Mud Hens score 12 to rout RochesterWritten by Vincent D. Scebbi | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Toledo Mud Hens (10-25) came into May 9’s game against the Rochester Red Wings (14-20) last in the International League with 99 runs scored.
Their offense did not play that way tonight as the Hens put up 12 runs on 16 hits, routing the Red Wings 12-2.
“It’s more of how what everybody’s been telling us, this is going to turn at some point. That might have been it,” said Toledo manager Phil Nevin. “We got to keep doing this. You’re not going to score 12 runs every night; but you take the quality at-bats every night, you’re going to give yourself a better chance to win.”
Both the total runs and hits are the most Toledo’s recorded in a single game.
Trailing 1-0 in the third inning, the Mud Hens tied the game after a groundout by Ramon Cabrera scored Brandon Douglas, who led off the inning with a triple down the first base line.
After that, the Mud Hens scored 11 unanswered runs on 12 hits over a span of three innings, six of them coming in the sixth inning.
Third baseman Kevin Russo’s double in the fourth went off third base and into the left field corner scored Nick Castellanos from second and gave Toledo the lead, from which they did not look back.
Russo touched home after a successful squeeze play by Douglas with two outs.
Douglas laid down a bunt toward third and beat out the throw to first base.
He finished the game batting 3-for-3, scoring twice.
Designated hitter Danny Dorn hit a three-run homer over the right field wall to score Lennerton and Castellanos.
Castellanos, the Detroit Tigers’ No. 1 prospect according to MLB.com, finished the game 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs batted in.
The six-run rally saw Toledo bat around the order and not recording their first out until after all the damage was done.
Facing relief pitcher Daniel Turpen, Douglas and Argenis Diaz reached base on singles and a throwing error by first baseman Chris Colabello allowed Ramon Cabrera to reach base safely.
After that, Turpen’s night was over, pitching no innings but allowing three hits and four runs on just nine pitches.
The next batter, Avisail Garcia, hit a single, scoring Douglas.
Toledo first baseman Jordan Lennerton drew a bases-loaded walk, scoring Diaz.
Castellanos took a 1-0 pitch up the middle, scoring Garcia and Cabrera.
Lennerton scored after a hit by Kevin Russo got into left field.
Castellanos scored the final run on a sacrifice fly by Quintin Berry.
“A game where you feel like it’s in your grasp and the thing I liked was we were able to jump on them and we kept them down,” Nevin said. “There’s been a lot of hard work this week.”
Toledo’s high-powered offense overshadowed a stellar performance by starter Jose Alvarez, who struck out 11 Red Wings in seven innings of work.
The native of Barcelona, Venezuela demonstrated control from the rubber and of the 86 pitches thrown, 68 were strikes.
Alvarez said he used his off speed pitches, mainly his changeup, to get swings-and-misses.
“I just tried to keep the game as close as I can,” he said. “They were swinging at almost everything, I was trying to make good pitches and got a couple of strikeouts.”
Alvarez had a rocky start, allowing one run in the first when Chris Colabello’s shot into right-center field scored Chris Herrmann from first.
The Mud Hens will travel to Indianapolis to face the Indians May 10 for a four-game weekend series.
Toledo is scheduled to have Shawn Hill (0-3, 3.99 ERA) face Brooks Brown (1-0, 1.57) with the first pitch slated for 7:15 p.m. at Victory Field.