Four Bowling Green Hot Rods pitchers combined efforts to no-hit the Lansing Lugnuts in nine innings Friday night.
Blake Snell, Eduar Quinonez, Nick Sawyer and Marcus Jensen were the four Hot Rods pitchers who hurled the first nine-inning no-hitter in franchise history. Victor Mateo pitched Bowling Green’s only other no-hitter, in 2011, but his was a seven-inning one that was the second game of a doubleheader.
On any other night, the offensive outburst displayed by Hot Rods hitters Friday would’ve gotten top billing. Bowling Green won 14-1 — Lansing scored an unearned run on a play that included two BG errors — thanks in part to a four-hit performance by 1B Ryan Dunn and a three-hit game by DH Leonardo Reginatto. 3B Tyler Goeddel drove in three runs; 2B Thomas Coyle, Reginatto and SS Brandon Martin each drove in two runs; and LF Marty Gantt, Dunn and RF Joey Rickard each drove in a run. Nobody hit a home run.
As is often the case with a no-hitter, a play can be pointed to as having “saved” the no-no. This time it was Gantt’s catch for the first out of the 9th inning.
If you want to read what Jensen, Sawyer, Gantt and manager Jared Sandberg had to say about the no-hitter, click here for Bowling Green Daily News sportswriter Micheal Compton’s quotes compilation.