July 20, 2017 - International League (IL) - Toledo Mud Hens
A struggling Toledo team dropped their sixth straight as they fall two games behind in their three-game set with Pawtucket, 6-0. Starter Daniel Norris, on rehab assignment from Detroit, struggled, giving up five runs - four earned - over just three innings. The shutout marks the third time in four games Toledo's offense has not produced a run.
The PawSox got right to work Tuesday evening, putting up a three-spot in their first at-bat. Norris began his first outing with the Hens since last season by walking Aneury Tavarez to begin the first inning. Though Heiker Meneses singled, Norris struck out the following two batters and appeared poised to escape with any damage. That hope was shot down when Matt Dominguez doubled down the left-field line to score both Tavarez and Meneses. During the play, a throwing error by Hens shortsop Brendan Ryan allowed Dominguez to come all the way around and score.
Toledo remained quiet, tallying just one hit each in the second and third, and Pawtucket piled more on in the third. Again, the runs came with two down. A walk of Ryan Court was paid for three pitches later when Bryce Brentz blasted a 1-1 pitch over the wall in right to increase the home team's lead to 5-0.
A leadoff triple and double in the eighth made it 6-0. With Edward Mujica in the game, Meneses ripped a three-bagger that set the PawSox up to add even more insurance. One out later, Brentz doubled in Meneses to pick up his third run batted in of the game.
The Hens and Red Sox will give it a go early on Wednesday, with first pitch slated for 11:05 a.m. Toledo will look to avoid being swept for the second consecutive series.