The Hot Rods fell to 9-12 in April losing a pair of one-run games to Great Lakes (Mich.) 4-3 and 1-0 on Thursday at Bowling Green Ballpark.
Bowling Green finished 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position, squandering a solid start from Dylan Floro in game two. BG has lost four out of five now, scoring three runs or less in four of the losses.
Here are postgame comments from BG manager Jared Sandberg,
“They had the big hits. They executed a little better. They did a lot things better than us and that’s why they were able to come out on top. I thought we played OK. We pitched well, defended well. That big hit and then some execution on offense wasn’t there.”
“In these times when thing get tough, guys start to press a little bit and it compounds the issue. Tomorrow we have to come out, two more games, and do a better job. Maybe the pressure showed up a little bit tonight. You saw in the last inning when we get a better pitch to hit possibly good things can happen.”
On Dunn’s little bobble that didn’t give him a chance to get the go-ahead runner at home in game one
“That was the ballgame. Nothing against Ryan’s decision to throw to second base, but it was a bobble and the game starts to speed up a little bit. That’s part of trying to think the game before the play actually happens. He came in and asked me what I thought he should have done and, off the bat, the speed of the ball dictated he could have went to second for the double play.”
on not getting run home in fifth inning, game two
“You don’t want them to turn a double play. Tommy is going on all ground balls, unless it is a little chopper in front of home plate. The ball is hit back to the pitcher and he turns to second base. (Great Lakes manager Razor Shines) yells, ‘Home.” I talked to Tommy about it and told Tommy he has to see the ball thrown to second base in that situation.”