his first year as a Midwest League skipper. Joining Ruiz for another season is pitching coach Bill Moloney, who is returning for his third season overall in his second stint with Bowling Green. Moloney was also the pitching coach in Port Charlotte (High-A, Rays) in 2013 following his first season with the Hot Rods. Rounding out the coaching staff is hitting coach Manny Castillo, a longtime fixture in the Rays organization. Castillo is returning for his second stint in Bowling Green, having served as the coach for the Hot Rods for four seasons (2010-2013). During his two-year hiatus from the Hot Rods, he has been tutoring the young hitters for the Rays in Hudson Valley, NY (New York-Penn League). The 2016 season will be former major leaguer’s 19th season with the Tampa Bay Rays and 41st in professional baseball.

Road Woes: With the Hot Rods dropping the opener of the series at Dow Diamond against the Loons last night, they fell to 2-7 away from Bowling Green Ballpark in 2016. In 2015, the Hot Rods were 15 games under .500 on the road (27-42).

Vs. Great Lakes  In 13 games between the two teams in 2015, the Hot Rods went 8-5 against the Loons last year. At Dow Diamond, the Hot Rods went 4-2 against the Loons, At Bowling Green Ballpark, the Hot Rods went 4-3 against the Loons. So far this season, the Hot Rods are 2-1 against Great Lakes.

Game #17 of 140: 4/23 at Great Lakes

The Bowling Green Hot Rods put together arguably their best complete game of the season on Friday night as they beat the Great Lakes Loons 5-0 at Dow Diamond.

En route to their first shutout of 2016, the combination of starter Genesis Cabrera and righty Tyler Brashears gave up just three hits and five total baserunners. Gabrera tossed a career-high 6.1 innings while giving up just three hits and nine strikeouts while Brashears retired all eight batters he faced. The shutout for the Hot Rods pitching staff was their first since 8/11/15 against Burlington (W, 1-0).

Offensively, the Hot Rods got a bases-clearing double from Kevin Padlo in the fourth inning and a RBI single by Michael Russell in the fourth inning. As a team, the Hot Rods churned out just six hits but scored four of the five runs of the game with two outs.

You can listen to those scoring plays and the final out below.

The Hot Rods will try to take control of their series with the Loons today at 2:05 p.m. Here is a preview from the Hot Rods game notes.

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BOWLING GREEN HOT RODS GAME NOTES

 Bowling Green Hot Rods (7-9, 7-9) vs. Great Lakes Loons (6-7, 6-7)

  RHP Henry Centeno (1-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. LHP Victor Gonzalez (1-0, 1.00 ERA)

Bowling Green Hot Rods – Class-A Affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays

Saturday, April 23, 2016

  Game #17 of #140- 2:05 p.m

   Dow Diamond – Midland, MI

Last Game: Continuing a four-game series at Dow Diamond, the Hot Rods shutout the Great Lakes Loons by a score of 5-0 on Friday night. The shutout for Bowling Green was their first since 8/11/15. On the night, the Hot Rods pitchers allowed just three hits and five total baserunners.

NEWS AND NOTES   

Shutouts: By blanking the Loons on Friday night by a score of 5-0, the Hot Rods pitchers tossed their first shutout since 8/11/15, when they beat the Burlington Bees 1-0. On Friday, the Hot Rods allowed a season-low three hits and just five baserunners. The shutout was the second for the Loons offensively of the season.

Hot Rods Roster Breakdown: Of the 25 men on the Hot Rods roster, four of the players on the Hot Rods roster have converted to new positions, with Brett Sullivan converting from third base to catcher, Taylor Hawkins converting from catcher to a knuckleball pitcher, Joe McCarthy converted to first base from the outfield and Jake Cronenworth converting to shortstop full-time after spending the majority of his first pro season and college career at University of Michigan at either second or third base.

Fountain of Youth: With an average age of just 20.8 years old, the Bowling Green Hot Rods one of the youngest rosters in the Midwest League. The Hot Rods also have a MDW-league high of five players under the age of 20-years-old and have more teenagers on the team (5) than they do 23-year-olds (2). LHP Genesis Cabrera is the youngest player (19 years, 6 months) while INF Michael Russell is the oldest (23 years, 2 months).

Baseball Prospectus: According to MLB.com, the Hot Rods have two of the Rays top-30 prospects in the organization. Those players are 3B Kevin Padlo (#21) and Mujica (#27). Padlo, one of the five teenagers on the roster, came over from the Rockies this past offseason in the trade that sent big league closer Jake McGee and former Hot Rods pitcher German Marquez to Colorado with standout outfielder Corey Dickerson heading over to the Rays. A Rockies 5th round pick in 2014, Padlo was named a 2015 Northwest League all-star last season with the Boise Hawks. Aside from Padlo and Mujica, both OF Zacrey Law (w/Princeton – Appalachian League) and Cronenworth (w/Hudson Valley – NY/Penn League) were named the MVP of their respective teams last year.

Meet the Coaches: For the second straight year, Reinaldo Ruiz will be the manager of the Hot Rods. Ruiz, 36, went 69-69 in his first year as a Midwest League skipper. Joining Ruiz for another season is pitching coach Bill Moloney, who is returning for his third season overall in his second stint with Bowling Green. Moloney was also the pitching coach in Port Charlotte (High-A, Rays) in 2013 following his first season with the Hot Rods. Rounding out the coaching staff is hitting coach Manny Castillo, a longtime fixture in the Rays organization. Castillo is returning for his second stint in Bowling Green, having served as the coach for the Hot Rods for four seasons (2010-2013). During his two-year hiatus from the Hot Rods, he has been tutoring the young hitters for the Rays in Hudson Valley, NY (New York-Penn League). The 2016 season will be former major leaguer’s 19th season with the Tampa Bay Rays and 41st in professional baseball.

Road Woes: With the Hot Rods dropping the opener of the series at Dow Diamond against the Loons last night, they fell to 2-7 away from Bowling Green Ballpark in 2016. In 2015, the Hot Rods were 15 games under .500 on the road (27-42).

Vs. Great Lakes  In 13 games between the two teams in 2015, the Hot Rods went 8-5 against the Loons last year. At Dow Diamond, the Hot Rods went 4-2 against the Loons, At Bowling Green Ballpark, the Hot Rods went 4-3 against the Loons. So far this season, the Hot Rods are 1-1 against Great Lakes.

Game #16 of 140: 4/22 at Great Lakes

Apologies for the lack of a post yesterday, but just a quick recap of the last few nights.

4/20: 8-4 loss against South Bend Cubs. Hot Rods took 2-0 lead in top of the 1st but Cubs scored 4 runs in first and third innings against Cameron Varga to roll to a victory. Hot Rods fell to 1-5 at Four Winds Field on the year. In a losing effort, Bowling Green got three hits from David Rodriguez and two hits each from Jacob Cronenworth and Joe McCarthy. 

4/21: First game at Dow Diamond of a weekend series with the Great Lakes Loons went back and forth, but the Hot Rods fell just short with a 7-5 loss. Bowling Green got two more hits from Rodriguez and Cronenworth along with two hits from Brett Sullivan, who hit a solo homer and a two-run d0uble. Sullivan now leads the Hot Rods with two roundtrippers and 13 runs batted in on the season (while hitting .356). You can listen to audio of his homerun below.

 

Hot Rods try to get on the right track with the second of four games at Dow Diamond. Below is a preview via the Hot Rods game notes.

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BOWLING GREEN HOT RODS GAME NOTES

 Bowling Green Hot Rods (6-9, 6-9) vs. Great Lakes Loons (6-6, 6-6)

  LHP Genesis Cabrera (0-0, 2.25 ERA) vs. RHP Dennis Santana (0-2, 3.68 ERA)

Bowling Green Hot Rods – Class-A Affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays

Friday, April 22, 2016

 Game #16 of #140- 6:05 p.m.

 Dow Diamond – Midland, MI

Last Game: Starting off a four-game series at Dow Diamond, the Hot Rods lost the series opener with the Great Lakes Loons by a score of 7-5. Bowling Green is now 2-7 away from Bowling Green Ballpark this season and is 1-5 in games decided by two or fewer runs.

NEWS AND NOTES   

Leader by Example: Through 15 games, SS Jacob Cronenworth has gotten on base in every game he has played in (13) to start off the season, hitting safely in 12 of those games while totaling two or more hits in 11 of those games.

Road Woes: With the Hot Rods dropping the opener of the series at Dow Diamond against the Loons last night, they fell to 2-7 away from Bowling Green Ballpark in 2016. In 2015, the Hot Rods were 15 games under .500 on the road (27-42).

Vs. Great Lakes  In 13 games between the two teams in 2015, the Hot Rods went 8-5 against the Loons last year. At Dow Diamond, the Hot Rods went 4-2 against the Loons, At Bowling Green Ballpark, the Hot Rods went 4-3 against the Loons. So far this season, the Hot Rods are 0-1 against Great Lakes.

Game #14 of 140: 4/20 at SB

I’m not sure what the best possible was is to break a four-game losing streak on the road against a team that has beat you by one run in three of those contest with walkoffs in two of them, but, I’m pretty sure the Hot Rods came close to it last night.

Ripping off a season high 12 runs in a 12-1 victory last night, Bowling Green finally snapped their seven-game losing streak dating back to last season.

The Hot Rods had an unconventional night, totaling 13 hits with 11 singles. They also scored six runs and batted around in the fifth inning.

Below are some highlights.

The Hot Rods will look to get back to .500 on the season and for the series victory on the road tonight as RHP Cameron Varga (2-0, 3.09 ERA) takes the mound fresh off the best start of his career (6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 10 K, 1 BB on 4/14 vs. LAN). Here is the preview.

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BOWLING GREEN HOT RODS GAME NOTES

 Bowling Green Hot Rods (6-7, 6-7) vs. South Bend Cubs (6-6, 6-6)

  RHP Cameron Varga (2-0, 3.09 ERA) vs. LHP Justin Steele (0-2, 12.71 ERA)

  Bowling Green Hot Rods – Class-A Affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

 Game #14 of #140- 7:05 p.m.

 Four Winds Field – South Bend, IN

Last Game: Snapping a four-game losing streak away from Bowling Green Ballpark, the Bowling Green Hot Rods set a number of season-highs in a 12-1 win against the South Bend Cubs on Tuesday. The 12 runs was a season-high as well as 11-run differential. The Hot Rods were 8-for-13 with RISP.

 

NEWS AND NOTES   

Hot Rods Roster Breakdown: Of the 25 men on the Hot Rods 2016 Opening Day Roster, 13 of the players were either international signees or were undrafted out of college. Four of the players on the Hot Rods roster have converted to new positions, with Brett Sullivan converting from third base to catcher, Taylor Hawkins converting from catcher to a knuckleball pitcher, Joe McCarthy converted to first base from the outfield and Jake Cronenworth converting to shortstop full-time after spending the majority of his first pro season and college career at University of Michigan at either second or third base.

 

Fountain of Youth: With an average age of just 20.8 years old, the Bowling Green Hot Rods one of the youngest rosters in the Midwest League/. The Hot Rods also have a MDW-league high of five players under the age of 20-years-old and have more teenagers on the team (5) than they do 23-year-olds (2). LHP Genesis Cabrera is the youngest player (19 years, 6 months) while INF Michael Russell is the oldest (23 years, 2 months).

 

Baseball Prospectus: According to MLB.com, the Hot Rods have two of the Rays top-30 prospects in the organization. Those players are 3B Kevin Padlo (#21) and Mujica (#27). Padlo, one of the five teenagers on the roster, came over from the Rockies this past offseason in the trade that sent big league closer Jake McGee and former Hot Rods pitcher German Marquez to Colorado with standout outfielder Corey Dickerson heading over to the Rays. A Rockies 5th round pick in 2014, Padlo was named a 2015 Northwest League all-star last season with the Boise Hawks. Aside from Padlo and Mujica, both OF Zacrey Law (w/Princeton – Appalachian League) and Cronenworth (w/Hudson Valley – NY/Penn League) were named the MVP of their respective teams last year.

 

Meet the Coaches: For the second straight year, Reinaldo Ruiz will be the manager of the Hot Rods. Ruiz, 36, went 69-69 in his first year as a Midwest League skipper. Joining Ruiz for another season is pitching coach Bill Moloney, who is returning for his third season overall in his second stint with Bowling Green. Moloney was also the pitching coach in Port Charlotte (High-A, Rays) in 2013 following his first season with the Hot Rods. Rounding out the coaching staff is hitting coach Manny Castillo, a longtime fixture in the Rays organization. Castillo is returning for his second stint in Bowling Green, having served as the coach for the Hot Rods for four seasons (2010-2013). During his two-year hiatus from the Hot Rods, he has been tutoring the young hitters for the Rays in Hudson Valley, NY (New York-Penn League). The 2016 season will be former major leaguer’s 19th season with the Tampa Bay Rays and 41st in professional baseball.

 

Vs. South Bend: In a three-game series last week, the Hot Rods lost all three games by one run, two via a walkoff. For the Hot Rods, the two straight walkoff defeats was a franchise-first and the three straight one-run losses was the first for the Hot Rods since May of 2013. Bowling Green snapped a seven-game losing to South Bend dating back to last season on Tuesday. Hot Rods scored a season-high 12 runs in that game.

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