Heading home for one last time this season, the Mud Hens were paired off with International League West division foe Indianapolis Indians.
Despite a strong day from newcomer Mike Gerber -- who added a pair of hits and an RBI in his Toledo debut -- and a solid relief apperance by Victor Alcantara, the Mud Hens fell by a count of 5-4.
Matt Crouse got the start for the Mud Hens after being called up from Erie and after a rough first inning, he settled in with a respectable start. The left-hander lasted five innings and allowed three earned runs while striking out two opposing batters.
Tyler Glasnow was his opponent for the Indians and was excellent once again. The big right-hander did not allow a run over six innings of work and he tallied nine strikeouts.
Though Crouse retired the first two batters in the first inning, Indianapolis was able to jump on him after that point. Christopher Bostick singled and Joey Terdoslavich walked to put two runners on, while Edwin Espinal added a single of his own to make it 1-0. Danny Ortiz added another singled to push it to 2-0 and Eric Wood added another to finish the frame off at 3-0.
They were able to add to their lead in the top of the third inning with another string of singles. Terdoslavich and Espinal singled to put a runner in scoring position and Ortiz capitalized once again, this time with a sacrifice fly, to push the Indians lead to 4-0.
The scoring streak for Indianapolis continued in the top of the fourth, once again with a two-out rally. Kevin Newman ripped a double to left field and Erich Weiss drove him home with a single up the middle that pushed the score to 5-0 just under halfway through the game.
Victor Alcantara, another recent call-up from the Seawolves, entered in the top of the sixth inning and was able to maintain the momentum that Crouse had picked up in the top of the fifth. The right-hander went four innings and while he allowed seven base runners -- four base hits and three walks -- he held the Indians bats in check.
The Mud Hens were finally able to get on the board in the bottom of the eighth inning. Omar Infante ripped a single and Mike Gerber, another recent call-up, hit a double -- his second hit of the game -- that scored Infante to make it 5-1. Tyler Collins singled up the middle to score Gerber and put Toledo within swinging distance.
The late-inning resurgance continued on in the ninth inning for Toledo. Jason Krizan and Dominic Ficociello led the inning off with back-to-back singles and Brendan Ryan reached on an error to load the bases with no one out. Jim Adduci jumped on the opportunity with a sacrifice fly to make it 5-3 and Infante singled to make it 5-4. Unfortunately for the Mud Hens, Edgar Santana was able to settle in and get the final out to seal it off the Indianapolis victory.
The Mud Hens return to action on Saturday night for game two of their season-ending four-game set with the Indians. Chad Bell is set to take the hill for the Mud Hens; first pitch is scheduled for 7:05.
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