TOLEDO, Oh. – In Saturday night’s series opener at Fifth Third Field, the Toledo Mud Hens fought back from two deficits to take down the visiting Indianapolis Indians.
Manny Pina‘s walk-off double completed Toledo’s comeback and lifted the Hens to a 4-3 win over the Tribe.
The Indians had control of the game early, as they scored a pair of runs against Toledo starting pitcher Thad Weber in the first. Alen Hanson and Keon Broxton each singled and stole a base in the inning, setting the stage for rehabber Corey Hart to make it 2-0 with a two-run double to left.
Indianapolis starter Wilfredo Boscan made those two runs stand up through five innings of work, but the Mud Hens got to the righty in the sixth to tie the game.
With Pina standing on third with two outs, Bryan Holaday plated Toledo’s first run of the night with a RBI single. With Boscan’s pitch count at 79, the Indians called on Bobby LaFromboise out of the bullpen after the run-scoring single. Corey Jones came to the plate next and welcomed LaFromboise with a RBI single of his own, making it a 2-2 game after six innings of play.
Boscan ended with a final line of two runs allowed on seven hits and a walk. The starter was unable to pick up his tenth win of the season on Saturday, but he did extend his streak of holding opponents to two earned runs or less to 12 straight starts.
Weber settled in nicely for Toledo following his rough first inning, keeping the Indians off of the scoreboard until the seventh. Willy Garcia was the man to put the Tribe ahead again, sending a triple to center and scoring to make it 3-2 when a throwing error from second baseman Alexi Casilla allowed him to race home.
Toledo’s starter ultimately pitched eight innings, surrendering three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks.
Rob Scahill threw a scoreless seventh for the Tribe, but could not hold on to the team’s lead in the eighth. Dean Green led off the frame with a double and Holaday followed with a single before Jones brought home the game’s tying run with a fielder’s choice to second.
The Hens completed their comeback against Indians reliever Frank Herrmann in the ninth and they did it quickly. Steven Moya started the inning with a double and Pina followed by ending the game, as he shot a walk-off double to left to give Toledo a 4-3 victory.
With the loss and a Columbus Clippers win over the Louisville Bats, the Indians’ lead in the International League West shrinks back to one game. The Tribe’s magic number to clinch the division remains at nine.
Indianapolis and Toledo will wrap up their quick two-game series when they meet again on Sunday evening. First pitch from Fifth Third Field is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. with Brad Lincoln (6-2, 3.95 ERA) set to make another start for the Tribe.
With Hanson activated from the temporary inactive list, catcher Wilkin Castillo was assigned to the Gulf Coast League Pirates. Indianapolis’ second baseman went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in his return to the Tribe’s lineup.