Bowling Green, KY - Tommy Coyle's two-run, walk-off triple in the bottom of the ninth inning provided a 6-5 Bowling Green Hot Rods (18-9, 56-39) win over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (11-15, 40-51) Thursday night at Bowling Green Ballpark. The two runs came in after the Rattlers erased a one-run lead in the top of the ninth with two tallies in a game that featured five ties and six lead changes.
The Hot Rods have won nine of twelve games and are at their season's high-water mark of 17 games over .500. The win is Bowling Green's third walk-off victory of the season.
The early portion of the action featured the Hot Rods jumping out to a 1-0 lead on an RBI triple from Tyler Goeddel. The Timber Rattlers tied the score in the fifth before Luke Maile doubled home Leonardo Reginatto in the bottom half of the inning to again provide the Hot Rods with the slight advantage. Both Maile and Reginatto finished the night with three hits.
Hot Rods starter Dylan Floro lasted a career high seven innings on the mound but surrendered two runs in his final inning of work to allow Wisconsin to take a 3-2 lead. The righty has now put together seven straight quality starts, has gone at least six innings in nine straight outings, and continues to lead the Midwest League with a 1.80 ERA.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Coyle provided a preview of things to come later in the contest when he singled home Reginatto to tie the score with one out. Then in the latter half of the eighth, Patrick Leonard connected on a go-ahead solo home run to right field that eventually landed on Kentucky Street.
Wisconsin put the pressure on the Hot Rods from the get-go in the top of the ninth, putting the first two runners aboard. With the bases loaded and one out, the Rattlers tied the score when Chris McFarland beat out a potential game-ending double play. Wisconsin then took the lead on a Luke Maile throwing error at first base on what would have been the final out of the frame.
Undeterred by another defecit, the Hot Rods placed the first two runners on in the bottom of the ninth via an Andrew Toles walk and a Reginatto single. Coyle came to the rescue again when he lofted a line drive down the line in right field, scoring Toles easily. Reginatto beat out a wide relay throw, and the Hot Rods won the back-and-forth contest.