Game #49 of 140: 5/29 vs. Great Lakes

Adios, three-game losing streak — hello, 8-5 win.

Big victory for the Hot Rods last night as they beat the Great Lakes Loons to win their first game of a six-game homestand at Bowling Green Ballpark. IMG_0880

After taking a 12-1 loss the previous night, the Hot Rods wore used their specialty jerseys to come through with their 10th come-from-behind victory of the season

Down 2-1 in the fifth inning, the Hot Rods got a pair of two-run singles from Jacob Cronenworth and Joe McCarthy to go up 5-2.

After a three-run homer from Loons outfielder Ariel Sandoval in the top of the eighth inning tied the game back up at five, the Hot Rods scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth to take the lead for good.

The win snapped the Hot Rods season-high losing streak at three games.

Below is a preview of tonight’s game courtesy of the Hot Rods game notes.

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BOWLING GREEN HOT RODS GAME NOTES

 Bowling Green Hot Rods (25-23, 25-23) vs. Great Lakes Loons (21-26, 21-26)

 RHP Jose Mujica (2-2, 5.79 ERA) vs. RHP Imani Abdullah (0-1, 7.04 ERA)

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

     Sunday,  May 29

   #49 of #140 – 6:35 p.m.

    Bowling Green, KY – Bowling Green, KY

LAST GAME

Last Game: On Saturday, the Bowling Green Hot Rods snapped a three-game losing streak with a 8-5 win against the Great Lakes Loons. The win was the first for the Hot Rods during their six-game homestand in Southcentral Kentucky.

NEWS AND NOTES   

Struggle City: Since standing a season-high seven games over .500 on May 14, the Hot Rods have struggled by losing nine out of their last 13 games overall while snapping their second three-game losing streak of the stretch last night. On Thursday, the Hot Rods suffered their worst lost (12-1) since September 7 of last season, when they were shutout 17-0 at Fort Wayne. They also gave up 10 runs in the first inning, tying the most runs scored against the Hot Rods in any inning in franchise history. Bowling Green also gave up 10 runs against the South Bend Cubs in the sixth inning back on August 15, 2012.

Who’s Hot: With a solo homer on Tuesday against West Michigan, 3B Kevin Padlo has hit three homers in his last six games played overall. Padlo is tied for the team-lead in homers with Brett Sullivan, as they each have seven this year.

Day Dreaming: Despite a loss in game 1 of a scheduled doubleheader against the Whitecaps on Thursday, the Hot Rods are 9-5 during day games this season compared to just 16-18 during game played in the evening.

Home Sweet Home: After a seven-game roadtrip that the Hot Rods finished with a 3-4 record but won the final two games, they are back in Southcentral Kentucky for the next week, where they are 14-9 this season. The Hot Rods are 4-1-2 in six home series this year.

Adios, West Michigan: After being swept by the Whitecaps in a rain-shortened, two-game series, the Hot Rods fell to 1-4 against the Whitecaps this year, hitting just .194 against them with 13 runs total in five games.

Hello, Great Lakes: The Hot Rods and Loons are squaring off against each other for the second time this season as part of a 14-game season series. They split a four-game series last month at Dow Diamond. The Hot Rods are 3-3 overall against the Loons this year.

Promotion Motion:  Three pitchers have been promoted to A+ Port Charlotte this season, included LHP Jose Alvarado and RHP Yonny Chirinos over the past two weeks. Chirinos, who started the season in Port Charlotte, made 4 appearances with the Hot Rods, going 2-0 with a 2.81 and did not give up an earned run in his final 2 starts (10 IP). Alvarado, who started the season with Bowling Green, was 2-0 with a 1.46 ERA in 10 games with the Hot Rods while striking out 34 batters in 24.2 innings of work. Alvarado and Chirinos join RHP Ian Gibaut as the three Hot Rods players to be promoted to a higher level this year.

Transactions: The Hot Rods have made 18 transactions this year, promoting 3 players to A+ Port Charlotte, receiving 2 players from A+ Port Charlotte and have three players currently on the disabled list.

News and Notes: The Hot Rods have scored 11 or more runs five times this season, two more times than all of last year… Jacob Cronenworth leads the Midwest League in OBP (.447) and runs scored (36)…Bowling Green tied a franchise-record with 7 doubles on 4/26 vs. CLI (Last set: 7/20/15 vs. LC) … During game two of a doubleheader with DAY on 5/21, the Hot Rods played their shortest 7-inning game in franchise history (1:26), shattering the previous shortest game by 10 minutes… With a GS-homer and 5 RBI on 5/22 at DAY, Brett Sullivan became the first Hot Rods player with 5 RBI in a game since 6/30/15 (Leo Reginatto) and the first BG player with a grandslam since 7/2/15 (Riley Unroe)…. On 5/27 against Great Lakes, Bowling Green gave up 10 runs in the first inning, tying the franchise record for the most runs given up in a single inning (8/18/12 vs. South Bend, 6th inning). Bowling Green leads the league in unearned runs given up (51).

Game #45 of 140: 5/24 vs. West Michigan

As the Hot Rods return back to Southcentral Kentucky to start a three-game series (and a seven-game homestand) with the West Michigan Whitecaps, the Hot Rods finished off their week on the road in style with a 10-8, 10-inning victory against the Dayton Dragons on Monday night.

The game, which took a season-long 3 hours and 47 minutes to complete, featured five lead changes.

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Just a recap –

  1. Hot Rods took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a RBI single by Peter Maris.                 

2. Dragons came back with 6 runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning fueled by five hits and three Hot Rods errors to take a 6-1 lead.

3. Hot Rods came back with five runs in the 5th inning to tie up the game at 6-6, started off by three straight doubles, a two-run homer by Kevin Padlo and a RBI single from Brandon Lowe.

4. Bowling Green got a bases-loaded walk from Joe McCarthy in the 7th inning to take a 7-6 lead.

5. Dayton came back with two runs in the bottom of the 7th to take a 8-7 lead.

6. Down to their final out with two away in the top of the ninth, Angel Perez delivered a RBI BUNT single to tie the game up at 8-8.

7. In the bottom of the ninth inning with one out and a runner on first, Manny Sanchez threw out the potential game-winning run tying to advance to third base on a single to help send the game to extra innings.

8. After the Hot Rods scored two runs in the 10th, Diego Castillo stranded two runners in scoring position to finish off the comeback win for Bowling Green.

Hopefully that wrapped things up well enough for you all.

Here is the preview of the Hot Rods homestand opener with the Whitecaps!

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BOWLING GREEN HOT RODS GAME NOTES

 Bowling Green Hot Rods (24-20, 24-20) vs. West Michigan Whitecaps (22-20, 22-20)

 RHP Henry Centeno (5-0, 0.68 ERA) vs. RHP Jordan Smith (3-2, 5.34 ERA)

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

    Tuesday, May 24

  Game #45 of #140 – 6:35 p.m.

     Bowling Green, KY – Bowling Green, KY

LAST GAME

Last Game: On Tuesday, the Hot Rods capped off a seven-game road trip with a come-from-behind, 10-inning, 10-8 win against the Dayton Dragons. The Hot Rods came back from a season-high five-run deficit (6-1) en route to a victory,

NEWS AND NOTES   

Who’s Hot: In 15 games during the month of May, C David Rodriguez is hitting .314 with all seven of his extra basehits (3 HR, 3 2B, 1 3B) during the month. OF Zacrey Law is hitting .318 over his last 18 games with 7 of his team-high 11 doubles this season and Brandon Lowe is hitting .339 in his last 19 games.

Day Dreaming: With a 9-7 win on Sunday afternoon against the Dayton Dragons, the Hot Rods improved to 9-4 during day games this season compared to just 15-16 during game played in the evening.

Double Dips: On Saturday, the Hot Rods were swept by the Dayton Dragons in their second doubleheader of the season. They swept their first one, on 5/13, against the Lake County Captains at Bowling Green Ballpark. In 2015, the Hot Rods were 3-5 in doubleheaders in 2015.

The Bats are Back:  After a stretch where the Hot Rods lost six of seven games and scored just eight runs over those final five games, the Hot Rods offense broke out for 19 runs combined in the last two games against the Dayton Dragons. Bowling Green has scored 10 or more runs in six games this year. Overall, the Hot Rods are leading the Midwest League with 31 homers, hitting 23 of them in the month of May (which is as many homers as any MDW team has hit all year).

Home Sweet Home: After a seven-game roadtrip that the Hot Rods finished with a 3-4 record but won the final two games, they return to Southcentral Kentucky, where they are 13-6 this season, which is the second-best home record in the Midwest League. The Hot Rods are 4-0-2 in six home series this year.

Vs. West Michigan: The Hot Rods and Whitecaps are facing against each other for the second time this season, as they faced each other in a three-game set at Fifth Third Field last week. The Hot Rods dropped two of three games, scoring just seven runs in the series while hitting .174. The two teams will play each other 14 times this year.

Promotion Motion:  Last weekend, both LHP Jose Alvarado and RHP Yonny Chirinos were promoted to High-A Port Charlotte. Chirinos, who started the season in Port Charlotte, made four appearances with the Hot Rods, going 2-0 with a 2.81 and did not give up an earned run in his final 2 starts (10 IP). Alvarado, who started the season with Bowling Green, was 2-0 with a 1.46 ERA in 10 games with the Hot Rods while striking out 34 batters in 24.2 innings of work. Alvarado and Chirinos join RHP Ian Gibaut as the three Hot Rods players to be promoted to a higher level this year.

Transactions: On Saturday, OF Angel Moreno was activated from the disabled list, as C Danny De La Calle was sent to extended spring. Moreno is the second outfielder to be activated from the disabled list in the last week, Joe McCarthy last Saturday. McCarthy, who had been sidelined since 4/27, hit .327 with 12 RBI in 15 games prior to going on the DL. Including Moreno and McCarthy, three other Hot Rods players have been placed on the disabled list this year (Alexis Tapia, Angel Yepez and Cameron Varga). They have been replaced by De La Calle, RHP Armando Bastardo and RHP Tyler Brashears and RHP Yoel Espinal. 

News and Notes: The Hot Rods have scored 11 or more runs five times this season, two more times than all of last year… Jacob Cronenworth leads the Midwest League in batting average (.359), OBP (.457), hits (52), and runs scored (35)… Bowling Green tied a franchise-record with 7 doubles on 4/26 vs. CLI (Last set: 7/20/15 vs. LC)… RHP Henry Centeno is tied for the Midwest League lead with 5 wins and leads the league with a 0.68 ERA… During game 2 of a doubleheader with DAY on 5/21, the Hot Rods played their shortest 7-inning game in franchise history (1:26), shattering the previous shortest game by 10 minutes… With a GS-homer and 5 RBI on 5/22 at DAY, Brett Sullivan became the first Hot Rods player with 5 RBI in a game since 6/30/16 (Leo Reginatto) and the first BG player with a grandslam since 7/2/15 (Riley Unroe).

Game #44 of 140: 5/23 at Dayton

First off, apologies for not posting for a few days.

Truth is, there hasn’t been much to post about, as the Hot Rods have lost 6 of their last 8 games. In snapping a three-game losing streak yesterday, Bowling Green did snap a stretch of scoring 2 runs/game in the last week (7 games) with a 9-7 win over Dayton. IMG_0828

Some notable happenings over the last few days —

Saturday (5/21): Hot Rods swept in doubleheader with Dayton, losing game one 5-1 and game two 3-0. In game 2, the Hot Rods were one-hit for the first time since 2014 and shutout for the third time this season. Game 2 only took 1:26, which is the shortest 7-inning game in Hot Rods franchise history by a whole 10 minutes.

Sunday (5/22): In a 9-7 win, Brett Sullivan had one of the bigger games in recent memory for a Hot Rods player. The designated hitter crushed a grandslam as part of the 2nd inning, becoming the first Hot Rods player to hit a grandslam since 7/2/2015 (Riley Unroe). His 5 runs batted in for the game is the most for a Hot Rods player since 6/30/13 (Leonardo Reginatto). He now leads the Midwest League with 33 runs batted in. The Hot Rods also got a homer from Joe McCarthy. Below are some highlights.

Hot Rods will try to salvage the roadtrip today with a finale against the Dragons. Check out the preview here!

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BOWLING GREEN HOT RODS GAME NOTES

 Bowling Green Hot Rods (23-20, 23-20) vs. Dayton Dragons (13-30, 13-30)

 RHP Roel Ramirez (2-2, 5.28 ERA) vs. RHP Jose Lopez (3-4, 3.61 ERA)

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

      Monday, May 23

    Game #44 of #140 – 7:00 p.m.

        Fifth Third Field – Dayton, OH

LAST GAME

Last Game: On Sunday, the Hot Rods avenged a doubleheader sweep by the Dayton Dragons the previous night with a 9-7 victory at Fifth Third Field. With the win, the Hot Rod snapped a three-game losing streak.

 

NEWS AND NOTES   

Who’s Hot: In 15 games during the month of May, C David Rodriguez is hitting .314 with all seven of his extra basehits (3 HR, 3 2B, 1 3B) during the month. Jacob Cronenworth is leading the Midwest League this season with a .360 batting average while Brett Sullivan leads the league with 33 runs batted in.

Day Dreaming: With a 9-7 win on Sunday afternoon against the Dayton Dragons, the Hot Rods improved to 9-4 during day games this season compared to just 14-18 during game played in the evening.

Double Dips: On Saturday, the Hot Rods were swept by the Dayton Dragons in their second doubleheader of the season. They swept their first one, on 5/13, against the Lake County Captains at Bowling Green Ballpark. In 2015, the Hot Rods were 3-5 in doubleheaders in 2015.

Struggle City: After a season-high six game win streak last week, the Hot Rods have struggled as of late, losing 6 of their last 8 games. In those games, the Hot Rods have scored just 23 runs total (2.85 runs/game) and have been held to one or fewer runs in four of those seven games.

One the Road Again: After a seven-game homestand, the Hot Rods were unable to win third straight series away from Bowling Green Ballpark by dropping the rubbermatch of a three-game set at Fifth Third Ballpark on Wednesday. Last road trip, the Hot Rods went 4-2, winning 2 of 3 from both Peoria and Burlington. The Hot Rods are 2-4 in the first six games of this current seven-game roadtrip.

Vs. Dayton: The Hot Rods and Dragons are facing against each other for the second time this season, as they opened up the 2016 campaign against each other. Bowling Green won the first two games in Southcentral Kentucky, while the Hot Rods and Dragons split a two-game set at Fifth Third Field.

Promotion Motion:  Last weekend, both LHP Jose Alvarado and RHP Yonny Chirinos were promoted to High-A Port Charlotte. Chirinos, who started the season in Port Charlotte, made four appearances with the Hot Rods, going 2-0 with a 2.81 and did not give up an earned run in his final 2 starts (10 IP). Alvarado, who started the season with Bowling Green, was 2-0 with a 1.46 ERA in 10 games with the Hot Rods while striking out 34 batters in 24.2 innings of work. Alvarado and Chirinos join RHP Ian Gibaut as the three Hot Rods players to be promoted to a higher level this year.

Transactions: On Saturday, OF Angel Moreno was activated from the disabled list, as C Danny De La Calle was sent to extended spring. Moreno is the second outfielder to be activated from the disabled list in the last week, Joe McCarthy last Saturday. McCarthy, who had been sidelined since 4/27, hit .327 with 12 RBI in 15 games prior to going on the DL. Including Moreno and McCarthy, three other Hot Rods players have been placed on the disabled list this year (Alexis Tapia, Angel Yepez and Cameron Varga). They have been replaced by De La Calle, RHP Armando Bastardo and RHP Tyler Brashears and RHP Yoel Espinal.

 

News and Notes: The Hot Rods have scored 11 or more runs five times this season, two more times than all of last year… Jacob Cronenworth leads the Midwest League in batting average (.360), OBP (.461), hits (50), and runs scored (34)… Bowling Green tied a franchise-record with 7 doubles on 4/26 vs. CLI (Last set: 7/20/15 vs. LC)… Kevin Padlo’s 7th inning HR against Peoria on 5/3 traveled 443 ft, the longest hit by any Hot Rods player this season … RHP Henry Centeno is tied for the Midwest League lead with 5 wins and leads the league with a 0.68 ERA… During game 2 of a doubleheader with DAY on 5/21, the Hot Rods played their shortest 7-inning game in franchise history (1:26), shattering the previous shortest game by 10 minutes… With a GS-homer and 5 RBI on 5/22 at DAY, Brett Sullivan became the first Hot Rods player with 5 RBI in a game since 6/30/16 (Leo Reginatto) and the first BG player with a grandslam since 7/2/15 (Riley Unroe).

 

Game #40 of 140: 5/19 at West Michigan

Thursday: The second of back-to-back Education Days for the Hot Rods and they have an opportunity to win their third straight road series overall with a rubbermatch the West Michigan Whitecaps.

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For the Hot Rods, the opportunity did not come easy, as they avenged a shutout and beat the Whitecaps 6-2 on Wednesday afternoon, scoring three runs in both the fifth and eighth innings.

Truth be told, the Hot Rods did not play the best game of the season, as the bats were sent down in order for seven of the nine innings. That being said, a win is a win.

In the fifth inning, the Hot Rods scored two runs on a double from Manny Sanchez and got a sacrifice fly by Peter Maris. Three innings later, Bowling Green scored three runs with two outs on a RBI double from Joe McCarthy and a pair of run-scoring singles by Brett Sullivan and Brandon Lowe. You can hear the highlights below courtesy of Alex Cohen.

On the pitching side, Bowling Green got another dominating outing from starter Henry Centen0, who became the second Midwest League pitcher to reach five wins and dropped his league-leading ERA to 0.68 with five more scoreless innings, giving up just four hits and tying a season-high with eight strikeouts. Centeno has given up just five runs (three earned) in 40 innings pitched this season.

The Hot Rods will try to earn that third straight road series victory, a feat they have not accomplished since July/August of 2014 on Thursday morning at Fifth Third Ballpark.

Below is a preview courtesy of the Hot Rods game notes.

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BOWLING GREEN HOT RODS GAME NOTES

 Bowling Green Hot Rods (22-17, 22-17) vs. West Michigan Whitecaps (19-17, 19-17)

  RHP Taylor Hawkins (1-2, 3.80 ERA) vs. LHP Matt Hall (4-0, 0.83 ERA)

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

Thursday, May 19

Game #40 of #140 – 11:00 a.m.

 Fifth Third Ballpark – Grand Rapids, MI

LAST GAME

Last Game: On Wednesday, the Bowling Green Hot Rods snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-2 victory in game two of a three-game series against the West Michigan Whitecaps. The Hot Rods snapped a streak of 15 scoreless innings with 3 runs in the fifth inning

 

NEWS AND NOTES   

Streaks Snapped: On Saturday, the Hot Rods had two main streaks snapped in their 9-3 loss against the Lake County Captains. In addition to their season-high six game win streak being done, SS Jacob Cronenworth had a streak of 30 straight games of reaching base to start off the season snapped.

Day Dreaming: To finish off their series with the Whitecaps, the Hot Rods will try to continue their good fortune while playing the second of back-to-back Education Days at Fifth Third Ballpark. With a 6-2 victory in the first Education Day with the Whitecaps yesterday, the Hot Rods are 8-3 when playing during the day and have won their last four Education Days.

One the Road Again: After a seven-game homestand, the Hot Rods will try to win their third straight series away from Bowling Green Ballpark with a victory against the Whitecaps on Thursday. Last road trip, the Hot Rods went 4-2, winning 2 of 3 from both Peoria and Burlington.

Law of Danny: Since Danny De La Calle was added to the Hot Rods active roster on 5/1, the Hot Rods have won all five games he has played in, averaging nine runs per game (45 runs, 5 games) while plating 11 runs in three of those games.

Vs. West Michigan:  The Hot Rods and Whitecaps will facing off against each other for the first time this year as the two teams will square off 16 times this season. Last year, the Hot Rods were 7-9 against the Whitecaps, as the two teams split three of the four-game series while West Michigan won the first four game-set between the two teams, taking three of four at Fifth Third Field last May. The Hot Rods were 3-5 in Grand Rapids last year.

Promotion Motion:  This weekend, both LHP Jose Alvarado and RHP Yonny Chirinos were promoted to High-A Port Charlotte. Chirinos, who started the season in Port Charlotte, made four appearances with the Hot Rods, going 2-0 with a 2.81 and did not give up an earned run in his final 2 starts (10 IP). Alvarado, who started the season with Bowling Green, was 2-0 with a 1.46 ERA in 10 games with the Hot Rods while striking out 34 batters in 24.2 innings of work. Alvarado and Chirinos join RHP Ian Gibaut as the three Hot Rods players to be promoted to a higher level this year.

Transactions: In response to the promotions of two pitchers, the Hot Rods added two pitchers to their roster (RHP Fernando Baez and RHP Bryan Bonnell) on Tuesday, while sending OF Angel Moreno to the disabled list. On Saturday, INF Joe McCarthy was activated from the disabled list. McCarthy, who has been sidelined since 4/27, hit .327 with 12 RBI in 15 games prior to going on the DL. Including Moreno and McCarthy, three other Hot Rods players have been placed on the disabled list this year (Alexis Tapia, Angel Yepez and Cameron Varga). They have been replaced by RHP Armando Bastardo and RHP Tyler Brashears, C Danny De La Calle and RHP Yoel Espinal.

Borderline Offensive: Despite being shutout last night, the Hot Rods offense lead the league in hits (347), runs scored (214), walks (152), stolen bases (56) and  homers (27). In May, the Hot Rods have hit 19 homers in just 16 games, more than twice as many homers (8) than they hit in 23 April games. The Hot Rods were the third team in Minor League Baseball to score 200 runs.

News and Notes: The Hot Rods have scored 11 or more runs five times this season, two more times than all of last year… Jacob Cronenworth leads the Midwest League in batting average (.377), OBP (.478), hits (49), and runs scored (33)… Bowling Green tied a franchise-record with 7 doubles on 4/26 vs. CLI (Last set: 7/20/15 vs. LC)… Kevin Padlo’s 7th inning HR against Peoria on 5/3 traveled 443 ft, the longest hit by any Hot Rods player this season… In game one of a doubleheader with Lake County (5/13), LHP Genesis Cabrera threw the first CG for a Hot Rods pitcher since 4/30/14 (J. Faria).., During a eight-game hit streak where he has hit four homers, Brett Sullivan is now tied for the league-lead with 6 HR and 28 RBI’s.

Game #38 of 140: 5/17 at West Michigan

Another successful homestand in the books (5-2) and another roadtrip for the Bowling Green Hot Rods.

This stop: Fifth Third Ballpark

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Three games in West Michigan, where the Whitecaps are playing some fine baseball (18-16) as well.

Some news and notes…

  • Brett Sullivan has three homers in his last four games, four homers in his last six games and is now leading the league with 27 runs batted in while being tied for the league lead with 6 homers.
  • Zacrey Law pushed his season-high hit streak to eight games with a two-run double in Sunday’s 6-3 loss to the Lake County Captains.
  • Since being activated from the disabled list on Saturday, Joe McCarthy is 1-for-5 at the plate with three walks. The one hit was his first pro homer, a solo shot on Sunday against Lake County.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Below is a preview of the series against the Whitecaps via the Hot Rods Game Notes!

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BOWLING GREEN HOT RODS GAME NOTES

 Bowling Green Hot Rods (21-16, 21-16) vs. West Michigan Whitecaps (18-16, 18-16)

  RHP Roel Ramirez (2-1, 5.87 ERA) vs. RHP Sandy Baez (0-4, 4.76 ERA)

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

Sunday, May 15, 2016

 Game #38 of #140 – 6:35 p.m.

  Fifth Third Field – Grand Rapids, MI

Last Game: On Sunday, the Bowling Green Hot Rods finished off a seven-game homestand with a 6-3 loss against the Lake County Captains. The Hot Rods finished off the homestand 5-2, winning the first five games while losing the last two.

 

NEWS AND NOTES   

Streaks Snapped: On Saturday, the Hot Rods had two main streaks snapped in their 9-3 loss against the Lake County Captains. In addition to their season-high six game win streak being done, SS Jacob Cronenworth had a streak of 30 straight games of reaching base to start off the season snapped.

One the Road Again: After a seven-game homestand, the Hot Rods hit the road to try to win their third straight series away from Bowling Green Ballpark. Last road trip, the Hot Rods went 4-2, winning 2 of 3 from both Peoria and Burlington.

Law of Danny: Since Danny De La Calle was added to the Hot Rods active roster on 5/1, the Hot Rods have won all five games he has played in, averaging nine runs per game (45 runs, 5 games) while plating 11 runs in three of those games.

Vs. West Michigan:  The Hot Rods and Whitecaps will facing off against each other for the first time this year as the two teams will square off 16 times this season. Last year, the Hot Rods were 7-9 against the Whitecaps, as the two teams split three of the four-game series while West Michigan won the first four game-set between the two teams, taking three of four at Fifth Third Field last May. The Hot Rods were 3-5 in Grand Rapids last year.

Promotion Motion:  This weekend, both LHP Jose Alvarado and RHP Yonny Chirinos were promoted to High-A Port Charlotte. Chirinos, who started the season in Port Charlotte, made four appearances with the Hot Rods, going 2-0 with a 2.81 and did not give up an earned run in his final 2 starts (10 IP). Alvarado, who started the season with Bowling Green, was 2-0 with a 1.46 ERA in 10 games with the Hot Rods while striking out 34 batters in 24.2 innings of work. Alvarado and Chirinos join RHP Ian Gibaut as the three Hot Rods players to be promoted to a higher level this year.

Transactions: In response to the promotions of two pitchers, the Hot Rods added two pitchers to their roster (RHP Fernando Baez and RHP Bryan Bonnell) on Tuesday, while sending OF Angel Moreno to the disabled list. On Saturday, INF Joe McCarthy was activated from the disabled list. McCarthy, who has been sidelined since 4/27, hit .327 with 12 RBI in 15 games prior to going on the DL. Including Moreno and McCarthy, three other Hot Rods players have been placed on the disabled list this year (Alexis Tapia, Angel Yepez and Cameron Varga). They have been replaced by RHP Armando Bastardo and RHP Tyler Brashears, C Danny De La Calle and RHP Yoel Espinal.

Borderline Offensive: Statistically speaking, the Hot Rods offense lead the league in batting average (.272), hits (338), runs scored (208), walks (144), stolen bases (55) and  homers (27). In May, the Hot Rods have hit 19 homers in just 14 games, more than twice as many homers (8) than they hit in 23 April games. The Hot Rods were the third team in Minor League Baseball to score 200 runs.

News and Notes: The Hot Rods have scored 11 or more runs five times this season, two more times than all of last year… Jacob Cronenworth leads the Midwest League in batting average (.393), OBP (.493), hits (48), and runs scored (32)… Bowling Green tied a franchise-record with 7 doubles on 4/26 vs. CLI (Last set: 7/20/15 vs. LC)… Kevin Padlo’s 7th inning HR against Peoria on 5/3 traveled 443 ft, the longest hit by any Hot Rods player this season… In game one of a doubleheader with Lake County (5/13), LHP Genesis Cabrera threw the first CG for a Hot Rods pitcher since 4/30/14 (J. Faria).., With a homer in three of his last four games and four roundtrippers in his last six games, Brett Sullivan is now tied for the league-lead with 6 HR and leads the league with 27 RBI.

Game #36 of 140: 5/14 vs. Lake County

Don’t look now, but the Bowling Green Hot Rods have won six straight games and are just 1/2 game back of the South Bend Cubs for first place in the Midwest League East Division.

Capping off a stretch where they have won nine of their last ten games and 15 of 20 overall, the Hot Rods swept a doubleheader with the Lake County Captains last night, winning game one by a score of 7-1 and game two by a score of 6-4.

Here’s a quick recap + highlights of each.

Game 1: W, 7-1 — LHP Genesis Cabrera threw first complete game for the Hot Rods pitching staff in over two years (4/30/14 by Jacob Faria) as he gave up just one run in seven innings while striking out six. Offensively, Bowling Green got a solo homer from Michael Russell and a pair of RBI singles from Zacrey Law and Jacob Cronenworth.

Game 2: W, 6-4 — Hot Rods turned a three-run deficit into a win for the second time this homestand, winning their sixth straight game bu a score of 6-4. The Hot Rods now have three come-from-behind wins this homestand and eight overall on the season. Bowling Green got another three-run homer from Brett Sullivan, who now has three homers in his last four games and a team-leading five rountrippers and 25 runs batted in. Along with Sullivan, the Hot Rods also got a pair of RBI singles from Manny Sanchez and Kevin Padlo along with a sacrifice fly from Peter Maris. 

The Hot Rods are looking to win seven straight games for the first time since 2013 as they take on the Lake County Captains tonight. Below is a preview.

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BOWLING GREEN HOT RODS GAME NOTES

 Bowling Green Hot Rods (21-14, 21-14) vs. Lake County Captains (21-14, 21-14)

  LHP Michael Velasquez (0-3, 5.87 ERA) vs. RHP Matt Esparza (3-2, 4.15 ERA)

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

Friday, May 14, 2016

Game #36 of #140 – 6:35 p.m.

  Bowling Green Ballpark – Bowling Green, KY

Last Game: Starting up a weekend series with the Lake County Captains, the Hot Rods swept the Captains in a doubleheader, winning game 1 by a score of 7-1 and game 2 by a score of 6-4. Bowling Green has now won six straight, nine out of ten and fifteen out of 20.

 

NEWS AND NOTES   

Winning Ways: The Bowling Green Hot Rods are continuing to play their best baseball of the season, sweeping a doubleheader with the Captains, winning the first five games of this homestand, six straight overall, nine of last ten and fifteen of their last 20. The Hot Rods six-game win streak matches their longest win streak in 2015. The last time the Hot Rods have won seven straight games was in 2013 (did it twice). Bowling Green is now just ½ game back of first place in the Midwest League East behind South Bend, who has the best overall record in the league at 20-13.

Law of Danny: Since Danny De La Calle was added to the Hot Rods active roster on 5/1, the Hot Rods have won all five games he has played in, averaging nine runs per game (45 runs, 5 games) while plating 11 runs in three of those games.

Home Cookin’: By sweeping a doubleheader with the Captains on Friday, the Hot Rods have won the first five games of this homestand and six straight overall when playing in Southcentral Kentucky. They are 13-4 at Bowling Green Ballpark this season.

Promotion Motion:  On Thursday, RHP Yonny Chirinos was the second Hot Rods player this year promoted to High-A Port Charlotte. Chirinos, who started the season in Port Charlotte, made four appearances with the Hot Rods, going 2-0 with a 2.81 and did not give up an earned run in his final 2 starts (10 IP). Chirinos joins RHP Ian Gibaut as the only two Hot Rods players to be promoted to a higher level this year.

Vs. Lake County:  The Hot Rods and Lugnuts will facing off against each other for the first time this year as the two teams will square off 17 times this season. Last year, the Hot Rods were 8-7 against the Captains, and have now played a doubleheader in each of the past 3 seasons.

Transactions: On Saturday, INF Joe McCarthy was activated from the disabled list. McCarthy, who has been sidelined since 4/27, hit .327 with 12 RBI in 15 games prior to going on the DL. Including McCarthy, four Hot Rods players have been placed on the disabled list this year (McCarthy, Alexis Tapia, Angel Yepez and Cameron Varga). They have been replaced by RHP Armando Bastardo and RHP Tyler Brashears, C Danny De La Calle and RHP Yoel Espinal.

Catching Cronenworth: 35 games into the season, SS Jacob Cronenworth leads all of minor league baseball with a .407 batting average and a .507 on-base percentage. His 32 runs scored and 48 hits both lead the Midwest League and rank second in all of minor league baseball while his .542 slugging percentage leads the Midwest League.

Borderline Offensive: Statistically speaking, the Hot Rods offense lead the league in batting average (.275), hits (324), runs scored (202), walks (138), stolen bases (55) and  homers (25). have 38 more runs scored and 7 more homers than any other team. In May, the Hot Rods have hit 17 homers in just 12 games, more than twice as many homers (8) than they hit in 23 April games. The Hot Rods are one of three minor league teams with more than 200 runs scored.

News and Notes: The Hot Rods have scored 11 or more runs five times this season, two more times than all of last year… Jacob Cronenworth has reached base in all 30 games he’s played in… Bowling Green tied a franchise-record with 7 doubles on 4/26 vs. CLI (Last set: 7/20/15 vs. LC)… Kevin Padlo’s 7th inning HR against Peoria on 5/3 traveled 443 ft, the longest hit by any Hot Rods player this season… In game one of a doubleheader with Lake County (5/13), LHP Genesis Cabrera threw the first CG for a Hot Rods pitcher since 4/30/14 (J. Faria).

Game #34 of 140: 5/12 vs. Lake County

Tonight, the hottest team in the Midwest League (Hot Rods) will start off a four-game series with the best team in the Midwest League (Captains).

Bowling Green comes into the game winners of four straight, eight out of nine and thirteen of eighteen while Lake County has the best record the entire Midwest League at 21-12.

Hot Rods - National Anthem

Photo Credit: Steve Roberts/Steve Roberts Photo

The two teams will square off against each other 17 times this year and ten times within the next calendar month.

Should be fun!

Below is a preview via the Hot Rods Game Notes.

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BOWLING GREEN HOT RODS GAME NOTES

 Bowling Green Hot Rods (19-14, 19-14) vs. Lake County Captains (21-12, 21-12)

  LHP Genesis Cabrera (3-1, 0.81 ERA) vs. LHP Sam Hentges (1-2, 4.91 ERA)

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

Thursday, May 12, 2016

 Game #34 of #140 – 6:35 p.m.

 Bowling Green Ballpark – Bowling Green, KY

Last Game: In the third game of a six-game homestand at Bowling Green Ballpark, the Hot Rods capped off a sweep of the Lansing Lugnuts by a score of 6-1 on Wednesday afternoon. The Hot Rods have won a season-high four straight games and are a season-high five games over .500

NEWS AND NOTES   

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.

Winning Ways: The Bowling Green Hot Rods are continuing to play their best baseball of the season, sweeping the Lugnuts and are winners of four straight, seven of their last eight games and thirteen of their last eighteen overall. The Hot Rods are now a season-high five games over .500 at 19-14.

Law of Danny: Since Danny De La Calle was added to the Hot Rods active roster on 5/1, the Hot Rods have won all four games he has played in, averaging just under 10 runs per game (39 runs, 4 games) while plating 11 runs in three of those four games.

SWEEP: With a victory against the Lugnuts on Wendesday, the Hot Rods secured a three-game series sweep for the first time since August 11 – 13 last year against Burlington. The Hot Rods also swept the Lugnuts last year in a three-game series on May 1 – 3.

Promotion Motion:  Last 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. Lake County:  The Hot Rods and Lugnuts will facing off against each other for the first time this year as the two teams will square off 17 times this season. Last year, the Hot Rods were 8-7 against the Captains, with two games cancelled due to rain or wet grounds.

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 RHP Armando Bastardo and RHP Tyler Brashears along with RHP 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 and RHP Yoel Espinal were also added to Hot Rods roster this week.

Leaders in the Clubhouse: Statistically speaking, the Hot Rods offense lead the league in hits (305), runs scored (189), walks (137), stolen bases (54), homers (22) and are second in batting average (.270). They have 31 more runs scored and 6 more homers than any other team. Individually, Jacob Cronenworth leads Midwest League with 32 runs scored, 46 hits and a .507 on-base percentage while ranking second in the league in batting average (.404). With seven scoreless innings on Wednesday, RHP Henry Centeno now leads the league in ERA (0.77) and is tied for the league-high with 4 wins.

News and Notes: The Hot Rods have scored 11 or more runs five times this season, two more times than all of last year… Jacob Cronenworth has reached base in all 29 games he’s played in… Bowling Green tied a franchise-record with 7 doubles on 4/26 vs. CLI (Last set: 7/20/15 vs. LC)… Kevin Padlo’s 7th inning HR against Peoria on 5/3 traveled 443 ft, the longest hit by any Hot Rods player this season… RHP Taylor Hawkins earned his first ever pro win on the mound with two scoreless innings of relief on 5/3 at Peoria. The Hot Rods have the third-most runs (189) in all of minor league baseball.

Game #31 of 140: 5/10 vs. Lansing

7 wins in 10 games and 11 wins in 16 games.

NEWSFLASH: The Bowling Green Hot Rods are playing some good baseball.

Nice start to the homestand last night as the Hot Rods rode a seven-run, seven-hit, seventh inning to beat the Lansing Lugnuts by a score of 7-2.

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In the frame, Bowling Green got a three-run homer from Brett Sullivan, a two-run single by Michael Russell and a run-scoring double by Peter Maris.

You can hear the highlights below.

 

The Hot Rods will try to clinch their fifth straight series victory with a victory tonight against the Lugnuts.  Below is a preview via the Hot Rods Game Notes.

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BOWLING GREEN HOT RODS GAME NOTES

 Bowling Green Hot Rods (17-14, 17-14) vs. Lansing Lugnuts (16-12, 16-12)

  RHP Roel Ramirez (2-1, 6.27 ERA) vs. RHP Ryan Cook (0-4, 6.29 ERA)

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

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

 Game #32 of #140 – 6:35 p.m.

  Bowling Green Ballpark – Bowling Green, KY

Last Game: In the first game of a six-game homestand at Bowling Green Ballpark, the Hot Rods scored seven runs on seven hits in the seventh inning to lead them to a 7-2 victory over the Lansing Lugnuts on Monday night. Bowling Green is a season-high three games over .500.

 

NEWS AND NOTES   

Winning Ways: The Bowling Green Hot Rods are continuing to play their best baseball of the season, winners of seven of their last ten games and eleven of their last sixteen overall. The Hot Rods are now a season-high three games over .500 at 17-14.

Road Reprieve: Sporting an 8-4 record at Bowling Green Ballpark this year, the Hot Rods are now 8-10 away from Southcentral Kentucky this year. The Hot Rods won two straight road series for the first time since June 2015.

Promotion Motion:  Last 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. Lansing:  The Hot Rods and Lugnuts will face off against each other for the second time this year after splitting a four-game series against each other at Bowling Green Ballpark in April. The Hot Rods won the first game, Lugnuts took the middle two games while Bowling Green won the series finale.

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 RHP Armando Bastardo and RHP Tyler Brashears along with RHP 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 and RHP Yoel Espinal were also added to Hot Rods roster this week.

Leaders in the Clubhouse: Statistically speaking, the Hot Rods offense lead the league in walks runs scored (179), walks (131), stolen bases (49), homers (19) and are second in batting average (.272). Individually, Jacob Cronenworth leads Midwest League with 31 runs scored, 45 hits and a .519 on-base percentage while ranking second in the league in batting average (.421), which also ranks second in all of affiliated baseball.\

News and Notes: The Hot Rods have scored 11 or more runs in a game three times in the last eight games and five times overall… Jacob Cronenworth has the most hits of any player in affiliated baseball (44) and has reached base in all 27 games he’s played in… Bowling Green tied a franchise-record with 7 doubles on 4/26 vs. CLI (Last set: 7/20/15 vs. LC)… Kevin Padlo’s 7th inning HR against Peoria on 5/3 traveled 443 ft, the longest hit by any Hot Rods player this season… RHP Taylor Hawkins earned his first ever pro win on the mound with two scoreless innings of relief on 5/3 at Peoria. The Hot Rods have the third-most runs (172) in all of minor league baseball.

Game #30 of 140: 5/7 at Burlington

Good news: The Hot Rods had lots of highlights last night.

Bad news: They blew a 5-0 lead and lost 8-7 to the Burlington Bees.

In trying to extend their season-long winning streak to four games, the Hot Rods surrendered their largest lead of the 2016 and lost a heartbreaker at Community Field.

The seven runs were the most the Hot Rods scored in a loss in over a year (4/29/15 vs. Great Lakes).

Offensively, Bowling Green got a two-run homer from Michael Russell, a solo homer by David Rodriguez and a pair of RBI triples from Peter Maris and Angel Moreno.

You can hear those highlights below.

 

More good news? The Hot Rods have a chance to secure their second straight road series victory as well as a winning record on the six-game roadtrip on Saturday against the Bees.

Below is a preview!

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BOWLING GREEN HOT RODS GAME NOTES

 Bowling Green Hot Rods (15-14, 15-14) vs. Burlington Bees (12-16, 12-16)

  RHP Yonny Chirinos (0-0, 4.76 ERA) vs. RHP Grayson Long (1-2, 1.80 ERA)

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

Saturday, May 7, 2016

 Game #30 of #140 – 5:00 p.m.

Community Field – Burlington, IA

Last Game: In the second game of a three-game series at Community Field, the Hot Rods surrendered a 5-0 lead and lost a heartbreaker to the Burlington Bees by a score of 8-7 on Friday night. The loss snapped the Hot Rods season-high three game win streak.

 

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.

Road Reprieve: Sporting an 8-4 record at Bowling Green Ballpark this year, the Hot Rods are now 7-10 away from Southcentral Kentucky this year. With a win against the Bees on Saturday, the Hot Rods will secure two straight road series wins for the first time since June 2015.

Promotion Motion:  Last 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. Burlington:  Coming into the 2016, the Hot Rods and Bees have traded home-field advantage, sweeping each other at their home parks (2015 in BG, 2014 in BUR). The Hot Rods did sweep Bees in Burlington in 2012.

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 RHP Armando Bastardo and RHP Tyler Brashears along with RHP 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 and RHP Yoel Espinal were also added to Hot Rods roster this week.

Leaders in the Clubhouse: Statistically speaking, the Hot Rods offense lead the league in walks runs scored (161), walks (119), stolen bases (42),  homers (15) and are second in batting average (.268). Individually, Jacob Cronenworth leads Midwest League with 41 hits, 27 runs scored and a .512 on-base percentage while ranking second in the league in batting average (.414).

News and Notes: The Hot Rods have scored 11 or more runs in a game more times this year (four) than all of last season (three)… Jacob Cronenworth has gotten on base in all 25 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)… Kevin Padlo’s 7th inning HR against Peoria on 5/3 traveled 443 ft, the longest hit by any Hot Rods player this season… RHP Taylor Hawkins earned his first ever pro win on the mound with two scoreless innings of relief on 5/3 at Peoria… The Hot Rods Bullpen has not given up a run in their last 14 innings pitched.

Game #29 of 140: 5/6 at Burlington

Cinco De Mayo proved kind to the Bowling Green Hot Rods as they shut out the Burlington Bees by a score of 2-0 on Wednesday night.

On the pitching side, LHP Genesis Cabrera (5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K) and relievers Armando Bastardo and Jose Alvarado (two scoreless innings each) combined to three-hit the Bees for their second shutout of the year.

Offensively, the Hot Rods won their first game of the year when scoring three runs or less. They scored both runs in the third inning on a RBI double from Jacob Cronenworth and a sacrifice fly by Michael Russell. You can listen to both calls below.

The Hot Rods will try to push their season-high win streak to four games to get a season-best three games over .500 with a win tonight against the Bees. Below is a preview!

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BOWLING GREEN HOT RODS GAME NOTES

 Bowling Green Hot Rods (15-13, 15-13) vs. Burlington Bees (11-16, 11-16)

  LHP Michael Velasquez (0-3, 6.00 ERA) vs. RHP Jaime Barria (3-1, 2.35 ERA)

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

Friday, May 6, 2016

  Game #29 of #140 – 6:30 p.m.

 Community Field – Burlington, IA

 

Last Game: Starting up the second leg of a week-long roadtrip and a three-game series at Community Field, the Bowling Green won their series opener against the Burlington Bees by a score of 2-0 on Thursday. The Hot Rods have now won 3 straight games on the road for the first time since 6/5/15.

 

NEWS AND NOTES   

Road Reprieve: Sporting an 8-4 record at Bowling Green Ballpark this year, the Hot Rods are now 7-9 away from Southcentral Kentucky this year and have now won three straight road games for the first time since last year (June 6 – 8) in a three-game sweep at Clinton.

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. Burlington:  Coming into the 2016, the Hot Rods and Bees have traded home-field advantage, sweeping each other at their home parks (2015 in BG, 2014 in BUR). The Hot Rods did sweep Bees in Burlington in 2012.

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 RHP Armando Bastardo and RHP Tyler Brashears along with RHP 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 and RHP Yoel Espinal were also added to Hot Rods roster this week.

Leaders in the Clubhouse: Statistically speaking, the Hot Rods offense lead the league in walks runs scored (154), walks (114), stolen bases (41), are tied for the league lead in homers (13) and are second in batting average (.269). Individually, Jacob Cronenworth leads Midwest League with 39 hits and is tied for the league lead with 25 runs scored while ranking second in the league in batting average (.402), on-base percentage (.500).

News and Notes: The Hot Rods have scored 11 or more runs in a game more times this year (four) than all of last season (three)… Jacob Cronenworth has gotten on base in all 24 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)… Kevin Padlo’s 7th inning HR against Peoria on 5/3 traveled 443 ft, the longest hit by any Hot Rods player this season… RHP Taylor Hawkins earned his first ever pro win on the mound with two scoreless innings of relief on 5/3 at Peoria… The Hot Rods Bullpen has not given up a run in their last 14 innings pitched.

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