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Guez leads Hens to victory with four RBI performance; Hens beat Scranton 11-7
07/17/2010 8:17 PM ET

MOOSIC, Pa. - The Toledo Mud Hens halted a five-game skid with an 11-7 victory over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees Saturday night at PNC Field in Moosic, Pa.

Ben Guez led the charge for the Hens as he finished a single short of the cycle. He was 3-for-5 on the night with a home run, triple, double, four RBI and two runs.

The Mud Hens wasted no time getting on the board as they scored early and often, racking up four runs in the first inning. Scott Sizemore led off the game with a home run to give Toledo a 1-0 cushion. It would continue to grow, though. After a Will Rhymes walked, Ryan Strieby belted a double and the Hens had two men in scoring position and none out. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre starter Zach McAllister (7-6) finally got that first out when Jeff Larish popped out to the shortstop. Jeff Frazier followed with a sacrifice fly to score Rhymes from third. With two outs now, Brent Dlugach walked and the Hens again had two on. Guez cleared the bases with a triple to push the Mud Hen lead to 4-0. Casper Wells struck out to end the inning.

The Hens added a run to its lead in the second. Robinzon Diaz started things off with a single. After Sizemore flew out, Rhymes walked. An RBI single from Strieby gave the Hens a 5-0 lead.

The runs would continue in the third. Toledo once again led off an inning with a hit, this time a single from Frazier. Dlugach followed with a ground ball that looked like a potential double-play ball. Fortunately for the Hens, the ball was bobbled and Dlugach reached base safely. Guez would then double, bringing in Frazier and making it 6-0 in favor of Toledo. That was the last straw as Kei Igawa then entered the ballgame for the Yankees. After a lineout by Wells, Diaz grounded out with Dlugach scoring on the play. The Mud Hens lead would get to 8-0 when Sizemore hit an RBI single to score Guez. The inning would finally end with a fly out by Rhymes.

Scranton would trim the lead to 8-2 in the bottom of the third on a two-run home run by Greg Golson. They would get four more runs in the fourth. All four runs in the inning came off two-run home runs. The first came from the bat of Chad Tracy, while Eric Bruntlett belted the second.

The Hens started the fifth inning with back-to-back home runs by Guez and Wells to push its lead to 10-6. It would grow to 11-6 after a Frazier hit a solo homer in the sixth.

The Yankees would score one run in the bottom of the ninth as Bruntlett hit his second home run of the night.

Brendan Wise (4-2) picked up the win for Toledo.

The Hens and Yankees close out their series Sunday at 1:05 p.m. before Toledo goes to Pawtucket for a four-game series with the Red Sox. Upcoming Game Tickets | Box Score

Game Notes

  • Scott Sizemore hit his second lead off HR of the season and fifth HR overall.
  • The Hens scored eight runs (4-1-3) in the first three innings.
  • McAllister's line: 2 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR - not ideal for SWB.
  • Ben Guez finished a single short of the cycle. He was 3-for-5 with a HR, 3B, 2B, four RBI and two runs.
  • Guez's homer was his third of the season with Toledo.
  • Casper Wells followed Guez's HR with one of his own to go back-to-back. It was Wells' 12th HR.
  • Frazier hit his 19th HR of the season and third in two days.

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