Midland, Mich. -- Jordan Qsar homered for the second-straight game and Zack Trageton struck out a career-high nine in the Bowling Green Hot Rods 4-1 victory over the Great Lakes Loons in the series finale on Monday afternoon. The Hot Rods improve to 69-51 overall and 30-20 in the second half, tied for first with the Loons.
The Hot Rods took a four-run lead in the first inning, chasing Loons starter Jack Little from the game. Ford Proctor led off the game with a walk and went to second on a wild pitch. Jordan Qsar hit his second homer of the series, a 381-foot blast to right, to give Bowling Green a 2-0 edge. Chris Betts and Jonathan Aranda both walked, chasing Little from the game. Jose Chacin entered from the bullpen and got a fly ball to right off the bat of Roberto Alvarez, but Romer Cuadrado dropped it on the chalk line for an error, allowing Betts and Aranda to score while giving the Hot Rods a 4-0 lead.
The Loons got a run back against Nick Padilla in his second inning of work during the seventh. Cuadrado doubled to right and Leonel Valera moved him to third with a single. Justin Yurchak grounded into a double play that scored Cuadrado to cut the Hot Rods lead to 4-1, but the Hot Rods held on the rest of the way en route to a series win.
Trageton (3-0) tossed five scoreless, allowing four hits with a career-high nine strikeouts and did not issue a walk in a win. Padilla allowed a run on three hits with a walk and a strikeout in 2.1 innings of work. Joel Peguero earned his 11th save of the season, tossing a scoreless 2.1 innings with two walks, a hit, and three strikeouts.