The Bowling Green Hot Rods closed out the first half in style Sunday afternoon with a 12-3 rout of the host Fort Wayne (Ind.) TinCaps. The Hot Rods amassed 22 hits, one shy of the franchise record of 23 set in 2012.
With four runs in the second inning, Bowling Green set the tone early offensively. Alexander Simon singled in a run, two runs scored on two Fort Wayne errors and Johnny Field hit a run-scoring single.
Yoel Araujo led off the fourth inning by clubbing his 10th home run of the season for a 5-0 Hot Rods lead.
Two more runs crossed for the Hot Rods in the sixth. Field plated another run with a single and Armando Araiza was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force home Kean Wong. After Fort Wayne got on the board with a pair of runs in the sixth, the Hot Rods got the runs back in the seventh. Pat Blair led off the frame with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Araujo. Simon followed with a triple, and Juniel Querecuto sent him home with a single.
The Hot Rods capped the scoring in the ninth on Ariel Soriano’s two-run double and Araiza’s run-scoring, ground-rule double.
Eight of the nine Bowling Green starters had multiple hits, highlighted by four each from Querecuto and Araiza. Six of the 22 hits went for extra bases, and four different Hot Rods drove in two runs.
Bowling Green starting pitcher Jaime Schultz upped his record to 2-0. He worked six innings and struck out eight.
Walker Weickel fell to 1-8 for Fort Wayne.
The all-star break means no games for the Hot Rods until Thursday, when they’ll open up second-half play in Lansing, Mich.