The Undercards: Hot Rods’ Offense Explodes in Blowout Win

By Robbie Knopf

One way to negate bad pitching: a lot of runs. Unfortunately that doesn’t happen too often.

Triple-A International League: Indianapolis Indians 7, Durham Bulls 4

Jim Paduch allowed 3 home runs in 4.1 innings and 5 ER and Ryan Reid allowed 2 more runs in 1.2 innings of relief as the Bulls came back from a 4-0 deficit to tie the game at 4 before falling 7-4. Leslie Anderson had a 4th inning RBI single as part of a 4 for 4 day and Henry Wrigley had a bases-clearing double in the same inning. Hideki Matsui went 0 for 2 with 2 walks in what will be his final game as a Bull as the Rays call him up today.

Double-A Southern League: Mississippi Braves 6, Montgomery Biscuits 0

Joseph Cruz gave the Biscuits a halfway-decent start, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits in 5 innings, striking out 4 while walking 4 and posting a 4-4 groundout to flyout ratio. The bullpen allowed 4 more runs, but the Biscuits could not get anything against Zeke Spruill, who tossed 6 shutout innings, and the Braves bullpen. Ty Morrison went 1 for 3 with a walk for the Biscuits in the loss.

Low-A Midwest League: Bowling Green Hot Rods 14, Fort Wayne Tincaps (SDP) 7

The Hot Rods offense surged for 14 runs, included 13 in innings 5-8 after falling behind 4-1, as they trampled the the Tincaps 14-7. Jake Floethe had a bad outing, allowing 4 runs in 4 innings, but every Hot Rod had a hit in this one as they more than compensated. Alejandro Segovia went 2 for 3 with 2 homers and 3 RBI, Jake Hager went 2 for 5 with a double, a triple, and a career-high 5 RBI, and Ryan Brett went 4 for 5 with an RBI, a stolen base (his 13th of the year), and 3 runs scored.