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Taylor’s Three-Run Homer walks off for Hot Rods, 7-4

Bowling Green Hot Rods

April 21, 2024 – South Atlantic League (SAL)
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Bowling Green, Kentucky – Brayden Taylor launched a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Bowling Green Hot Rods (9-6) to a 7-4 victory over the Winston-Salem Dash (5-10). Sunday at Bowling Green Ballpark.

The Hot Rods started scoring in the bottom of the first inning against Dash starter Riley Gowens. Chandler Simpson reached on an error by Dash shortstop Jacob Gonzalez and scored on a double by Cooper Kinney, putting the Hot Rods up 1-0.

Winston-Salem answered back off Bowling Green starter Roel Garcia in the top of the fourth inning. Samuel Zavala led off with a single, advanced to second base on a walk and scored on an RBI single by Bryce Willits. In the top of the fifth, the Dash took a 2-1 lead thanks to an RBI double by Zavala.

In the top of the sixth inning, the Dash extended its lead against Hot Rods reliever Jake Christianson. Shawn Goosenberg reached on an error by Hunter Haas and plated on a two-run homer by Wes Kath, making it 4-1.

Bowling Green scored again in the bottom of the seventh inning off Winston-Salem reliever Ernesto Jaquez. Kinney singled, while Colton Ledbetter and Brock Jones walked to load the bases. Haas walked and scored Kinney from third base to narrow the deficit, 4-2.

The Hot Rods came alongside in the bottom of the eighth inning off of Dash reliever Johnny Ray. Simpson walked and Xavier Isaac reached on a fielder’s choice, putting runners on first and third base. Kinney doubled, moving Isaac to third and scoring Simpson to make it 4-3. Isaac was plated on a wild pitch by Dash reliever Zach Franklin, tying the game at 4-4.

In the bottom of the ninth, Jhon Diaz and Simpson walked and Taylor hit a three-run homer to win the game for the Hot Rods 7-4.

Jonny Cuevas (3-0) picked up the win, striking out three, walking three and allowing one hit over 2.2 scoreless frames. Franklin (0-2) took the loss, giving up three runs on one hit, two walks and one strikeout in a span of 1.0 inning.

Bowling Green has the day off tomorrow before traveling to Heritage Financial Field to start a six-game series with the Hudson Valley Renegades. First pitch is set for 6:05 PM CT.

Fans can catch all the action by watching on MiLB.tv, listening via the MiLB First Pitch App and BGHotRods.com. Fans can also secure their seats for future home Hot Rods games by calling (270) 901-2121, visiting the Bowling Green Ballpark box office during normal business hours or visiting www.bghotrods.com.

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