The third game of the season way back on April 8 was the last time the Toledo Mud Hens weren't at the top of the IL-West Division. Following a doubleheader sweep on Friday night in Indianapolis, the Indians now take a two-game lead in the division.
The Indians won by finals of 6-1 and 7-1 as the Toledo bats were held mostly silent in the first of four games on the quick road trip for the Hens.
In Game 1, the Hens fell behind early as the Indians put a three-spot up in the bottom of the first inning against starter Anthony Vasquez. Two straight hits started the frame for Indianapolis before a Max Moroff sac fly put them on the board. Jason Rogers and Phil Gosselin each added two-out knocks to drive in runs to put the Indians ahead.
Toledo got a run back in the top of the second when Omar Infante and Logan Watkins led off the inning with back-to-back hits. Although Bryan Holaday grounded into a double play, Brendan Ryan came up with a big two-out base hit to drive Infante home. That would be the only run the Hens would score in the contest.
The Indians got to Vasquez again in the fourth inning with another three-run frame. Moroff continued his torrid season against Toledo with the big hit in the inning, a two-run double. After four, Indianapolis led 6-1, which would wind up being the final score.
Vasquez pitched 5.0 innings for Toledo, allowing six runs on 10 hits, one walk, and struck out three. Jeff Ferrell came on to pitch a shutout sixth inning in relief.
The Mud Hens were led offensively by Infante who finished a perfect 2-for-2, marking his third straight multi-hit game. The Toledo second baseman added a stolen base and notched the team's only extra-base hit in the contest.
The Hens struck first in the nightcap, as Efren Navarro hit his fourth home run of the season in the top of the first that cleared the center field wall.
Victor Alcantara started in his Triple-A debut. He threw the first two innings, allowing a run on one hit, two walks, and struck out a pair.
Indianapolis tied the game up in the second with a Jacob Stallings RBI single. Stallings came through again in the fourth to give the Indians its first lead of the game on a double. Eury Perez followed with a hit later in the inning to bring home Stallings. After four, Indianapolis led 3-1.
Bruce Rondon continued his solid streak with a scoreless inning, not allowing a base runner and struck out one.
The Indians added four insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth against Arcenio Leon. A bases loaded walk and a two-run single from Jason Rogers were the big blows in the inning.
Facing a six-run deficit in the seventh, the Hens had a lot of work to do. Jason Krizan recorded an infield single with two outs, which was only the second hit of the contest for Toledo. The team went hitless after Navarro's first inning home run to that point.
The teams will meet two more times before the Hens return to Toledo. Tomorrow's game with start at 7:05 p.m.
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