[Via email from the Bowling Green Hot Rods' broadcaster Tom Gauthier.]
Jason Corder smacked a two-run double while Tyler Hauschild roped a two-run home run on Tuesday night, lifting the Hot Rods to a 5-2 win over the Greenville Drive at Bowling Green Ballpark. Both hits came in the eighth inning of a 1-1 ball game, sending the Hot Rods (24-19, 58-55) to their third straight win over the Drive (20-23, 59-53). With the victory the Hot Rods delivered a strong message to the first-half champion Drive, taking three of four in the series. The two teams have now split ten games this season and will play one more three-game series in Greenville in September.
The Hot Rods winning rally came after they had left runners in scoring position in each of the sixth and seventh innings. But in the eight, relief pitcher Jason Blackey (0-1) issued a lead-off walk to Jake Jefferies before Mike Sheridan moved him to second on a groundout. After intentionally walking Isaias Velasquez, Corder drove a 3-2 pitch to deep left field, scoring both runners for a 3-1 Hot Rods lead. On the very next pitch, Hauschild hit his first professional home run into the left field picnic area to push the lead to 5-1.
Despite giving up a home run in the night inning, Josh Satow closed the door on a very good pitching performance by the Hot Rods. Starter Nick Barnese went the first 6.1 innings, allowing one unearned run on just two hits. HE walked three but struck out eight for the second straight outing.
He was followed up by 1.2 solid innings from Marquis Fleming (2-6). The right-hander, who had allowed multiple runs in three of his last four outings, struck out three without allowing a base runner. He earned his first win since May 17 against Charleston, snapping a personal five-game losing streak.
Fleming earned the victory after Barnese was reached for his only blemish on the night in the fourth inning. After retiring ten straight to begin the game, shortstop Casey Kelly (2-4, HR) reached on an infield single to third, but took second on a throwing error by Velasquez. He came around to score after Mitch Dening delivered a run-scoring single to center just a few pitchers later.
That base hit erased a 1-0 Hot Rods lead after Bowling Green put two runners on base with one out in the second. After Hauschild struck out, Jeremy Beckham delivered another RBI hit, scoring Velasquez to third to give the Hot Rods their first lead of the game. Beckham finished the series 5-10 with a double, triple, home run, and four RBI.
Corder, meanwhile, finished the series with back-to-back multiple hit games, going 2-4 on Tuesday night. In the final two games he picked up three doubles and five RBI, pushing his average to .260 with 14 RBI since returning from the disabled list.
After taking three of four from the Drive, the Hot Rods now have an off-night on Wednesday before starting a four-game series at Bowling Green Ballpark with the Hickory Crawdads (Texas Rangers) on Thursday night. Thursday is a Thirsty Thursday presented by All Hit WUHU 107 and No. 1 Country Beaver 96.7. First pitch is 6:35 PM, featuring $2 draft specials until the 7th inning. Gates open at 5 PM for season ticket holders and 5:30 PM for the general public. For tickets, visit www.bghotrods.com or head to the Hot Rods ticket office at the corner of 8th Avenue and Center Street at Bowling Green Ballpark. You can follow Thursday’s game on the radio beginning at 6:20 PM with Tom Gauthier on 13140 WBGN and www.bghotrods.com.
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