Bowling Green Hot Rods infielder Osmy Gregorio’s hot streak continued in a 3-2 win Sunday over West Michigan at Bowling Green Ballpark.

Gregorio had his third straight three-hit game, including a walk-off RBI single to give Bowling Green (52-35 overall, 13-4 second half) its second straight win over West Michigan.

“It’s good to see Gregorio having a better second half and doing a really good job for us,” Bowling Green manager Reinaldo Ruiz said. “Gregorio is more mature now at the plate. He was not trying to do too much. He knew with righty-righty he was going to see a lot of sliders and breaking balls away, so he was ready.”

Gregorio has a nine-game hitting streak, raising his batting average from .158 to .201. He has taken off since being moved up to the second spot in the order after top prospect Wander Franco was promoted to High A Port Charlotte (Fla.), with 18 hits in 39 at-bats.

“When you go to hit, you have to have a plan,” Gregorio said. “You have to have one plan, get ready for the right pitch. I think middle-away all the time.”

His final hit Sunday came after West Michigan (28-58, 7-10) opted to walk Ford Proctor with a runner on second and two outs to pitch to Gregorio.

He went down 0-1 to Yaya Chentouf before hitting a slider up the middle into center field, allowing Kevin Santiago to score the game winner and give Bowling Green its fifth walk-off win of the season – the second against the Whitecaps.

“I was ready for the slider,” Gregorio said. “The slider is the best pitch for him, so I got ready for it and stayed quiet (at the plate).”

Gregorio’s late-game heroics capped a game dominated for the most part by the pitching.

The Hot Rods got a run in the third on an RBI single, then extended the lead to 2-0 one inning later when Nate Soria tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Proctor.

The Whitecaps got an unearned run in the sixth and a solo homer by Parker Meadows in the seventh to tie the score 2-all. That would be West Michigan’s final hit of the day, with Joel Peguero tossing two perfect innings to earn the win and improve to 2-0 on the season.

Gregorio finished with half of the Hot Rods’ six hits.

QUALITY WORK

Hopkinsville native Easton McGee continued his strong second half with another quality start Sunday.

The right-hander allowed two runs – one earned – and five hits while striking out five in seven innings of work. He threw 81 pitches, 64 for strikes.

It’s the third straight quality start in the second half for McGee, who entered the all-star break last month allowing 11 runs over his final two outings.

“It’s good to see McGee pitching the way he has been pitching in the second half,” Ruiz said. “He didn’t finish the first half strong, but he made some adjustments in his mechanics … and the last three outings he has done a really good job.”

UP NEXT

The series concludes at 12:05 p.m. Monday.

Right-hander Caleb Sampen (5-3, 3.19) is scheduled to start for the Hot Rods. Sampen tossed seven shutout innings in his last start at Dayton on Tuesday. He has allowed two earned runs in 12 innings of work in the second half. The right-hander is 2-0 against West Michigan this season, allowing one run and eight hits in 13 innings.

Right-hander Brad Bass (1-0, 2.70) is scheduled to start for West Michigan. Bass will be making his third start since rejoining the Whitecaps on June 21. He was 7-7 with a 4.05 ERA in 21 starts for West Michigan last year, including two starts against Bowling Green where he allowed one earned run in 13 innings of work.{&end}

– Follow Hot Rods reporter Micheal Compton on Twitter @mcompton428 or visit bgdailynews.com.

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