Asheville, North Carolina– Ronny Simon and Tanner Murray led the way with three hits each in the Bowling Green Hot Rods (3-1, 44-25) 14-5 win over the Asheville Tourists (2-2, 28-41) on Tuesday night at McCormick Field in Asheville, North Carolina. The Hot Rods and Tourists will play the second
Asheville, North Carolina– Ronny Simon and Tanner Murray led the way with three hits each in the Bowling Green Hot Rods (3-1, 44-25) 14-5 win over the Asheville Tourists (2-2, 28-41) on Tuesday night at McCormick Field in Asheville, North Carolina. The Hot Rods and Tourists will play the second game of a six-game set on Wednesday with a 5:35 PM CT first pitch.
The Hot Rods jumped out to an early lead, plating a run in the first against Tourists starter Aaron Brown. Simon led off the game with a double off the wall in right and, with one out, went to third when Kyle Manzardo singled. Simon scored on an error, giving the Hot Rods a 1-0 lead.
BG plated two more runs in the second with Brown still on the mound. Murray doubled off the wall in right with one out and, in the next at-bat, scored when Luis Leon hit his first homer with Bowling Green to give the Hot Rods a 3-0 edge.
Asheville got a run back in the bottom of the second, but the Hot Rods plated two with the bases loaded in the fourth to give BG a 5-1 advantage. Murray plated Dru Baker on a single in the fifth, but the Tourists scored two runs of their own in the bottom of the frame to make it a 6-3 game.
The Bowling Green offense went off in the sixth, extending the lead out of reach. An eight-run frame boosted the BG advantage to 14-3 with 13 hitters coming to the plate during the frame. The Tourists tacked on two in the bottom of the eighth, but the Hot Rods took home the win 14-5 in the series opener.
Nathan Wiles tossed 4.0 innings, allowing one run on four hits in a no-decision. Anthony Molina allowed four runs on five hits with two walks and a strikeout over 2.0 innings out of the bullpen. Audry Lugo (6-1) earned the win after throwing 3.0 shutout innings, allowing three hits with two punch-outs.
Notes: The eight-run sixth is the highest-scoring inning of the season for Bowling Green… BG tied their season-high with 14 runs… Every hitter in the lineup had at least one hit… Eight of nine hitters had an RBI on Tuesday… Simon had his 15th multi-hit game of the season… It was also his second three-hit game… He had his 10th multi-RBI effort… Manzardo had his ninth multi-hit game of 2022… He also had his ninth multi-RBI game… Hernandez had two hits for the eighth time this season in his 12th multi-hit effort… Infante has 16 multi-RBI games this season… Murray had three hits in a game for the second time this season in his 14th multi-hit game… Leon had his second two-hit game and his first multi-RBI game with BG… He also hit his first High-A homer… Auer played in his first game with BG and logged his first High-A hit… The Hot Rods and Tourists will play the second game of a six-game series on Wednesday… First pitch is set for 5:35 PM CT… Bowling Green will send RH Logan Workman (2-2, 3.65) to the mound against Asheville RH Rhett Kouba (2-1, 3.86)… Fans can listen to the game on Talk 104.1 FM and 930 AM WKCT… Fans can listen via the MiLB First Pitch app on Android and IOS, or go to the Hot Rods website at www.bghotrods.com
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