Goeddel plates six in Hot Rods' rout

Rays first-round pick hits first, second homers of pro career

Tyler Goeddel committed to UCLA before signing with the Rays. (Jesse Piecuch/MiLB.com)

By Ashley Marshall and John Parker / Special to MLB.com | April 15, 2012 4:01 PM ET

As temperatures hovered around the 70s on the shores of Lake Erie on Sunday, the weather wasn't the only thing to start heating up.

Tyler Goeddel homered twice and drove in six runs, Todd Glaesmann fell a triple shy of the cycle and the Bowling Green Hot Rods used an 11-run ninth inning to rewrite the record book in a 22-12 rout of the Lake County Captains.

Goeddel, the 41st overall pick in last year's Draft, went 4-for-6 with four runs scored to raise his average to .406. The homers were the first of his professional career, while the six RBIs quadrupled his previous total.

"Today was the first warm weather game we had, but other than that, I don't know. I've never seen anything like it," Goeddel said.

"We're glad to head home, but mainly we're happy to be winning. We're playing really well right now and it's a lot of fun."

Bowling Green took an 11-10 lead into the ninth before sending 16 men to the plate and putting the game out of reach. The big inning helped the Hot Rods set franchise records for runs, hits (23) and homers (six).

Goeddel homered to right field leading off the third, then singled to left, stole second and scored on Glaesmann's homer in the seventh.

The 19-year-old third baseman connected for a grand slam off reliever Kyle Blair with one out in the eighth before ripping an RBI single in the ninth.

"I was able to get ahead in the count and sit on the fastball -- hit it to right and good things happened," the California native said of his slam.

Goeddel, the seventh man to bat twice in the ninth, stepped into the box with runners on first and second but grounded out to end the inning.

Goeddel, whose brother, Erik, was selected by the Mets in the 24th round of the 2010 Draft, was not the only Hot Rod to have a big game.

Glaesmann went 4-for-6 with a homer, two doubles, five RBIs and three runs scored, while Rays No. 8 prospect Drew Vettleson -- who entered as a pinch-runner in the eighth -- smacked a three-run homer and a two-run double in the ninth.

Asked if anyone offered advice to Glaesmann before his final at-bat, Goeddel said: "Not really. There were so many hits it was kind of hard to keep track. A lot of guys had great games."

The outburst made a winner of Jacob Partridge (1-0), who pitched around a walk in retiring two batters. Hot Rods starter Roberto Gomez allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out two over four innings.

Captains right-hander Kyle Blair (0-2) surrendered 13 runs on 10 hits over 3 1/3 frames. Jordan Smith was 3-for-5, scored three runs, drove in two and missed the cycle by a triple.

Ashley Marshall and John Parker are contributors to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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