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Davitt retires Career-High 10 batters in Hot Rods 6-4 loss

Bowling Green Hot Rods

April 20, 2024 – South Atlantic League (SAL)
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Bowling Green, Kentucky – Duncan Davitt set a career-high in strikeouts with 10 and innings pitched with 6.0, but the Bowling Green Hot Rods (8-6) allowed four runs in the eighth that led to a 6-4 win for the Winston-Salem Dash (5-9) on Saturday at Bowling Green Ballpark.

The Hot Rods took the lead in the bottom of the first inning against Dash starter Noah Schultz. Chandler Simpson and Colton Ledbetter worked back-to-back walks to get runners on first and second. Cooper Kinney doubled to score Simpson and Ledbetter to give Bowling Green a 2-0 lead.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Hot Rods increased their lead over Dash reliever Frander Veras. Ryan Spikes was hit by a pitch, advanced to second base on a walk and to third base on a groundout. Veras threw a wild pitch, allowing Spikes to score and make it 3-0.

Bowling Green scored again in the bottom of the sixth inning against Winston-Salem reliever Max Roberts. Tatem Levins led off with a walk and Hunter Haas singled to put runners on first and second base. Jhon Diaz recorded a single to center to plate Levins to move the score to 4-0.

The Dash scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning off Hot Rods reliever Nate Dahle and four runs in the top of the eighth inning off Hot Rods reliever Drew Sommers to take a 6–4 lead.

Bowling Green went scoreless the rest of the way, falling by a final score of 6-4.

Manuel Veloz (1-0) earned the win for the Dash, giving up one hit and striking out one in a scoreless frame. Sommers (0-1) took the loss, allowing four runs on three hits, two walks and a strikeout over 0.2 innings. Eric Adler (3) recorded the save, walked one and struckout one in a ninth shutout.

The Hot Rods and the Dash will play the final game of a six-game series on Sunday, with first pitch at 1:05 PM CT. RHP Roel Garcia (0-0, 6.35) takes the ball for Bowling Green, while LHP Riley Gowens (0-1, 6.75) is on the step for Winston-Salem.

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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