Cody Hebner fits all the conceived notions of a laid-back West Coast person.
The TinCaps right-hander has blond locks flowing down the back of his neck, tattoos and a self-described mentality of take it as it goes.
After striking out two batters to get out of a jam in the fourth inning of Sunday night’s 6-3 win over Bowling Green, Hebner shouted out and pumped his fists several times coming off the mound.
It was a key point, Hebner said of his rare emotional response. They had two guys on. Your adrenaline gets going. I got them out and was pretty psyched about it.
The TinCaps (57-74, 27-35 second half) were pretty psyched about Hebner’s effort.
He struck out 11 in five innings, holding the Hot Rods to two runs on four hits.
After getting swept at Lake County, the TinCaps came home to Parkview Field needing to get hot in a hurry.
The game was the first of six meetings with Bowling Green (59-71, 27-34) in the final nine days of the regular season. The TinCaps tied the season series at five apiece.
We’re competing every day trying to get a W’ for the team, said Dustin Peterson, who went 2 for 4 with an RBI double less than 24 hours after a committing a game-losing error in the ninth.
Peterson’s woes hit their lowest point Saturday, and even with Sunday’s success, he’s hit just .207 in 56 games since the All-Star break.
He said he didn’t try to do anything extra to atone.
You’ve got to worry about what you do in the present, not the past, Peterson said.
He beat out an infield hit and scored in a three-run second, then made it 4-0 with his double in the third.
It was a fastball down, and it felt good, Peterson said.
There were strong efforts up and down the order. Trea Turner was 2 for 5 with an RBI single, Nick Schulz was 2 for 3 with an RBI single, and Ryan Miller and Jake Bauers each added an RBI single.
Hot Rods lefty Chris Kirsch (9-7) was touched up for five runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. His throwing error let in one of the runs.
Hebner (2-4) retired nine of 11 batters between the first and fourth.
He made consistently quality pitches, TinCaps manager Michael Collins said. That puts the pressure on the other team to make a decision about their approach.
The Hot Rods couldn’t find the right one, scoring twice in the fifth and once in the sixth but finishing with nearly as many errors (three) as hits (five) on the night.
Justin Livengood, Nick Mutz and Eric Yardley teamed up for four innings of one-hit relief. With Ryan Butler unavailable, Yardley earned his second save.
The TinCaps are two-games behind Dayton for the Eastern Division wild card, with the Hot Rods and Great Lakes sandwiched in between.
Coming off a sweep, it added a little bit more, Hebner said.
On a six-game homestand, every guy in here is hungry. We want to play in the postseason.