Hens win finale in front of sellout crowd

By Lucas Rains / Toledo Mud Hens | September 4, 2017 1:47 PM ET

The Mud Hens went out with a bang, as they ended the season in front of the 25th sellout of the year with a 7-4 victory over the Indians. The game was ended fittingly with a 4-6-3 double play with the duo of Omar Infante and Brendan Ryan ending the game.

Josh Turley worked 7.2 innings to earn the victory, while Jason Krizan and Kody Eaves each tallied two hits in the game.

It didn't take long for the Indians to jump out to an early lead against Mud Hens starter Josh Turley. The second batter of the game, Gift Ngoepe belted a solo home run to left for his sixth of the year to give Indy a 1-0 lead in the first.

The Indians tacked on another in the third to take a two-run lead when Edwin Espinal singled home Ngoepe against Turley.

Toledo answered in a big way in the bottom of the third as they batted around and scored five runs to take the lead. Kody Eaves started things off with a leadoff single and scored on a one-out double off the bat of Jim Adduci. Omar Infante made it back-to-back doubles to tied the game up at 2-2 when Adduci scored. Mike Gerber and Tyler Collins each walked to follow before Grayson Greiner gave the Hens a lead on a sac fly. The next batter, Jason Krizan belted a triple off the right field wall to score two more and put a cap on the five-run frame.

After allowing the run in the third, Turley settled in by blanking the Indians in the fourth and fifth to keep the game at 5-2.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Hens tacked on two more runs. Dominic Ficociello and Kody Eaves knocked home runs with back-to-back one-out hits. After five, Toledo held a 7-2 advantage. 

Turley turned in another scoreless inning in the top of the sixth as he stranded a pair of singles by striking out Justin Maffei to end the Indianapolis threat.

In the top of the eighth, Turley ran into trouble for the first time since the third inning and allowed a two-run home run to Barrett Barnes. He allowed a double to the next batter, which ended his afternoon as Bruce Rondon entered the contest. Rondon retired the first batter he faced to end the inning.

The Hens went down in order in the bottom of the eighth and entered the ninth with a 7-4 advantage and closer Edward Mujica toeing the rubber. Mujica gave up a leadoff single and another hit with one out to bring the tying run to the plate. However, he got the next batter to ground into a double play to end the game.

The Hens finish the season with a 70-71 record which was boosted by a great last month of the season. In August and September, the team played its best baseball of the season, accumulating a 24-12 record. 

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

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