The Bowling Green Hot Rods got back on the winning track with an 8-0 win over Lake County (Ohio) on Sunday at Bowling Green Ballpark.
Taylor Guerrieri struck out a career high 10 batters over five innings and Tyler Goeddel had two hits and three RBIs to fuel BG’s largest offensive output since an 8-0 win over Peoria (Ill.) on April 30.
Here are post game comments from Guerrieri and manager Jared Sandberg.
“Taylor was dominate for the get-go, in total control of the game. It was fun to watch. It comes down to some timely hitting, which we really haven’t had in the month of May. We were able to get that today.”
more on the offense
“It started with some two-out hits and some power today, which we don’t really have. With the offense kind of struggling in the month of May, that is what it takes – whether it is taking advantage of the other team’s mistakes or somebody clutching up with two outs and getting the job done. That’s what happened today and hopefully that is the way it will continue for the rest of the month.”
on if this is a game that can kick start the offense
“Hitting is contagious. One guy starts hitting and the whole offense starts hitting. That’s what happened in April and that is what we are hoping for right now. We’ve faced some good pitchers and some pitchers have had some good performances against us. You have to dig deep sometimes. It just takes the one hit or one day. Hopefully today was that day.
“He looks at those two walks and he’s not happy with it, but in the end you have to look at the overall performance. He dominated. I’m very, very pleased with how he pitched.”
on this Mother’s Day having a special meaning for him. Sandberg recently cut his hair and is wearing pink ribbons on his helmet in honor of his 30-year-old sister Jill Andrews, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer
“She was diagnosed with breast cancer in early March, had surgery, and is now going through chemotherapy. It’s obviously close to home. I’m just trying to support her as best I can.
“When you are on a stage or in a situation where you can provide awareness for any cause, it’s important. I think we are in a good spot. We’re in the Midwest League in A Ball in the public eye where we can raise awareness for whatever we need.
on Sunday’s outing
“I struggled in the beginning, with two walks in the first two innings. After that I tried to stay mentally strong and it worked out for me. I’m fine with my outing. The defense played well for me. The offense really hit well for me. It’s hard to lose when you put eight runs on the board.”
on setting the tone for the offense
“Whenever we put up zeroes and they get some runs on the board in our minds it’s game over.”
on studying San Francisco starter Matt Cain to emulate his game
“His fastball command is unreal. Whenever he is on he is really tough to hit. His change-up is good and his breaking pitch is good. Whenever he is on TV I try to keep my eye on him. He’s really fun to watch. I enjoy it.”