Submitted by Bowling Green Hot Rods
Ft. Wayne -- Ford Proctor hit a two-run, go-ahead homer in the ninth inning in the Bowling Green Hot Rods' 3-1 Monday night victory over the Fort Wayne TinCaps at Parkview Field. The Hot Rods improve to 10-8 going into Tuesday's game.
Fort Wayne scored the first run of the game against Hot Rods reliever Alan Strong in the seventh. Dwanya Williams-Sutton reached and went to second on an error, moving to third when Lopez dropped down a sacrifice bunt. Ruiz singled through the right side of the infield, plating Williams-Sutton to give the TinCaps a 1-0 advantage.
Bowling Green seized the lead in the top of the ninth against TinCaps relievers Angel Acevedo and Carlos Belen. Bryce Brown led off the inning by forcing a full-count walk against Acevedo and scored when the very next hitter, Proctor, hammered a two-two pitch over the left field wall. Proctor's first round-tripper of the season gave the Hot Rods a 2-1 advantage and chased Acevedo from the game. With Belen on the mound and one out, Chris Betts reached on an error and went to second when Grant Witherspoon walked with two outs. Roberto Alvarez swatted his second hit of the game, a single, to left field that scored Betts from second to give Bowling Green a two-run cushion.
Strong worked a spotless ninth to secure the 3-1 victory.
McGee tossed a scoreless five innings while allowing three hits and three walks with a strikeout. Strong (1-1) went four innings out of the bullpen, allowing one unearned run with three hits and a strikeout in a win.