Hot Rods win pitchers duel, end losing streak

Greg Harris struck out nine and earned the win for the Hot Rods on Friday.

Greg Harris struck out nine and earned the win for the Hot Rods on Friday.

The Bowling Green Hot Rods beat the Dayton Dragons 1-0 to end their eight-game losing streak Friday.

The game started 28 minutes late because of a rain delay, but it was a quick affair that finished one hour and 50 minutes after the first pitch was thrown. It was the shortest nine-inning game in Hot Rods history, and lasted only one minute longer than the shortest Dragons game.

The only run of the game was driven in by Alec Sole, who started at first base for the Hot Rods instead of usual starter Casey Gillaspie. He drove in catcher Mac James, who went 3-for-3.

Bowling Green Hot Rods 1B Alec Sole

Bowling Green Hot Rods first baseman Alec Sole

Greg Harris got the win, improving to 4-5 with a 2.43 ERA in 13 starts this season. He struck out nine while scattering three hits over seven innings. Neither he nor Dragons starter Wyatt Strahan walked anyone — the game’s only base on balls was issued by Hot Rods reliever Edgar Gomez, who struck out three batters in two innings and earned the save.

Strahan pitched the complete game for Dayton, striking out six batters while giving up one run on seven hits in eight innings. His record is now 5-5 with a 3.07 ERA.

Dayton Dragons starting pitcher Wyatt Strahan (left) and first baseman Avain Rachal

Dayton Dragons starting pitcher Wyatt Strahan (left) and first baseman Avain Rachal

The walk by Gomez was the only one issued by either team in the first two games of their four-game series. (Read my post about the first game here.)

Game 3 of the series is scheduled to begin at 6:05 p.m. CST, with RHP Jake Paulson (1-2, 2.88 ERA) starting for the Dragons and RHP Hyrum Formo (4-2, 4.96 ERA) taking the hill for the Hot Rods.

*All photos by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler

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