• Toledo takes Tribe 11-5

    August 08, 2011 No comments

    The bottom third of the Toledo batting order, right fielder Clete Thomas, short stop Argenis Diaz and catcher Max St Pierre, combined to drive in nine of the Mud Hens’ 11 runs, while five Hens hitters recorded a multi-hit game in their 11-5 defeat of the Indianapolis Indians yesterday afternoon at Victory Field.

    Toledo wasted no time getting on the scoreboard, plating a score in the first inning. Former Indians player Jeff Salazar began the rally with a walk and eventually scored on LF Timo Perez’s single to right to give the Mud Hens the 1-0 lead.

    Toledo tacked on three more runs in the second to make it 4-0. 3B Brandon Inge led off the inning with a base hit and advanced to second on Ben Guez’s bunt single, before RF Clete Thomas brought both Inge and Guez home with a two-run double left. Thomas would come across later in the frame when he scored on a sacrifice fly by C Max St. Pierre to increase the margin to four.

    Indianapolis would get two of the runs back in their half of the second. DH Jeff Clement started the inning with a walk, before consecutive singles from 3B Josh Harrison and C Eric Fryer loaded the bases for CF Gorkys Hernandez. Hernandez delivered with a two-run single up the middle to send in Clement and Harrison and narrow the deficit to two.

    The Mud Hens however, struck back with two more runs in the fourth inning to once again make it a four-run game. Thomas led off with a single before scoring when St Pierre lifted his third home run of the season to left to push Toledo ahead 6-2.

    Indianapolis and Toledo then each traded a run, with Clement collecting his second base hit of the contest in the fifth before scoring on an RBI double from Harrison. The Mud Hens got their score in the sixth when 2B Danny Worth singled later scored on a sacrifice fly from Salazar to make it 7-3

    The Tribe however, decreased the difference to two in their half of the sixth inning. 2B Jordy Mercer and All-Star 1B Matt Hague each singled and advanced to second and third on a groundout, before coming plateward when Harrison reached on a Mud Hens’ miscue.

    Toledo would then break the game wide open in the seventh with a four-run frame. Thomas drew a bases loaded walk to drive in the first run. Diaz followed by plating two more with a bloop single to right, before St. Pierre capped the scoring at 11-5 by driving in his fourth run with a sacrifice fly.

    Indians starter Garrett Olson suffered his first loss of the season in 14 starts after surrendering six earned runs on ten hits in his 4.1 innings, while reliever Justin Thomas fired two hitless frames of relief for the Tribe.

    Mud Hens LHP Andy Oliver earned his third win in as many starts against Indianapolis this year after allowing three earned runs on 11 hits in 5.2 frames, while RHP Ryan Perry notched his seventh save of the season after giving up just two hits in the final 3.1 innings.

    The Indians and Mud Hens will meet again in Toledo for a two-game set at Fifth Third Field beginning tonight at 7:00 p.m. Toledo is expected to send RHP Thad Weber to the mound, while RHP Sean Gallagher is scheduled to oppose Weber for Indianapolis.


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