(Bowling Green, KY) - Mike Sheridan sparked the Hot Rods to a four-run sixth inning on Sunday afternoon, sending the Hot Rods to a 5-4 win over the Greenville Drive at Bowling Green Ballpark. Sheridan's home run came after two frustrating innings where the Hot Rods left two runners on in each of the fourth and fifth innings. The blast also helped the Hot Rods (22-19, 56-55) even this four-game series with Greenville heading into game three on Monday night.
The Hot Rods finally broke through against the Drive after starter Mike Lee (ND) left the game for relief pitcher Leandro Marin in the sixth. With one out, Mike Sheridan drove a 3-1 fastball over the right fiell wall for his 13th home run of the season, driving in his third run of the series to give the Hot Rods a 2-1 lead.
Sheridan's home run earned him Koch Air Hottest Hitter honors and seemed to spark the offense as Isaias Velasquez and John Mollicone followed with singled. Two batters after that Jason Tweedy reached on an infield single to first base that scored Velasquez all the way from second to push the lead to 3-1. Jeremy Beckham then delivered a ground ball triple into the left field corner that scored two more runs to bump the swell to 5-1.
Greenville would come back with a run in the seventh against Neil Schenk, producing a lead-off triple from Shannon Wilkerson followed three batters later by an Oscar Tejeda sacrifice fly to make the lead 5-2.
In the eighth, the Drive picked up two more runs. Still facing Schenk, Ryan Lavarnway delivered a one-out double followed by a walk to Ty Weeden. Schenk would exit the game after the walk, throwing 2.1 innings. Josh Satow came on an immediately gave up a two-run double to Will Middlebrooks that brought the Drive within one run. But, Satow got the final two outs of that inning and then worked around a walk and a single to retire the Drive in the ninth for this 16th save in 20 tries.
Sheridan led the offense with his home run, going 2-4 to extend his hitting streak to three games. Jeremy Beckham also had two hits, picking up two RBI, his first since an RBI triple at Lexington on June 16. Joining Sheridan in the home run club was Anthony Scelfo, who hit his third lead-off home run in the top of the first inning, his fifth homer in his last five games at Bowling Green Ballpark.
Game three of the series comes up on Monday night. Monday is Service Industry Night presented by O'Charley's as well as another MinitMart Monday. First pitch is 6:35 PM at Bowling Green Ballpark. For tickets, visit www.bghotrods.com or head to the Hot Rods ticket office at the corner of 8th Avenue and Center Street at Bowling Green Ballpark.