Hot Rods use big inning to rally back

7 08 2013

The Bowling Green Hot Rods avoided a four game sweep with a 9-8 win over South Bend (Ind.) on Tuesday at Bowling Green Ballpark.
On a night when starting pitcher Dylan Floro was knocked around for seven runs – six earned – the Hot Rods used an eight run sixth inning to rally back and beat the Silver Hawks at Bowling Green Ballpark for the first time in eight tries this season.
Here are post game comments from Jared Sandberg and outfielder Marty Gantt

“Both teams just beat up on each other. That’s how every game has been with South Bend. The thing I’m most proud of is, there is a lot of fight in our ball club. To even think about an eight-run inning in the six when we are down 7-1…I’m pretty proud of the team. That’s amazing.”

on how big this win was
“It’s a good salvage. We’ve played good games. Things haven’t gone our way. We haven’t executed when we need to. Tonight we were able to take advantage of some of their mistakes, lack of execution, and we got the big hits when we needed them. We kept grinding out at-bats and guys kept getting on base. That’s being unselfish at the plate.”

on Floro’s streak of nine straight quality starts ending
“Even Justin Verlander has a bad day. I’m not comparing Dylan Floro to Justin Verlander, but this game is not easy. For him to put the streak together that he did, at this level, is spectacular. He battled. He grinded. There is a lot of fight in Dylan Floro. It was still a pretty good outing by him against a really good ball club.”

on the next series against Great Lakes, who sit 1 1/2 games behind the Hot Rods

“We go from one good ball club to another. Hopefully the guys aren’t too tired after this series. We are in a long stretch of 20 games in 20 days. We have to good baseball. We have to play better baseball. Hopefully we can catch our breath at some point and come in ready to play tomorrow.”

“It’s a big win. We’ve lost seven straight to them here. We’ve had them on the ropes a couple of times. We just couldn’t finish it. Early it looked like it wasn’t going to go our way again. We started stringing things together. The next thing you know we are right back in the ball game.”

on mood in dugout during eight run sixth

“It’s 7-1 and you go in the dugout and there is not a lot of energy there. The next thing you know we’ve got the bases loaded and the energy starts getting high. Everybody just wanted to go up there and have a good at-bat.”

On breaking a 3-for-20 slump with a four hit night

“Things ain’t been going my way lately. I’ve kind of struggled and hit that wall. You have to go up there and keep having competitive at-bats. That’s what I did tonight. I took some good bats and things started falling my way.”


South Bend stops the Hot Rods again

5 08 2013

South Bend (Ind.) continued to have the Bowling Green Hot Rods number at Bowling Green Ballpark with a 5-4 win on Sunday.
South Bend improves to 6-0 at BG Ballpark this season and is 11-2 dating back to last August.
BG rallied from a three run deficit to tie it, but an Alex Glenn homer in the eighth was the difference.
Here are post game comments from manager Jared Sandberg and third baseman Tyler Goeddel who had two hits and two RBIs.


“We got beat by the long ball (Saturday) and we got beat by the long ball again tonight. We made some mistakes early and it cost us a couple of runs. The mistakes early cost us and you tip your cap to Glenn for hitting the home run.”

on four of five runs scored by South Bend coming with two outs
“Whether it is trying to do to much, executing a pitch, or a wrong pitch selection, they just beat us. They are a good ball club. They deserve a lot credit.”

on losing six straight at home to South Bend
“The last time we were in South Bend I thought we played some good baseball games and were able to come out on top. Both teams have played very competitive games, close games, games that were won late. There haven’t been many games that were blowouts. It’s just a matter of them executing when they need to.”

on being unable to get over the hump and get that big hit

“We’ve had a base runner in 29 out of 30 innings. The offense is grinding out at-bats, getting on base. It’s just a matter of stringing them together. The last 30 innings, we’ve had many opportunities. Somebody needs to make a play, but I don’t think we are at the point where we need to push the panic button.”

on Leonardo Reginatto playing in left for first time on Friday and Saturday
“It’s going to be his role all the way to the big leagues. It allows him to have some more versatility. He can play a solid shortstop, second base and third base. Putting him in the outfield adds one more dimension to his game. I think in time he will be able to play some first base.”

“It’s not easy to go out there in left field and catch fly balls. I think in time he will be comfortable. It definitely adds to his game and it’s a way to get him so at-bats.”

“They are a really good team. Today we came out flat the first few innings and I think that is what cost us. They are a tough team and we have to bring our ‘A’ game. We know that and we didn’t do that today.”

on the current streak against South Bend at BG Ballpark

“We were playing really good ball up until this series. I think it is just a matter of us focusing on playing our game and not worrying about who we are playing.”

On being unable to get lead
“The last four or five innings we had guys on base every inning with chances to tie the game or take the lead. We weren’t able to get that big hit today. Some days you get it and some days you don’t. We have to keep working.”

on trying to bounce back on Monday
“We try to win every series. Losing the first two is tough, but if we can win the next two that would be huge for us.”

Hot Rods beat Wisconsin on a walk-off

19 07 2013

The Bowling Green Hot Rods rallied back for a 6-5 walk-off win over Wisconsin on Thursday at Bowling Green Ballpark.
The Hot Rods blew a ninth inning lead before getting a two-run walk-off triple from Tommy Coyle. The hit came after Coyle was unable to get down a bunt to sacrifice runners over to second and third.
With the win BG moved to a season high 17 games over .500.
Here are post game comments from Coyle and manager Jared Sandberg

“That’s not necessarily how you draw it up. That game was so much up and down. I know Tommy was extremely disappointed to not get the bunt down, but I’m sure he’s ecstatic to get the walk-off triple.”

On starting pitcher Dylan Floro’s performance (a career high seven innings)
“He was able to pitch contact early to limit the pitch count, and he was able to get some swing and misses when he needed to. He was able to execute his fastball on both sides of the plate. His slider and change-up were below the barrels (of the bat). They were swing and miss pitches tonight. It was just a tremendous effort by him.”

“It’s definitely frustrating when you don’t get the bunt down twice. You kind of feel like you’ve let you team down a little bit, but you still have to go out there and compete. You still have one strike left. I just tried to battle. He was throwing some cutters and stuff that was breaking in. I was able to fight it off and lay it right on the line. I got lucky there.
“It’s a little embarrassing when you don’t get the bunt down, but it’s always nice when you make it up with a hit.”

on being able to fight back and win
“It’s definitely nice, especially knowing the pitchers threw well tonight and they battled. We wanted to put some runs up for them. It was a see-saw battle all night, so it was nice to come out on top.”

Snell leads Hot Rods past Wisconsin

18 07 2013

The Bowling Green Hot Rods returned home with a 6-2 win over Wisconsin on Wednesday at Bowling Green Ballpark.
Blake Snell worked a career-high seven innings to earn his first win since June 12, while Justin O’Conner added his team-high eighth homer to pace the offense in the opening game of a six-game homestand.
Here are postgame comments from Snell and manager Jared Sandberg

“That was an incredible game. We had a little bit of everything in that game. What a great game. I was talking to (pitching coach Kyle Synder) after the game and Kyle said that is probably one of the best defensive games he has ever seen. That was impressive.”

On Snell

“A young kid like that has dealt with some command issues and struggled to pitch late in games, that was an impressive outing by him. When you get the defense we were able to get behind him, Blake Snell can feed off that good defense. He has swing and miss type stuff and tonight he was very dominant.”

On O’Conner’s home run that broke the game open in the eighth
“For O’Conner to get the big hit, I thought that was definitely a huge swing that gave us some breathing room.”

“It’s fun. To finally go seven is one thing, but also it was good to not be behind every hitter like I’ve been this. It’s been kind of a frustrating year for me, but I’ve been working hard with (pitching coach Kyle Snyder). Now that I think we have something going here hopefully I can hop on and continue to roll.”

on what worked for him tonight
“I feel my fastball command was working. I was getting ahead of hitters and my change-up was phenomenal today. The slider was a good get-me-over to change speeds. I feel like it was all working.”

Hot Rods swept by Lake County

26 06 2013

The Bowling Green Hot Rods were unable to avoid the sweep, falling 6-3 to Lake County (Ohio). For a team looking for more consistency, the second half has gotten off to a rather inconsistent start.
BG outscored Lansing (Mich.) 25-3 in a three game sweep, but managed six runs in three losses to the Captains.
The Hot Rods got five shutout innings from the starter for a second straight game, only to lose in the latter innings.

Here are post game comments from manager Jared Sandberg and catcher Luke Maile
“The game is not easy. You go up against a guy like Dylan Baker and he goes five no hit innings. He had tremendous stuff today. He pitched extremely well to keep us off balance.”

On Eduar Quinonez’s four walk inning that led to three runs
“It’s not easy to throw strikes. Quinonez is out there battling. For whatever it is, lose of concentration or feel, whatever it was, he lost the command and they ultimately ended up with three runs.”

“I think going forward we need more concentration and consistency for sure. How do we get that? It’s young players. They are going to have to dig deep. For most of them it is their first full season. As cliche as it is, they have to keep grinding it out.”

“All the credit goes to them. Their pitchers did a nice job, especially their guys the last two days. It comes down to the basics for us. When we do the basics we are pretty successful. We did a pretty good job of sort of giving ourselves a chance, but they executed better than we did down the stretch.”

finding more consistency
“I think consistency at any level is really the backbone that makes good teams great and average teams good. We have a lot of talent on this team. We are putting our work in and doing what we need to do. It just comes down to playing better baseball.”

on his recent offensive surge
“I think I’m just being more aggressive at the plate. I’m not missing my pitches quite as much. I’m starting to put balls in play on advantage counts and hit line drives. I’ve felt pretty good for the most part this month. I think it just the ebb and flow of baseball. Sometimes you are on and sometimes you are not. I’ve made the adjustments I’ve needed to do. I just have to keep making more of them.”

Hot Rods lose pitcher’s duel

25 06 2013

An extra out in the ninth was the difference as the BG Hot Rods fell 1-0 to Lake County (Ohio) on Monday at Bowling Green Ballpark.
Lake County scored the winning run on a two-out RBI double by Joe Sever, who was able to bat because Dorssy Paulino reached on a wild pitch third strike.
It was the second straight loss to Lake County, and dropped the Hot Rods to 3-2 in the second half.
Here are post game comments from manager Jared Sandberg and reliever Nick Sawyer.

“That’s what it comes down to. Sever got to a good count there and hit the double. I didn’t expect 1-0 to beat us, but you have to tip your cap to Ryan Merritt. He pitched an unbelievable game.”

“We were a bit unlucky. The line out to end the game. Toles line out could have put us on the board. Other than that, we couldn’t really get anything going. You definitely have to tip your cap (to Lake County).

“Jeff didn’t have his best command, but I thought he showed a great slider when he needed it. That pitch kind of bailed him out. He made pitches when he need to, but he was definitely able to get into the sixth despite five walks.”

“Nick has only pitched three innings I think one other time, so he did a nice job commanding the strike zone. He had a plus fastball and got some swings out of the zone, which he tends to do with his fastball. There is a lot of positives you can take from both pitchers tonight.”

“We’re looking for some consistency. When you win three games then lose two, it is too much of a roller coaster. It would be nice to right the ship (today) for sure.”

“It’s kind of tough. I thought it was gonna to be a quick inning like the other two innings. I should have made better pitch selection I guess. It’s difficult being a reliever. You have your ups and downs, your good days and your bad days. You just have to learn to work through it and try to have more good days than bad.”

“I rushed myself going to the plate and I didn’t get my rhythm back. I wasn’t in tune with my body and I gave up my command.”

Hot Rods fall to Lake County

24 06 2013

The BG Hot Rods lost for the first time in the second half, dropping a 4-3 decision to Lake County (Ohio) on Sunday at Bowling Green Ballpark.
Two unearned runs early and a 1-for-8 night at the plate with runners in scoring position were the difference in a game that the Hot Rods were in until the final out.
Here are postgame comments from manager Jared Sandberg and designated hitter Justin O’Conner.


“We just couldn’t overcome the mistakes early. Mistakes are going to be made. The guys need to learn from them and try to think about what they will do differently the next time. We’re going to make mistakes and tonight it ended up costing us the game.”

“Lopez pitched well. He just ran out of pitches. He labored a little bit in the third and fourth, but I thought he pitched very well. He’s going to attack the zone. He has a nice (two-seam fastball). He had tremendous stuff early with his slider and change-up working well and got a lot of ground balls.”

“He has pitched well for us. We have the right guy to go out there and try and even the series.”

“We played a good game. The hitting and pitching was good, it just didn’t work out for us. We didn’t catch the breaks that they did and we didn’t come out on top.”

on the success he and Luke Maile are having at the plate alternating between catcher and DH. O’Conner has four homers and 12 RBIs in June, while Maile is hitting .368
“I think me and Luke go well together. Right now we are both hitting well. The catching is going great. I think it couldn’t be better right now.”