With thunder and lightning in the background, International League All-Star Dioner Navarro stepped up in the bottom of the eighth with two outs and hit a hard fly ball into center field that Henry tracked the whole way, and for a moment, the Mud Hens appeared to have gotten out of the inning unharmed. The ball, however, popped out of Henry's glove and onto the grass, allowing Cody Puckett and Mike Costanzo to cross for a 3-1 Bats lead.
Toledo did not go away quietly in the ninth. Argenis Diaz led off the inning with a single - his fourth of the day - and stole second to quickly move into scoring position. Diaz went to third on a fielding error by Neftali Soto that allowed Henry to reach first, putting runners on the corners with nobody out. Jordan Smith replaced J.J. Hoover on to the mound for Louisville, and immediately induced Danny Worth into a double play ball that crossed Diaz, but struck out Ben Guez to end the game and earn his 11th save of the season.
With the win, Louisville (33-59) ended a nine game losing streak to their International League West counterpart Toledo (37-53) heading into the three-day All-Star break.
Gallagher shutout the Mud Hens over six innings, allowing five hits while striking out two and walking four, but it was not always easy. Four out of six frames he allowed the leadoff batter to reach, and the Mud Hens put runners in scoring position in the first, second and fifth off the right hander. The best chance for Toledo came in the fifth as John Lindsey lifted a one-out fly ball into the glove of Cody Puckett in shallow left field with the bases loaded, but Henry didn't risk going for home and Gallagher struck out Ryan Strieby to end the inning.
Hoover (3-0, 1.53) got the win, allowing one run on one hit with a strikeout in 1.1 innings. Costanzo and Puckett had a pair of hits apiece, and Navarro added a sac fly in the first to lead the offense
Thad Weber (5-8, 3.81) took the loss despite a stellar performance, giving up two runs - one earned - with a walk and three strikeouts in 7.2 innings, his longest outing of the season. After the first inning, he never faced more than four batters in a single frame, scattering seven hits.
The only run in the first six innings came in the first, as the Bats loaded the bases with one out. Navarro's sac-fly to center brought in Henry Rodriguez, breaking a 19-inning scoreless streak for Louisville after they were shut out by the Mud Hens in the previous two games of the series.
The inning could have been worse. With runners on second and third, Paul Janish lined a shot down the right field line that Guez caught while running into the tarp. Janish briefly argued the call, but was overruled by first base umpire Kelvin Bultron.
Diaz got Toledo rolling in the seventh, singling and moving to second on a wild pitch from Kanekoa Texeira. Guez knocked in Diaz with a two-out double to tie the score at one. Diaz finished 4-for-4 with two runs scored and a stolen base on the night.
The start of the game was delayed about 67 minutes from the original start time of 2:05 p.m. due to rain and lighting in the area.
The entire International League is off the following three days for the All-Star Break. The Triple-A All-Star Game will be played in Buffalo, NY on Wednesday, July 11. The Bats will return home July 12 for a four-game series against the Gwinnett Braves.