TOLEDO, Oh. – With a shot at guaranteeing at least a series split with a win on Saturday, the Toledo Mud Hens rose to the occasion.
The Hens scored four runs in the bottom of the first and never looked back, knocking off the Indianapolis Indians by a score of 6-3. Toledo first baseman Efren Navarro also hit a pair of two-run homers, pacing the home team.
Indy starting pitcher Josh Lindblom was the recipient of that first inning damage, with five Mud Hens reaching in the frame. The attack was led by Navarro, who hit the first of his two long balls. John Hicks also added a two-run single, giving Toledo a 4-0 advantage early.
Lindblom settled in after that, turning in a respectable line of four runs allowed on six hits and six strikeouts in five innings of work, but ultimately took the loss.
The Indians did trim Toledo’s lead down to 4-3 as the game went on, but could not get over the hump. Chris Bostick recorded a two-run double in the second and Max Moroff drilled his fourth home run of the season in the seventh, but it would not be enough.
Navarro struck again in the eighth, putting the game out of reach against Tribe reliever A.J. Schugel. It was a 2-0 pitch that Navarro crushed to left, shooting Toledo ahead 6-3.
The Indians did get a couple of runners on in the ninth, but Arcenio Leon got Moroff to ground out and secure the win for Toledo.
The series finale between these clubs is set for 2:05 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Steven Brault (0-1, 3.00 ERA) is Indianapolis’ probable starting pitcher.