Dayton, OH – Chris Murrill hit two more doubles and scored twice while Aaron Dott (1-1) threw five beautiful innings to lead the Hot Rods to a 5-0 victory over the Dayton Dragons on Monday night at Fifth Third Field. The win caps off a five-game series sweep of the Dragons and sends Bowling Green home for a long home stand with a 6-2 record on their eight-game road trip.
For the fourth time in the series, Bowling Green put runners across home plate first. Mark Thomas led off the top of the second with a walk before Eligio Sonoqui popped out to second. With one out, Thomas was sent in motion on a 3-2 pitch, which Brett Nommensen pulled into the right field corner for a run-scoring double and a 1-0 Hot Rods lead.
The Hot Rods made it 2-0 when Julio Cedeno followed with a bouncer to first base. The first baseman, Tommy Nurre, lunged for it but the ball deflected into right field for an error, allowing Nommensen to score standing up from second base.
The very next inning the Hot Rods tacked onto their lead with another pair of runs. Chris Murrill doubled down the left field line and then took third on a single by Tyler Bortnick. That brought up Dustin Biell who laced a single to right to score Murrill and bump the lead to 3-0. With runners at first and second, Mark Thomas grounded into a double play, advancing Bortnick to third. He would score a few pitches later on a ball in the dirt to make it 4-0 Bowling Green.
Two innings later Murrill and Bortnick produced another run. Murrill began the inning with his second double of the game into the left-center field gap. He then stole third and scored on a single by Bortnick, his second hit of the game, to give the Hot Rods their 5-0 lead.
The run support was more than enough for starting pitcher Aaron Dott, who grabbed the win in his second start for the Hot Rods. The lefty threw five shutout innings, giving up just two hits. He was perfect through 3.1 innings before Kevin Coddington singled with one out in the fourth. Dott struck out six, coming one shy of his career-high without issuing a walk.
He turned his 5-0 lead over to the bullpen, which carried the torch through the end of the game. Alex Koronis went three scoreless on a pair of hits and a walk. He was helped out by two double plays where Dragons runners were caught off base on a line drive to second and a fly ball to left field.
Murrill finished the game 2-4 with his pair of doubles, scoring a pair of runs in the process. Bortnick finished 2-4 with an RBI. Nommensen was also 2-4 with a double and an RBI. Biell picked up an RBI as well, his team-leading 18th of the season.
For Murrill, he wrapped up quite a series and road trip for Bowling Green. Against Dayton the left-fielder was 9-23 with four doubles, three RBI, six runs scored, and two stolen bases. He finished the road trip with 12 hits in 29 at-bats. He doubled four times, drove in five runs, scored another eight, and stole four bases in five tries.
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