Hens Win in Front of Sold out Crowd
TOLEDO, Ohio - The first place Toledo Mud Hens came out hot as it scored seven runs in the first inning to defeat the Louisville Bats 8-4 in front of a sold-out crowd on Friday night at Fifth Third Field.
All-star Ronny Rodriguez went 4-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI to lead the Mud Hens (46-33) over the Bats (30-46). Mikie Mahtook also shined at the plate going 2-for-3 with a walk. Dawel Lugo also raked as he went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Rodriguez led off with a bunt single for the Mud Hens. With one out, Dawel Lugo put a ball past the second baseman as Rodriguez was on the move. Jim Adduci then smacked a double off the left field wall to score Rodriguez and give Toledo a one run advantage. Chad Huffman then drew a walk to load the basses with one out. Mike Gerber then hit a shallow single to left field that scored Lugo. Edwin Espinal then drew a walk to score Adduci. A hit-by-pitch sent Kade Scivicque to first and brought Huffman in to score. Pete Kozma then grounded into a fielder's choice and Gerber scored on the play. Rodriguez came to the plate for the second time in the inning and doubled to deep right field to score Espinal and Kozma. While trying to stretch the double, Rodriguez was tagged out and the Hens seven run first came to and end.
Phillippe Aumont got the start for the Hens and began the game strong. Aumont faced one over the minimum through two innings and struck out two Louisville batters.
In the top of the fourth inning, the Bats loaded the bases with one out via a walk and two bloop singles. Aumont lost a 13-pitch battle to Phillip Ervin who drew a walk to score the Bats first run. Kevin Comer came in to replace Aumont with one out and the bases loaded. Aumont allowed one earned run on four hits in three and one third innings of work. He also recorded five strikeouts and walked two. Comer was able to get out of the fourth without a further blemish as he struck out Josh VanMeter and recorded a flyout as Adduci made a spectacular catch in right field.
Toledo still led 7-1 through four and a half innings. Toledo could not answer back in the bottom half despite hits by Rodriguez and Mahtook.
Daniel Stumpf came on in the sixth inning to replace Comer. Comer delivered one and two thirds scoreless innings on no hits while punching out two and walking one. Stumpf exited after one inning allowing two hits and one earned run. Hunter Cervenka came on to toss the seventh. Cervenka suffered no runs on one hit and punched out two batters.
Rodriguez recorded his fourth hit of the evening to lead off the seventh inning. He moved to second as Mahtook drew a walk. Lugo then hit a ball hard up the middle to score Rodriguez and give Toledo an 8-2 lead.
Zac Houston entered to pitch the eighth inning for the Hens. Houston did not allow a hit or a run while walking one batter and striking out two. Kevin Chapman took to the hill in the ninth inning. While getting off to a good start recording two outs on five pitches, Chapman then gave up a walk and a two-run home run. He then would get Hernan Iribarren to fly out and Toledo claimed a 8-4 victory.
The Mud Hens return to Fifth Third Field on Saturday for the third game of the four-game series against the Louisville Bats. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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#RoadToDetroit Report (rankings according to MLB.com 2018 Prospect Watch):
5. OF Christin Stewart: DNP (DL)
11. OF Mike Gerber: 1-for-4, run scored, RBI
12. OF Dawel Lugo: 2-for-4, run scored, RBI
15. RHP Grayson Long: DNP (DL)
16. RHP Bryan Garcia: DNP (DL)
18. LHP Tyler Alexander: DNP
26 OF Jacob Robson: DNP
- Tonight marked the second time this season that Toledo has scored 7 runs in an inning. The first came on June 2 at Leigh Valley.
- Seven of the nine Hens players in the batting order recorded an RBI.
- Toledo is now 35-10 when it scores the game's first run.
- Tonight's crowd of 9,045 marked the 11th sell-out of the season and the 474th all-time at Fifth Third Field.
- The Hens have four players that will play in the International League All-Star game including Jim Adduci, Chad Huffman, Ronny Rodriguez and Christin Stewart.
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