Mud Hens fall in 16 inning contest against RochesterWritten by Vincent D. Scebbi | | firstname.lastname@example.org
In 16 innings, the Toledo Mud Hens came back three times against the Rochester Red Wings. It still was not enough as the Mud Hens fell 8-7 in the longest game of the season on May 7.
The game, which lasted 5:17, was the longest timed game and 16 innings is the most innings played this season, topping the May 4 matchup against the Charlotte Knights, which lasted 14 frames.
A combined 16 pitchers took the rubber, with Caleb Thielbar eventually earning the win and Jess Todd, who pitched 4.2 innings – the most of any Toledo pitcher – picked up his second loss of the season, allowing three runs in the 16th inning.
A one out double by third baseman Ray Olmedo into right field started the final inning of play.
Olmedo scored when the next batter, shortstop Doug Bernier, hit a single up the middle.
Chris Colabello connected on a two-run homerun over the right field wall to make the score 8-5.
The Mud Hens had a runner 90 feet away from extending the game with two outs.
After Brandon Douglas and Argenis Diaz each grounded out, Quintin Berry drew a walk and scored after Nick Castellanos hit a single into center field.
Two batters later, Avisail Garcia took a 3-2 pitch into center field, scoring Castellanos and advancing pinch runner Ben Guez to third.
Brad Davis, who came in during the 11th inning, struck out on a 2-2 count, ending the Mud Hens’ rally and the contest.
Rochester struck first in the opening frame when crossed home on Bernier’s bunt single.
Bernier laid the ball down the first base line and Casey Crosby could not make an accurate throw, scoring Olmedo who led off the game with a double into left field.
Back-to-back singles by Ramon Carbera and Danny Dorn set up a two-run second for the Mud Hens.
Diaz connected on a 3-2 pitch and drove it into left field, scoring Cabrera and Dorn.
The lead did not last long, however, as the Red Wings tied the game in the top of the third after a double by Clete Thomas scored Bernier, who started the inning with a single into right field.
Rochester took the lead in the next inning when a sacrifice bunt by Bernier scored Farris.
Bernier laid a bunt toward first base and Jordan Lennerton could not pick up the ball cleanly, allowing second baseman Eric Farris to score from third and Bernier to reach first safely.
Bernier finished the game going 3-for-6 with three RBIs.
Lennerton redeemed himself with a home run into left field to lead off the bottom of the ninth.
The Red Wings scored two in the 11th when a double by Olmedo off the right field wall scored Joe Benson and Eric Fryer.
Toledo extended the night after a throwing error by Colabello allowed Garcia to score and advance Brad Davis to third.
Davis reached home after Danny Dorn hit a sacrifice fly into left field.
Both teams will have the third installment of their four-game series May 8 with the first pitch slated for 6:30 p.m.
The probable pitchers are southpaw Ramon Garcia (0-2, 5.02 ERA) for Toledo and the Red Wings are scheduled to send righty Kyle Gibson (3-2, 3.82) to the mound.