Hot Rods win their first Midwest League championship

Tyler Day

Tyler Day was one of three Hot Rods relievers who pitched a scoreless inning in Bowling Green’s title-clinching win Sunday. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

The Bowling Green Hot Rods took another early lead against the Peoria Chiefs in Game 4 of the Midwest League Championship Series, and it was enough for the Kentucky cars to cruise to a 7-2 win that gave them their first MWL title.

The Hot Rods scored once in the 1st inning, five times in the 2nd, and one more time in the 3rd to take an early 7-0 lead. The Chiefs eventually answered with two runs of their own in the 6th, but that proved to be a blip along the way for Bowling Green’s pitchers, who were dominant in all the other innings. Starter Paul Campbell gave up those two runs along with five hits and a walk in six innings. Tyler Day, Jhonleider Salinas and Matt Seelinger each pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the Hot Rods.

BG’s Taylor Walls and Peoria’s Dennis Ortega each drove in two runs. Trey Hair homered and doubled for the Hot Rods.

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Hot Rods a win away from first MWL championship

Carl Chester

Hot Rods centerfielder Carl Chester had two hits and two RBI in Bowling Green’s Game 3 win over the Peoria Chiefs. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

The Bowling Green Hot Rods beat the Peoria Chiefs 6-1 in Game 3 of the Midwest League Championship Series, putting them one win away from their first MWL title.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs look to win the last two games of the series to win their first championship since 2002, but they would have to do so on the road.

Bowling Green took an early lead in Game 3, scoring four runs in the 2nd inning, and added two more in the 6th before allowing Peoria’s only run in the 7th. The Hot Rods got a great pitching performance from starter Resly Linares, who scattered four hits while striking out nine batters and walking none in six scoreless innings.

Hot Rods No. 9 hitter Carl Chester had two hits and two RBI.

Game 4 begins at 6:35 p.m. CST Sunday. The Hot Rods will send RHP Paul Campbell to the mound, while the Chiefs will counter with RHP Angel Rondon.

Bees, Rattlers extend PDCs

The Burlington Bees and the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers are the latest Midwest League teams to extend their player-development contracts with their big-league affiliates.

The Bees and the Los Angeles Angels extended their contract through the 2020 season. Their affiliation began in 2013.

The Timber Rattlers and the Milwaukee Brewers extended their contract through the 2022 season. This was their 10th season of affiliation.

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MWL finals: Chiefs win pitchers’ duel to even series 1-1

The Peoria Chiefs won Game 2 of the Midwest League finals to even the series 1-1. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Game 2 of the Midwest League finals was dominated by pitchers, with most of the offense coming in the final three frames. In the end, the Peoria Chiefs beat the Bowling Green Hot Rods 2-1 to even the best-of-five series at a game apiece.

Zach Prendergast was the pitching star for the Chiefs. The St. Louis Cardinals prospect gave up only two hits and a walk while striking out seven batters in 6.2 scoreless innings. He hasn’t allowed a run this postseason, and has struck out 18 batters in 11.2 innings.

Chiefs RHP Zach Prendergast stymied the Hot Rods offense for 6.2 innings in Game 2 of the MWL finals. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Hot Rods starter Tommy Romero also had a strong start, matching zeroes with Prendergast for six innings before giving up three straight singles to lead off the 7th. That ended the outing for the Tampa Bay Rays prospect, who allowed two runs on six hits and three walks while striking out six batters in his six-plus innings.

Hot Rods starting pitcher Tommy Romero (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Rayder Ascanio singled home Peoria’s first run. The next batter, Nick Plummer, grounded into a double play, but the Chiefs were able to score an insurance run that they ended up needing. The Hot Rods scored their lone run in the next frame, on a Vidal Brujan sacrifice fly.

Chiefs shortstop Rayder Ascanio blows a bubble after the Hot Rods made an out early in the game. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

The series now moves to Bowling Green for at least two games, to be played Saturday and Sunday. Both games have 6:30 p.m. start times. If a fifth game is necessary, the Hot Rods will host it on Monday night.

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Hot Rods shut out Chiefs in MWL finals opener

Tobias Myers pitched the first five innings of Bowling Green’s shutout of Peoria in Game 1 of the Midwest League finals. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

The Bowling Green Hot Rods used the right mix of pitching and power to beat the Peoria Chiefs 4-0 in the opening game of the best-of-five Midwest League Championship Series.

Three Hot Rods pitchers combined to shut out the Chiefs, scattering five hits and five walks along the way. Starter Tobias Myers, who got the win, gave up three hits and three walks while striking out four batters in five innings. He was relieved by Tyler Day, who gave up a walk to the first batter he faced, but otherwise was perfect in his two innings. Matt Seelinger pitched the last two innings for the Hot Rods, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out three.

Trey Hair drove in three of Bowling Green’s runs, including two on a 396-foot homer he hit with two outs in the top of the 4th inning. That came four batters after Moises Gomez led off the frame with a 406-foot blast that would’ve exited Dozer Park had it not hit the protective screen in place to stop baseballs from hitting vehicles on the street just outside the ballpark.

Hot Rods designated hitter Trey Hair homered and drove in three runs for Bowling Green. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Peoria’s only extra-base hit came off the bat off Zach Kirtley, who doubled in the bottom of the 8th inning. The Chiefs left the bases loaded in that frame, failing to cash in on their best chance at scoring in the game.

Peoria Chiefs first baseman Zach Kirtley (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Game 2 of the Midwest League finals will be played at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Dozer Park before moving to Bowling Green Ballpark for the rest of the series.

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South Bend to host 2019 Midwest League All-Star Game

Though it was already known the South Bend Cubs will host the 2019 Midwest League All-Star Game, an official announcement was made to that effect Monday.

The game will be played at Four Winds Field on Tuesday, June 18. A fan fest will be held at the ballpark on Monday, June 17, featuring a home run derby and an autograph session with Midwest League All-Star players and several former Chicago Cubs players.

“We are thrilled to host the 2019 Midwest League All-Star Game in South Bend,” South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg said during the press conference. “After a 30-year wait, South Bend is proud to once again welcome players and fans alike to our renewed downtown and thriving community.”

The last time South Bend hosted the MWL All-Star Game was 1989, one year after the city received a Midwest League franchise. Burlington Braves third baseman Tom Redington (2-for-4, 1 RBI) was named the game’s MVP. He batted .299 with 17 HR and 52 RBI in 85 games with Burlington that season. His career topped out at Double-A.

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