Final score – Bowling Green 8, Rome 4

(Media release from the Rome Braves):

The Rome Braves and Bowling Green Hot Rods met on Wednesday afternoon for a rare 1:00 PM start at AdventHealth Stadium.

Royber Salinas would get the starting nod for the Braves after recently cracking Atlanta’s list of top thirty prospects. Salinas would look sharp early, as he had the strike out pitch working.

Salinas would notch six strikeouts before being tagged for four earned runs by Bowling Green. The top of the fourth inning would see Logan Driscoll, Johan Lopez, Luis Leon, and Mason Auer all drive in runs for the Hot Rods, driving Salinas out of the game after four full innings pitched.

Davis Schwab would be the first man out of the pen for Rome, giving up one run on three hits while striking out four. Jake McSteen and Dylan Spain would combine to record two shut out innings with two walks and one strike out.

Bryson Horne would drive in the first run for the Braves in the home half of the sixth inning with a double in the gap that scored Cal Conley.

The bulk of Rome’s offense would come in the bottom of the ninth, as Beau Philip would belt his eighth home run of the year with two outs to cut Bowling Green’s lead to four. However, that would be all Rome could muster up, and they would fall to the Hot Rods by a final score of eight runs to four.

The loss is Rome’s thirty-fifth overall in 2022, and just their fifth in the second half. The Braves still cling to a first place lead over Bowling Green, and will tee it back up tonight for a 7:00 PM first pitch. Luis De Avila is scheduled to get the ball in game three against the Hot Rods.