Mud Hens Win Battle of the Bump
Toledo, OH - On Saturday, the Toledo Mud Hens came away with a 2-0 win over the Rochester Red Wings in front of a sold out Fifth Third Field crowd.
Toledo was led by Tyler Alexander on the mound, who tallied a new club high for the season with 12 strikeouts over the course of seven scoreless innings of work.
The first base hit of the game came in the top of the second inning off the bat of Wynston Sawyer. A low pop up landed just in front of the running shortstop Willi Castro for a single. However, starter, Alexander would tally his third strikeout of the day and register a ground out to close the half of the inning with the score still at 0-0.
In the Hens half of the second, Victor Reyes singled up the middle with one out for Toledo's first hit of the game. The hit extended Reyes' current hitting streak to ten games. Reyes would move up to second on a sacrifice bunt by Mikie Mahtook. Next, Daz Cameron would drill a double to center, bouncing over the wall for a ground rule double, scoring Reyes and giving Toledo a 1-0 lead early in the game.
Toledo carried their momentum at the plate into the bottom of the third inning with Pete Kozma leading off with a single to left field. Kozma would move up to second with Jordy Mercer drawing a walk. Daniel Pinero would then load the bases with a single to first. A pass ball would then allow Kozma to score, increasing the Toledo lead to 2-0 after three.
The Red Wings began to show some fight in the top of the fourth. With one out, Wilin Rosario walked followed by a double down the left field line by Zander Wiel to put runners on second and third for Rochester. However, Alexander would strike out the next two batters to end the half of the inning, bringing his strikeout total to six through four innings. As for the Red Wings' starter, Devin Smeltzer, he would also strikeout the side, giving him seven through four.
Alexander would continue his success into the fifth inning, sending down Rochester in order with three more strikeouts, tallying nine through just five innings to tie both his season high, and the club high, for the 2019 campaign. Alexander would break the club record for the season in the top of the sixth with two more strikeouts.
The Red Wings would make a pitching change with two outs logged in the bottom of the fifth inning. Cody Stashak would replace Smeltzer, who tossed 4.2 innings, striking out eight batters while allowing two runs on four hits and one walk, including one wild pitch. Stashak would strikeout two over 1.1 hitless innings before being replaced by Gabriel Moya on the mound.
In the bottom of the seventh the Hens put the first runner on base for either team since the fourth inning with Cameron drawing a walk. Kozma would then single for the second time on the night, moving Cameron up to second with two outs in the inning.
In the eighth inning Toledo made a change on the mound with Caleb Thielbar replacing Alexander, who went seven innings for the Mud Hens, striking out 12 while walking two and giving up two hits, but keeping Rochester scoreless.
In the top of the eighth the Hens loaded the bases with Castro walking, Reyes singling and Mahtook walking. With three runners on, the Red Wings called on Ian Krol to replace Moya on the mound. Krol would log a strikeout in his one batter, bringing Moya's line to 1.2 innings with two hits, one walk and two strikeouts.
For the Hens, Thielbar would toss 1.1 innings of relief, walking one, before John Schreiber entered with one out in the top of the ninth. Schreiber would allow a single before getting a double play to secure the save and win for Toledo.
The Mud Hens and Red Wings will conclude the series on Sunday with a scheduled start time of 4:05 p.m. at Fifth Third Field. Rochester is set to send the left-handed Lewis Thorpe to the mound, while Toledo has yet to determine a starting pitcher for the contest. The game will also feature promotions and game highlights, including a Muddy Youth Growth Chart giveaway, Muddy and Spike's Inflatable Theme Park, Kids Run The Bases and the 5th annual Battle of the Badges charity softball game after the Mud Hens game concludes.
#RoadToDetroit Report (according to MLB.com 2019 Prospect Watch):
5. OF Daz Cameron: 1 for 3, 2B, RBI
7. IF Willi Castro: 0 for 3
10. RHP Kyle Funkhouser: DNP
12. C Jake Rogers: 0 for 3
16. OF Jacob Robson: DNP
18. RHP Bryan Garcia: DNP
19. OF Danny Woodrow: DNP
22. RHP John Schreiber: SV, 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
25. LHP Gregory Soto: DNP
26. RHP Sandy Baez: DNP (IL)
27. LHP Matt Hall: DNP
28. IF/OF Dustin Peterson: 0 for 4
- Prior to the start of Saturday's game, Jordy Mercer joined the Mud Hens roster on a rehab assignment. Additionally, Jose Cisnero was called up to Detroit.
- With 12 strikeouts in the game, Tyler Alexander is the first Mud Hen to toss ten or more strikeouts sicne Spencer Turnbull did on August 27, 2018 against Columbus.
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