Toledo's Comeback Falls Short in Extra Innings
The Hens played host to the Gwinnett Braves Monday night at Fifth Third Field, in the first game of a short two game series. The Toledo offense was coming off a game on Sunday in which they slugged six runs on thirteen hits off former Tiger Brad Penny. Taking the mound for the home team was Shane Greene making his second start since his short stint in the Detroit Tigers' bullpen. Greene was coming off his last Hens' start in which he went five innings surrendering just one run on three hits.
Gwinnett made themselves comfortable early off Greene as their offense made their presence known in the third. Mallex Smith brought around the first run of the game as he tripled to center, bringing around Luis Mateo and taking the 1-0 lead. After an RBI forceout by Christian Bethancourt the Hens found themselves behind the eight ball after the third. The Braves doubled their lead in the fourth and sent Greene to the showers early with their offensive attack. The right hander exited after just 3.2 innings, surrendering four runs on five hits with three strikeouts.
For Gwinnett lefty Greg Smith cruised through the first four inngs, silencing the Hens' bats. However, in the fifth the Toledo lineup broke through, putting up a crooked number off Smith. With Manny Pina and Bryan Holaday on, Alexi Casilla stepped to the dish and struck just his fourth home run of the year over the right field wall. The three run homer was Casilla's first in a Toledo uniform. Steven Moya followed the long ball with his 22nd double of the season scoring Dixon Macahdo and shortening the Braves' lead to just two headed into the sixth. Moya was back again in the seventh this time off of right hander David Peterson. With two out Moya crushed his sixteenth home run of the year onto the porch in right field closing the gap to 6-5 headed into the eighth.
With the momentum in their favor the Hens continued their comeback at the dish in the eighth tying the score as Bryan Holaday doubled around Josh Wilson. The double was Holaday's sixth of the year knotting the score at six a piece and after a scoreless ninth the game headed extra innings. In extras it was Gwinnett's Mallex Smith once again, tripling off Hens' reliever Guido Knudson and coming around to score on a fielder's choice. Smith finished 3-6 with an RBI on the night. Knudson was tagged with the loss in the decision.
The Mud Hens and Braves are back in action Tuesday evening at 7:00 PM in Toledo.
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