Hot Rods lose late lead again

8 08 2013

It was another late inning heartache for the Bowling Green Hot Rods, who dropped the opener of a three games series to Great Lakes (Mich.) 4-3 on Wednesday at Bowling Green Ballpark.
Bowling Green lost for the fourth time in five games. In all four losses the Hot Rods have been tied or had a lead in the seventh inning or later. On Wednesday Aaron Miller’s two-run homer in the eighth erased a 3-2 lead.
Here are post game comments from manager Jared Sandberg and third baseman Tyler Goeddel.

Sandberg

“Whether it was they made pitches, they made plays, or we didn’t execute – whatever it was, we didn’t get the job done. That’s what really hurt us tonight. Again we are hurt late in the game with a home run. If you give up a home run late in a game it’s magnified, and it was tonight.”

on going 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position, stranding nine runners
“We definitely had our chances.”

“Lopez gave us a really solid effort like he always does. He pounded the zone down and worked under the barrels (of the bat) tonight. He made some pitches against an aggressive lineup. I thought he did an excellent job. You see what he did last time against Great Lakes and he does it again tonight.”

on the game winning homer after the lead-off walk
“It’s tough when the lead-off walk scores. Then you compound it with the home run and it is late in the game. That’s tough.”

Goeddel

“We definitely couldn’t get the big hit with runners on. I know we had a bunch of chances with guys on third and less than two out and we weren’t able to cash in. It ended up costing us the game.”

on losing the opener to the team right behind them in the standings
“It’s tough knowing they are right on our tail and then we lose a game like this were we feel like we had it in control. We still have a chance to win the series and that’s our goal.”

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