Friday, April 16, 2010

Bowling Green Hot Rods defeat West Michigan 2-1

The Game: The Bowling Green Hot Rods defeated the West Michigan White Caps 2-1 on Thursday night.

The Hot Rods took the lead right from the start. Dustin Biell singled to center to get things going. Biell stole second then later advanced to third on a ground ball by Dustin Biell. Eli Sonoqui drove home the run with a single to second to give the Hot Rods a 1-0 lead.

West Michigan fought back to tie the game in the fourth inning. Avisail Garcia doubled to center to start. Wade Gaynor advanced the runner with a single to short. Michael Rockett picked up an RBI with a sac fly to tie the game 1-1.

The Hot Rods secured the victory in the sixth inning. Eli Sonoqui led off the inning with a solo home run to right field to give them a 2-1 lead. Bowling Green's pitching squad held the opponents off the board to earn the victory.

Shane Dyer pitched 5 innings and allowed a run on 4 hits with 3 strikeouts and a walk. Alex Koronis improved to 2-0 with the win, pitching a no-hit inning with a strikeout. Matt Stabelfeld also pitched a no-hit inning, striking out 2 of 3. Kirby Yates recorded the save with 2 shut-out innings, allowing 1 hits with 4 strikeouts and a walk.

Hot Rods Player of the Game: Eli Sonoqui; 2 for 4 with the game winning home run and drove home both Hot Rods run.

RP Top Prospect Watch:
Tyler Bortnick: 1 for 4 with a double.
Ty Morrison: 0 for 3 with 2 strikeouts.

A Look Ahead: The Hot Rods (3-5) conclude the series against West Michigan (3-5) on Friday night. Wilking Rodriguez (0-0, 7.20) will start for Bowling Green facing Giovanni Soto (1-1, 1.80) for West Michigan.


  1. Shane Dyer has been a pleasant surprise early in the season with two solid starts. He had a rough year in Bowling Green last year but I don't think he was 100% healthy.

  2. Of all the starters in the system, Dyer is off to the most Jason Cromer-like start with mediocre peripherals and fantastic results. 2 runs on 10 innings, 10 his, 3 walks and four strikeouts. Certainly not terrible but the 85% strand rate won't hold.

  3. I'm not very high on Dyer either. After he lost his spot in the rotation to Andujar last season, I was suprised he was in the rotation again this year. He could lose his spot again when one of the 3 pitchers on BG's DL are ready (Tyree Hayes, Will Kline, Woods Fines). None of the other 4 in the rotation are in any danger. Even if Dyer sticks for the year, I don't see him ever making our Top 15 Pitchers list.