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Rays prospects and minor leagues: Champions! Hot Rods clinch Midwest League title

Bowling Green completed an impressive postseason run on Sunday.

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With Bowling Green’s season now finished, there’s just one game left on the Rays minor league schedule this season — Durham’s Triple-A National Championship contest against Memphis on Tuesday.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (79-60)

Durham was off.

Class-A Bowling Green Hot Rods (7-1)

Bowling Green rolled to a 7-2 win over Peoria, winning its first Midwest League championship. With a lot of early scoring, the outcome was hardly in doubt. Vidal Brujan led off the game with a walk and scored on Moises Gomez’s double, and the Hot Rods put the game out of the reach in the second inning. Thanks to a couple errors, they were able to score five unearned runs, including four with two outs. Taylor Walls doubled in two and scored on a Jim Haley single. With the early run support, Paul Campbell cruised through six innings, allowing two runs and striking out four.

2B Vidal Brujan: 1-for-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
SS Taylor Walls: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
C Ronaldo Hernandez: 0-for-4, 2 K
DH Trey Hair: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI

RHP Paul Campbell: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K


Monday’s games (probables courtesy of

Durham is off.

Bowling Green’s season is over.

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