The Bowling Green Hot Rods adopted the nickname Bootleggers for a night and became 100-proof winners by shutting out the Beloit Snappers 4-0.
Saturday was Bootleggers Night at Bowling Green Ballpark, in honor of Kentucky’s rich bourbon history. Hot Rods coaches and players wore special “Bootleggers” uniforms that included barrel-design jerseys, as you can see in this photo of Bowling Green third baseman Kevin Padlo:
With bourbon and bootlegging the themes for the night, the game appropriately featured a couple of shots — two homers that scored all the runs for Bowling Green. Padlo hit a three-run homer in the 3rd inning, and Manny Sanchez hit a solo shot in the 5th inning.
That was the 12th homer of the season for Padlo, who is now in a three-way tie for the Midwest League lead in roundtrippers. Fort Wayne TinCaps first baseman Brad Zunica also hit his 12th homer of the year Saturday, and Wisconsin Timber Rattlers middle infielder Isan Diaz entered the day having already gone deep 12 times this season.
Hot Rods righty Roel Ramirez earned the win. He gave up five hits and two walks while striking out six batters in six scoreless innings.
Ex-Cougars pitcher hurls no-hitter
Elsewhere in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, a former Kane County Cougars pitcher threw a nine-inning no-hitter for the Triple-A Durham Bulls.
LHP Justin Marks shut down the Syracuse Chiefs offense, giving up only two walks while striking out seven in his no-hitter for the Bulls. He also threw a wild pitch and hit a batter.
Marks pitched for the Cougars in 2010, his first full season as a professional ballplayer. He went 3-12 with a 4.92 ERA, 119 strikeouts and 41 walks in 109.2 innings (20 starts) for Kane County, which was an Oakland Athletics affiliate at that time.
He made his major-league debut for the Kansas City Royals in 2014, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks in two innings against the Minnesota Twins. That is his only MLB appearance.
This year Marks is 3-10 with a 3.73 ERA, 84 strikeouts and 31 walks in 89.1 innings (17 games/15 starts), mostly in Triple-A.