Lexington Legends

Bowling Green earns series split

Minor-league baseball is about developing players, the goal being to have them eventually contribute at the major-league level.

Part of the process is being able to learn from mistakes, then come out and do better.

That's what the Bowling Green Hot Rods did Sunday, edging the Lexington Legends 7-6 for a two-game series split at Applebee's Park.

Saturday night, the Hot Rods self-destructed by committing five errors in an 8-1 loss. (A post-game scoring change erased a sixth error.)

"So far, if there's one characteristic our team's had, it's been resiliency," said Matt Quatraro, manager of the Hot Rods. "We've come from behind in some games. We've fought back after a few-games losing streak and won a few in a row. So far, I've liked what I've seen that way."

Jason Tweedy had three of the Hot Rods' 11 hits. Anthony Scelfo and Mike Sheridan each had two hits, including a home run.

Ronnie Ramirez paced the Legends with a solo homer, two RBI and two runs scored.

After blowing a 3-0 lead, the Legends scored runs in the fifth and sixth to lead 5-3.

Scelfo led off the Bowling Green seventh with a homer.

The Hot Rods won it with three in the eighth. Jack Tilghman (1-1) took the Legends' first blown save in eight chances.

A single, double and hit batsman loaded the bases.

Justin Reynolds, after falling behind 0-2, worked the count to 2-2, then got nicked by a pitch to force in a run.

Daniel Meszaros replaced Tilghman. One out later, Scelfo singled up the middle to drive in a run. Another scored when center fielder Jay Austin bobbled the ball.

The Legends scored a run in the ninth, thanks to an error by third baseman Tweedy, but stranded two runners.

Both teams started highly rated prospects — sixth-best in their respective minor-league organizations, according to Baseball America. Each gave up three runs, Hot Rods lefty Matt Moore going four innings and Legends righty Jordan Lyles lasting five.

"For the most part, I pitched all right," Lyles said. "I got away from attacking the hitters later on, the third inning or so. Got behind a batter, left one up and he got a hold of it."

That being Sheridan, who smacked a two-run homer.

"The final score didn't come out our way," Lyles said, "but we'll bounce back."