TOLEDO, OH – The Toledo Mud Hens (57-52) are within 2.5 games of the Indianapolis Indians (60-50) after a dominant victory on Thursday evening.
Toledo used a four-run second and five-run seventh to build a 9-0 edge, cruising their way to an eventual 9-1 triumph over the Tribe at Fifth Third Field.
Mitch Keller toed the rubber for Indy on Thursday, working six solid innings. Except for inning number two.
Five Hens reached base in the bottom of the second, three via hits and two on walks, resulting in four runs for the home team. Pete Kozma, a former St. Louis Cardinal standout, hit a two-run double to cap the frame.
Outside of that outburst from Toledo, Keller was pretty good for Indianapolis. The right-hander finished up with a final line of four runs allowed on a total of six hits, three walks and six strikeouts.
The Mud Hens weren’t done, though, exploding for five more runs in the seventh inning.
These runs came off of Tribe reliever Michael Feliz. After an inning-starting groundout, Toledo went four straight batters without recording an out to grab a 6-0 advantage. Grayson Greiner made it five in a row, blasting a three-run homer to shoot the Hens ahead by a count of 9-0.
On the flip side, Toledo powered by righty Jacob Turner. The 27-year-old blanked Indy over seven fantastic innings, limiting his opposition to just five hits and one walk.
Indianapolis’ lone run of offense came in the top of the eighth. Doubles from Pablo Reyes and Jason Martin did the trick, saving the Indians from a shutout.
The second game of this four-game set comes from Toledo at 7:05 p.m. on Friday. Brandon Waddell (4-6, 4.35 ERA) will aim to get the Tribe back on track.