Mud Hens sweep doubleheader against Clippers

Toledo Mud Hens

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Toledo Mud Hens extended their win streak to five games by sweeping a doubleheader against the Columbus Clippers on Saturday night (April 22) at Huntington Park. The Mud Hens won the first game by a score of 4-0, and won the second game, 7-3.
Game One:

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Toledo Mud Hens extended their win streak to five games by sweeping a doubleheader against the Columbus Clippers on Saturday night (April 22) at Huntington Park. The Mud Hens won the first game by a score of 4-0, and won the second game, 7-3.

Game One:

In the first game of the day, Zach Logue (1-0) took the mound for the Mud Hens while Konnor Pilkington (0-2) got the start for the Clippers.

After a scoreless first inning, Jonathan Davis reached on a walk in the top of the second and promptly stole second base. Brendon Davis’s line drive scored Jonathan Davis to give the Mud Hens an early 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the second, the Clippers threatened with a walk and a double that put runners on second and third with two outs. However, Logue forced a flyout to end the inning and maintain Toledo’s one-run lead.

Both teams were held scoreless in the third inning before the Clippers earned another scoring opportunity in the bottom of the fourth. Logue walked three batters to load the bases before being replaced by Matt Wisler with two outs. Wisler faced Richie Palacios, who hit a ground ball that looked like a sure game-tying hit before John Valente made a diving play to get the out at first and keep the Mud Hens ahead, 1-0.

In the top of the sixth, Ryan Kreidler hit a solo home run to deep left field off Luis Oviedo to extend the lead to 2-0.

After Miguel Diaz replaced Wisler and set down the Clippers batters in order, Zack Short hit a two-run home run to give the Mud Hens a four-run lead. Later in the inning, Justyn-Henry Malloy hit a single to extend his hitting streak to 13 games, although he was left on base when a groundout by Donny Sands retired the side.

Diaz closed the game with another 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the seventh, securing the Mud Hens first shutout of the season and earning a save in the process, his fourth of the season. Wisler (1-0) earned the win for the Mud Hens while Pilkington took the loss for the Clippers.

Game One Notables:

  • Zack Short: 1-3, R, 2 RBI, BB
  • Justyn-Henry Malloy: 1-3, BB
  • Ryan Kreidler: 1-4, R, 1 RBI, HR
  • Jonathan Davis: 1-2, R, BB, SB
  • Brendon Davis: 1-3, 1 RBI
  • Zach Logue:2 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 H, 4 BB, 2 K
  • Matt Wisler: W, 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, BB, K
  • Miguel Diaz: SV, 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Game Two:

In the second game, Garrett Hill (1-0) started for the Mud Hens while Caleb Simpson (0-0) took the mound for the Clippers.

Meadows hit a leadoff home run to put the Mud Hens on the board early. After a pair of walks by Andre Lipcius and Kreidler, Andrew Knapp hit an RBI single to bring the Toledo lead to 2-0. Phillip Diehl replaced Simpson and struck out Jonathan Davis to end the inning.

The Clippers answered in the bottom of the second with their first run of the day. Brayan Rocchio hit a single and then stole second base before Zack Collins hit an RBI single to drive Rocchio in.

The Mud Hens were held scoreless in the second inning, and the Clippers tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the second. After a pair of singles, Rocchio hit an infield single that scored both baserunners after a throwing error by Lipcius.

After a scoreless third inning, Kreidler started the top of the fourth with a leadoff walk against Clippers pitcher Jason Bilous. Jonathan Davis then drove him home with a two-run home run to reclaim a 4-3 lead for the Mud Hens.

Brendan White replaced Hill in the bottom of the fourth with a dominant 1-2-3 inning.

In the top of the fifth, Justyn-Henry Malloy got on base with a single, boosting his hitting streak to 14 games. An RBI single from Kreidler scored Malloy, growing the Toledo lead to 5-3.

White held the Clippers without a baserunner for the second straight inning in the bottom of the fifth, but Caleb Barager took the mound for the Clippers in the top of the sixth and set down the Mud Hens in order.

The Clippers threatened to score in the bottom of the sixth after Kervin Castro replaced White. A pair of singles and a wild pitch put runners on second and third for the Clippers with two outs, with the leading run at the plate. However, Castro fielded a groundout to retire the side and maintain Toledo’s 5-3 lead.

After Meadows hit a double in the top of the seventh, Malloy blasted a two-run home run to left field to extend the Mud Hens lead to 7-3.

Castro shut down the Clippers in the bottom of the seventh, and a diving grab by Kreidler sealed the 7-3 win for the Mud Hens.

White (3-0) earned the win for the Mud Hens, while Bilous (0-2) was given the loss for the Clippers. Castro (1) was given the save for the Mud Hens.

The Mud Hens will close the six-game series against the Clippers in Columbus on Sunday, with the first pitch coming at 1:05 p.m.

Game Two Notables:

  • Parker Meadows: 2-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, HR
  • Justyn-Henry Malloy: 2-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR
  • Ryan Kreidler: 2-2, R, 1 RBI, 2 BB
  • Andrew Knapp: 1-4, 1 RBI
  • Jonathan Davis: 1-3, R, 2 RBI, HR
  • Brendan White: W, 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
  • Kervin Castro: SV, 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

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