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Toledo on Short End of Pitchers' Duel

July 19, 2019 - International League (IL) - Toledo Mud Hens News Release

Toledo, Ohio - On Friday at Fifth Third Field, the Toledo Mud Hens fell short against the Syracuse Mets, 2-1, in a game that saw a combined 22 strikeouts between the two clubs.

In the top of the first, Jake Rogers made his presence felt behind the plate. After Arismendy Alcantara reached on a single, Rogers threw him out attempting to steal second. Starting pitcher Matt Hall followed up by striking out the next two batters to send the Mud Hens to the dish.

Willi Castro began the Hens half by sending a line drive to shallow left-center, but like Syracuse's first base runner, Castro would be caught stealing trying for second. Jacob Robson would then get to first on a walk with two outs in the inning, but Robson would also be caught stealing.

In the top of the third, Daz Cameron would reach on a walk with one out before advancing to second on a wild pitch by Mets' starter Ervin Santana. However, the inning would end before Cameron could move further.

The Mud Hens made a change on the mound at the top of the fifth. Ethan DeCaster was called on to replace Hall, who went four innings, striking out six while allowing one hit.

Rogers again flexed his arm from behind the plate in top of the fifth, tossing out Travis Taijeron at first base after he had gone too far off the bag. This came after Dilson Herrera singled and Taijeron was walked. Herrera would move up to third on a groundball before scoring on a broken bat single by Rymer Liriano. Tim Tebow would also log a single and a stolen base before the inning would end with a 1-0 Syracuse lead.

In the bottom half of the fifth, Victor Reyes led off with a single to put another runner on for Toledo, but three strikeouts would end the inning before the Hens could score.

At the start of the sixth, Eduardo Jimenez entered to pitch for Toledo replacing DeCaster. Over his one inning, DeCaster allowed three hits and one walk resulting in one run.

As for the bottom half of the sixth, Castro reached on a hit by pitch with one out. After a pop out, Castro would move up to second on a wild pitch, but that would be as far as he would get with the inning ending with a 1-0 Mets lead.

In the top of the seventh, Herrera knocked a double to the left-center wall, his second hit of the night, to begin the inning. Herrera would come around to score on a triple by Taijeron to increase the lead to 2-0 Syracuse.

Ronny Rodriguez began the bottom of the seventh with a shot to center field for his fifth home run with Toledo this year. Reyes would then double to the right field corner before the Mets made a change on the mound.

Ryan O'Rourke would come on to replace Santana, who went six innings, allowing one run on five hits, three walks, one hit batter and two wild pitches while striking out nine.

John Schreiber would enter to pitch for Toledo in the top of the eighth inning. Jimenez went two innings, striking out three while allowing one run on two hits. Schreiber would end up going two innings, striking out two while not allowing a base runner.

Castro would reach base for the third time on the night, this time via single with one out, in the bottom of the eighth. After an out was recorded, Robson joined him on the base paths drawing a walk.

The walk would end O'Rourke's night with Tim Peterson entering the game. O'Rourke totaled 1.2 innings striking out two while walking one and giving up one hit. Peterson would walk the first batter he faced, but see a groundout to end the eighth.

In the bottom of the ninth, Mikie Mahtook led off with a single up the middle. Mahtook would move up to second on a hit and run groundout by Pete Kozma, but the effort would be cut short with Syracuse securing a 2-1 win.

What's Next:

The Mud Hens and Mets will return to Fifth Third Field on Saturday to play game two of three with a scheduled start time of 7:05 p.m. Beau Burrows will take the mound for Toledo holding a 1-3 record and 3.67 ERA. As for Syracuse, Corey Oswalt is scheduled to pitch with a 5-2 record and 4.15 ERA. Additionally, the game will feature Great Clips Charity Cuts on the concourse and the annual Mystery Ball Sale with fireworks following the game.

#RoadToDetroit Report (rankings according to 2019 Prospect Watch):

5. OF Daz Cameron: 0 for 3

6. RHP Beau Burrows: DNP

7. IF Willi Castro: 2 for 3

12. C Jake Rogers: 0 for 4

16. OF Jacob Robson: 0 for 2

18. RHP Bryan Garcia: DNP

19. OF Danny Woodrow: DNP

22. RHP John Schreiber: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

25. LHP Gregory Soto: DNP

27. LHP Matt Hall: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K

28. IF/OF Dustin Peterson: DNP

Hens' Notes:

- Following the conclusion of Thursday's game, JaCoby Jones was recalled to Detroit, ending his rehab assignment with Toledo. In corresponding moves, Victor Reyes rejoins the Mud Hens with Austin Adams being placed on the temporary inactive list.

- After not allowing a run over four innings in the start, Matt Hall now has two starts this season without allowing a run with the last coming on July 3. In 22 appearances this year, Hall has made 11 starts.

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