A pair of home runs by Hunter Lockwood helped lead the Bowling Green Hot Rods to a 10-2 win over the Dayton Dragons on Sunday.
The Hot Rods connected for 17 hits — one shy of their season-high — and drew three walks. Justin Williams, Lockwood, and Mac James — the heart of their order — each had three hits. The team scored four runs in the 1st and 5th innings, doing so in the latter frame on back-to-back homers by Lockwood and James.
Did you notice the dog in the photo above? It was “Bark at the Park” day at Bowling Green Ballpark, and I have a theory connecting the promotion to Lockwood’s big day at the plate. Perhaps he did well because he pet a good-luck puppy before the game.
The Hot Rods wore their special “Rays Day Sundae” jerseys. For Sunday home games, they wear jerseys designed like the powder-blue ones of their parent club, the Tampa Bay Rays. The promotion extends to fans being able to buy half-priced sundaes and get autographs after the game.
Here is a good look at the jersey on Hot Rods starting pitcher Hunter Wood:
Wood pitched well, allowing only two hits while striking out six and walking none in five innings. It was his first start of 2015 after making 17 relief appearances earlier in the season.
Dragons starting pitcher Junior Morillo took the loss after giving up nine runs on 10 hits and two walks. He struck out two and gave up three homers.
Every Bowling Green batter had at least one hit. Dayton’s Ronald Bueno extended his hitting streak to eight games.
*All photos by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler