Hens lose in 13 innings 2-1Written by Vincent D. Scebbi | | firstname.lastname@example.org
It took 13 innings and 4:05, but the Toledo Mud Hens (8-22) fell short in their May 4 matchup against the Charlotte Knights (9-21), losing the game 2-1.
Neither team scored until the ninth inning, when Knights left fielder Brandon Short hit a triple to right-center field, scoring Jim Gallagher, who led off the inning with a walk.
Toledo responded in the bottom half of the inning when first baseman Jordan Lennerton hit a 3-2 pitch into left field with two outs, scoring Gustavo Nunez.
Nunez, whose only hit came in the ninth, connected on a bunt single with one out. He reached second when on an error by Charlotte third baseman Brent Morel allowed Ramon Cabrera to reach first.
After Nick Castellanos’ sac-fly moved Nunez to third, Lennerton survived his seven-pitch at-bat and took his pitch the opposite field.
At that point, Lennerton was 1-for-3 with an infield single to second and groundouts to second and first respectively.
In the four extra innings, both teams totaled three hits, but Short’s double on a 3-1 pitch in the 13th made the difference.
Short finished the game 3-for-5 with his third hit coming in the third inning when he hit a single to center field.
Mud Hens starting pitcher Jose Alvarez went seven innings in the no-decision, allowing no runs on six hits and struck out six batters on 106 pitches.
Both teams struggled offensively as Toledo pitchers struck out 14 batters combined and Knights throwers fanned 12.
Mud Hens designated hitter Bryan Holaday led all hitters, striking out four times.
With the loss, Toledo has dropped seven of their last eight games and is 0-4 when games extend past nine innings.
The two teams will face off again May 5 in the series finale with the first pitch slated for 2 p.m.
The probable starting pitchers are Shawn Hill (0-2, 3.99 ERA) for the Mud Hens and Jason Berken (1-2, 3.77) for Charlotte.
The game will be the second Star Wars games and the team will again wear their Chewbacca jerseys.