Toledo’s final inning rally not enough in series finale

Toledo Mud Hens

GAME RECAP (WORCESTER, MA): The Mud Hens looked to end their current road series with a win over the Woo Sox, seeking for five straight. RHP Garrett Hill (1-2, 5.40 ERA) got the call to the mound to close the series, before the Mud Hens hit the road back home.

GAME RECAP (WORCESTER, MA): The Mud Hens looked to end their current road series with a win over the Woo Sox, seeking for five straight. RHP Garrett Hill (1-2, 5.40 ERA) got the call to the mound to close the series, before the Mud Hens hit the road back home. Looking to lead the Hens to victory, Hill was also looking forward to a rematch from the series opener, with the Red Sox prospect, Connor Seabold.

The game began as a pitching duel for the first three innings, as RHP Garrett Hill tallied six strikeouts. He would leave the game after three innings, due to a limited pitch count. After leaving in the fourth, the Woo Sox began hitting the ball better, as they would draw first-blood with a three-run shot to right field. However, the Mud Hens would get a run back in the top half of the sixth.

With one out in the sixth inning, LF Akil Baddoo hit a triple off the right field wall. 3B Jeimer Candelario would tally the first Toledo RBI, with a sacrifice fly to drive in Baddoo, cutting the Woo Sox lead with a score of 3-1. Before the end of the top half of the sixth, RF Trayce Thompson would extend his hitting streak to six games, with a groundball single to center. In the next half of the sixth, the Woo Sox would lead off with a double to right. With Worcester hoping to get an insurance run, RHP Angel De Jesus knew he had to get out of the inning, to keep the Hens alive in the game. De Jesus would come up big, causing a pop out to short for the first out. Then, the Woo Sox would fly out to left, giving De Jesus a little confidence with two outs. However, a pass ball would move the runner to third. It would not disrupt the confidence of De Jesus, as he would strike out the final batter to end the inning.

With one out in the next inning, the Mud Hens would obtain two singles, hit by 2B John Valente and SS Jack Lopez. The Mud Hens would fail to capitalize, leaving Valente and Lopez on base. This would be crucial for Toledo, as the Woo Sox found a way to score two runs in the eighth, as the Hens now trailed 5-1, heading into the final inning.

With one chance left for Toledo, and already an out in the final inning, the Mud Hens got a double to start a rally, hit by 1B Josh Lester. Lester now has 17 doubles on the year. 2B John Valente would tally his third hit of the ballgame, with an RBI single to drive in Lester. The score was now 5-2, in favor of Worcester. Valente has now driven in nine runs, this season. With the Hens down to their last out, SS Jack Lopez would walk, leading to a Worcester mound visit. CF Derek Hill would ground into a Fielder’s Choice, however every runner advanced safely, leaving the bases loaded. As the bases were full for Toledo, LF Akil Baddoo drove in two runs, with a single to right. Along with Valente, Baddoo now had three hits in today’s ballgame. Unfortunately for the Mud Hens, the rally came short, as the Woo Sox would get the final out, holding on for the win. The Mud Hens fell in the current series finale, with a score of 5-4, however won the series 4-2.

NOTABLE BATTERS:

LF Akil Baddoo: 3-5, R, 2 RBI, 3B

2B John Valente: 3-4, RBI

1B Josh Lester: 1-4, R, 2B, 2K

3B: Jeimer Candelario: 1-3, RBI, BB, K

SS Jack Lopez: 1-3, R, BB

NOTABLE PITCHER:

RHP Garrett Hill: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 6 K, 0 BB

NEXT UP: The Mud Hens will return to Fifth-Third Field on Tuesday, to take on the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. The series opener will begin at 7:05pm.

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