The Bowling Green Hot Rods are only 11-15 this season on the road but are still tied for second place (26-23) in the Eastern Division of the Midwest League. They are currently on their longest road trip of the season stretching from May 19-29.
Manager Brady Williams was looking at the long road trip as an opportunity to get the young guys use to being on the road.
"It's a different routine than being at home," Williams said.
The Hot Rods can attribute the overall success of the season to the team's strong batting average that leads the Midwest League and a team earned run average that is good enough for second in the league.
Road Record Not Helping
A loss against the Great Lakes on May 25 gave the Hot Rods their seventh series loss on the road this year. The Hot Rods are now 1-7 in series on the road.
A victory against Fort Wayne, in game one of the four-game series, keeps the Hot Rods in a second place tie in the Midwest League's Eastern Division.
Lansing is currently in first and is Bowling Green's opponent when they return home May 30. In the last ten games the Hot Rods have a record of 5-5. Seven of the past ten games have been on the road.
The Hot Rods look forward to returning home where they are 15-8 at Bowling Green Ballpark.
Batting Average Leaders
Josh Sale has been on fire for the Hot Rods at the plate since being called up May 4. Sale leads the team in batting average at .366, and he also leads the squad in home runs with five. Kes Carter and Ryan Brett are the only other Hot Rods with an average better than .300.
On May 21, Brett tied the franchise record with five hits in a game against the Fort Wayne TinCaps. Each hit by Brett was a single and it tied the record that was set just ten days earlier by Todd Glaesmann. Glaesmann leads the team with 25 RBIs.
Along with batting average, the Hot Rods lead the league in on base percentage at .343. The Hot Rods OPS is the also the highest in the Midwest League at .741.
So far in 2012, the Hot Rods are experiencing great success on the mound. They are second in the Midwest League in ERA.
Felipe Rivero has the lowest ERA on the team at 1.94 in nine starts, good enough for third in the Midwest League. The Hot Rods can also look to Carpenter and Rivero's high amount of strikeouts as a key to their success on the mound, with both having 48.
Austin Nichols is the Bowling Green beat writer for Rays Digest. You can follow him on Twitter at @Nichols_HotRods.
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