TOLEDO, OHIO - The Toledo Mud Hens fell in its series opener to Norfolk, 6-3, in front of a sold out crowd at Fifth Third Field. The Tides rallied with five runs in the eighth to secure its victory. Ryan Ketchner, who was outstanding in his 6.1 innings of work, got a no-decision.
Norfolk began the scoring in the top of the third with an unearned run. Former Ohio State Buckeye Matt Angle singled with one out. He advanced to second after Ketchner's throw to first was wild. Angle wasn't done scooting around the bases yet, though, as he stole third. Robert Andino brought him home with a sacrifice fly to put the Tides up 1-0.
The Hens followed it up in the bottom half with three runs. Brent Dlugach and Jeff Frazier led off the inning with back-to-back singles before Ryan Strieby struck out. Jeff Larish followed with a three-run homer to dead center, giving the Hens a 3-1 lead.
Norfolk starter Brad Bergesen went only 2.2 innings, giving up three runs on five hits. He struck out two and walked two.
Jim Miller came on to relieve Bergesen and was phenomenal in his 3.1 innings of work. He allowed one hit, struck out five and walked none.
Norfolk took the lead in the eighth with five runs. Paco Figueroa led off the inning with a single. Angle followed with a walk and Andino singled to load the bases. Jeff Salazar hit a grounder to first, but Frazier's throw home was in the dirt and a run scored, making it a 3-2 ballgame. Daniel Schlereth then walked in a run to tie the game. The Tides would take the lead on a two-run, two-RBI double giving Norfolk a 5-3 lead. It would grow to 6-3 after a Brandon Snyder sacrifice fly. The inning ended on a Figueroa ground out.
Mike Hinckley (1-3) picked up his first win of the season. Dennis Sarfate collected his ninth save.
- Attendance: 9,122. The ninth sellout of the season and 247th all-time at Fifth Third Field.
- Jeff Larish hit his 10th HR.
- Ketchner's line: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
- Jeff Frazier extended his hitting streak to eight games.