Boyd solid again in shut out loss to Bulls

By Jeremy O'Brien / Toledo Mud Hens | July 7, 2017 9:39 PM ET

Toledo dropped their series-opener with IL-South opponent Durham, 1-0, Friday night. Despite another solid performance out of Hens starter Matthew Boyd, his offense struggled to provide him even one run of support for the second straight start.

Toledo dropped their series-opener with IL-South opponent Durham, 1-0, Friday night. Despite another solid performance out of Hens starter Matthew Boyd, his offense struggled to provide him even one run of support for the second straight start.

The lefty recorded eight innings of one-run ball, surrendering just three hits and two walks to six strikeouts. Neither of the walks came back to bite him, either, as his only earned run came as a result of a Willy Adames solo homer with two outs in the top of the first.

That run turned out to be the deciding factor, as Boyd's counterpart, Yonny Chirinos, did not allow any at all. The win - his eighth of the season - included only four hits to six strikeouts over eight shutout frames. He becomes the seventh pitcher to shut out the Hens this season. Chirinos was relieved by Ryan Stanek in the ninth who proceeded put the Hens down to close out the game.

Toledo's best chance to score came in their very first at-bat. With one down, JaCoby Jones doubled to left and proceeded to move to third on a ground out by Jim Adduci. It was a moot point, though, as John Hicks grounded out to end the frame.

Game two of Toledo's three-game series with Durham takes place Saturday night at 6:35 p.m.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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