Newest Bowling Green Hot Rod Granden Goetzman didn’t take long to make an impact.
Goetzman was added to the roster from extended spring training prior to Saturday’s rainout against Burlington (Iowa). Thrust into the starting lineup Sunday, he had the go-ahead hit and drove in three runs to lead Bowling Green past Peoria (Ill.) 9-4 at Bowling Green Ballpark.
The 2011 second-round pick from Palmetto High School in Florida, who played for Princeton (W.Va.) last season, was one of three different Hot Rods with multiple RBIs Sunday.
“It’s somebody different every night,” BG manager Jared Sandberg said. “Collectively we are having good at-bats. That’s what it is about. It’s about team baseball.”
After striking out in his first at-bat, Goetzman came to the plate in the bottom of the third and lined a 2-2 pitch into the gap in left-center for a three-run triple that made it 5-3. Bowling Green never trailed after that.
“That first at-bat he struck me out. Going into my second at-bat, I was just trying to hit that fastball … and I was able to get a base hit,” Goetzman said.
“I know I’m coming in to a great team already. We’re doing really well. I just want to come in and contribute any way I could. I was glad I got that hit today. I’m just looking forward to us keeping it rolling.”
Bowling Green also got five solid innings from starting pitcher Eduar Quinonez to improve to 16-6 on the season.
Quinonez (2-1) allowed three runs and three hits in five innings, retiring seven out of the last eight hitters he faced.
“Quinonez battled,” Sandberg said. “The ball was up most of the five innings. He was able to make an adjustment there in the fourth and fifth. He could have let it unravel there. His curveball wasn’t there for him, his fastball command. He made pitches when he had to.”
The Hot Rods scored a pair of runs in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Justin O’Conner and an RBI single from Patrick Leonard.
Peoria answered with two in the second. Patrick Wisdom and Breyvic Valera led off the inning with back-to-back singles and eventually scored on Geoff Klein’s groundout and a wild pitch.
The Chiefs took the lead in the third after No. 9 hitter Gerwuins Velazco drew a leadoff walk and scored on Jacob Wilson’s two-out double to right.
But BG regained the lead in the bottom of the inning on Goetzman’s hit.
The Hot Rods added four more runs in the sixth to cap the scoring. Tommy Coyle knocked home the first two with a double to right field. Two batters later Marty Gantt connected on a two-run homer, his fourth of the season, that landed in the picnic area in left field.
Peoria added one run in the ninth, but was unable to get any closer.
Jose Molina tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings, with Ryan Garton allowing one run over 1 2/3 innings.
Leonard and Maile had two hits each. Coyle and Gantt had two RBIs.
•The Hot Rods improved to 8-0 this season in series openers.
•Coyle is 6-for-10 with three walks since moving to the leadoff spot the last three games.
•Leonard’s two hits snapped a 16 at-bat hitless streak on the current homestand.