The Bowling Green Hot Rods continue to win on the opening home stand, posting a 4-2 win over West Michigan on Saturday at Bowling Green Ballpark.
The Hot Rods are 6-0 on the first home stand of 2013 and have won seven straight games.
The starting pitching has been one of the biggest keys to the earlier success.
Left-hander Sean Bierman threw six shutout innings on Saturday, continuing the string of strong starts.
BG starters have allowed three runs in the last seven games, two coming on solo home runs.
Bierman has yet to allow a run in two starts, spanning 11 innings.
The carousel turns to Tyler Guerrieri on Sunday, who is expected to go a maximum of four innings.
Here is post game comments from Bierman and Jared Sandberg
On Bierman’s performance
“Bierman was able to go out there and continue to do what our starting pitching has done — throw strikes, induce contact, and manage his pitch count. Sean pitched outstanding. He pitched with the lead. He was aggressive. He pounded the zone on both sides of the plate with all his pitches. He did a nice job.”
On two out RBI hits by Leonardo Reginatto and Luke Maile
“Those (two-out RBIs) are huge runs – big times for guys to really step up and get the big hits because in the end you never know. You have to tip your cap to West Michigan for never giving up and giving us a fight. That’s three good ball games in a row that they’ve given us. We were fortunate to come out on top.”
On having the chance to finish the home stand 7-0
“It would be a lot of fun (to finish the homestand 7-0). There is a lot to play for.”
“Pitching is contagious, just like hitting is. We’ve got each other’s backs, and we’re talking about the hitters after each outing. It helps to have somebody else do well so you can try to beat them, if you will.”
on his night
“I had command with all my pitches. I’m just trying to force early contact and let my defenders make the plays. Every time we get a guy across the that plate, you want to go out there and throw up a zero. It’s a little bit easier to pitch than when you are behind.”
on his start this season, 2-0 in 11 innings with no runs allowed
“I’m healthy, knock on wood. If I’m healthy I can work on stuff with (pitching coach Kyle Snyder) and some of the other guys.