The Bowling Green Hot Rods blew a ninth inning lead before rallying for a 5-4 walk-off win South Bend (Ind.) on Friday at Bowling Green Ballpark.
South Bend rallied from 3-1 down, before Granden Goetzman tripled – his second of the night – to tie the game, then scored on a wild pitch to win it.
Here are post game comments from manager Michael Johns and Goetzman.
On reliever Ian Kendall limiting the damage after South Bend scored three in ninth
“To me that was the difference in the game. You look back and we had bases loaded and only scratched across one. We had first and third with one out in the next inning and didn’t get a run. You always worry about it as a manager that those runs will come back to haunt you. Fortunately, we did have fight in the ninth and were able to scratch two across.”
On getting the win
“We felt like we had the game in hand, I think everybody did, for eight or nine innings. They made a run at it in the ninth. They have a good team, I think a lot better team that what we have made them look like the last few nights.”
On starter Jordan Harrison, who allowed 1 run on two hits in five innings
“Harrison did a really nice job moving the ball in and out. He had his off speed (pitches) working. To get five innings (was nice).”
On Brad Schreiber’s tough ninth allowing three runs
“Schreiber is better than that. He’s been better than that. He is going to be fine. He is kind of getting his feet wet.”
On Goetzman’s hot start (4-for-9 in two games)
“He’s got everything you need in a player. He’s got foot speed. He’s got bat speed. He’s a really good baseball players. His numbers just haven’t been there, where we think they will be. To have him get off to a hot start like this…is really fun to watch.”
On three scoreless innings of relief from Andrew Hanse
“He made it look easy. He keeps the ball down, throws his slider for a strike. He doesn’t get fazed or rattled. He’s got good stuff and a good rapport. He did a really nice job.”
“We stayed in the game the entire thing. Obviously that was not how we wanted it to end, but it was an exciting finish. Everybody on the team stayed in it. Everybody did their job and everybody contributed.”
On the game tying triple
“I’m coming up thinking, ‘Don’t try to do too much. Get him in scoring position and the guys behind me will drive him in. The pitcher left a slider up and I was able to execute on it.”
On scoring on the wild pitch
“(Johns) put it in my head to be ready for it and sure enough there it was. I just hustled in and slid.”
On his quick start
“I’m just trying not to do too much. That’s the biggest thing. It’s going well for everybody. We’re going to keep this rolling.
“Every at-bat is a new at-bat. Every game is a new game. I’m just trying to live in the moment.”