Infante guides Mud Hens to first home victory

By Brian Rzeppa / Toledo Mud Hens | April 14, 2017 6:17 PM ET

After having their home opener spoiled in front of a crowd of over 12,000, the Mud Hens were able to extract a bit of revenge against the Indianapolis Indians on Friday Night.

Powered by Omar Infante's two-RBI night, Toledo grabbed the 4-3 win for their first home victory of the season and their sixth total.

Drew VerHagen got the start for the Mud Hens and didn't disappoint, going six strong and only giving up one while picking up his first win of the year; a great build off of his four-inning, one-run performance against Indianapolis in the season's opening series.

He faired much better than Indians starter Clay Holmes, who was lifted from the game after just two-thirds of an inning. After he allowed four runs over the course of four innings in his first start of the sason against Toledo, it might be safe to say that the Mud Hens have his number.

After a slow start for each team in the game yesterday, the Indians got on the board early in this one. Shorstop Max Moroff led off the game with a walk and after stealing second base, advanced to third on an errant throw by Mud Hens catcher Bryan Holaday. Despite a slick sliding catch in left field by David Lough, Moroff came in to score to get the game off to a 1-0 start.

The Mud Hens got off to a quick start of their own in the bottom of the first. Alex Presley reached on an error and then stole second base to put a runner in scoring position with no one out. The veteran Omar Infante took advantage with a single up the middle, scoring Presley to tie the game at 1. An Efren Navarro walk added another and Toledo entered the second up 2-1.

Indianapolis threatened in the top of the second with a one-out double by Erich Weiss, but VerHagen induced a long fly ball for out number two and got out of the inning with a strikeout.

Indians reliever Brett McKinney made quick work of the Mud Hens in the top of the third and Drew VerHagen matched him in the bottom of the frame, punctuated by a leaping catch at the wall by Jim Adduci.

Adduci singled to lead off the bottom of the third and was pushed to third follow a Juan Perez single and an Efren Navarro fielder's choice. With two outs, McKinney threw a wild pitch which allowed Adduci to score and moved the lead to 3-1.

VerHagen continued to roll through the fourth, fifth and sixth innings and and an Indianapolis reliever tandem of Angel Sanchez and Dovydas Neverauskas did the same in the bottom half of those innings.

Edward Mujica came on the seventh to take over for VerHagen and continued the roll that the starter had been on, pitching a scoreless inning with a strikeout.

The Mud Hens offense came to life once again in the bottom of the seventh, as after an infield single by David Lough, an error by Moroff that allowed Holaday to reach base and a wild pitch, Toledo had runners on second and third with no one out. Following a Presley fly out, an Infante sac fly stretched the Mud Hens lead to 4-1.

A lead-off single to Moroff set the table for the Indians and a controversial home run call gave Meadows a two-run blast to bring the score to 4-3. Arcenio Leon came in to limit the damage and got a pair of strikeouts to end the inning.

Joe Jimenez, one day after pitching in Detroit for the Tigers, came in to close out the game for the Mud Hens, picking up his second save of the season.

The third game of the series against the Indianapolis Indians is Saturday evening. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05.

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

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