The Toledo pitching staff was abused for nine runs on 16 hits off the bats of Louisville hitters. The 9-1 loss marked the first time the Mud Hens lost since Sunday.
Drew VerHagen started for Toledo and allowed six runs, four of which were earned, allowing 12 hits, no walks, and struck out five. The loss brought VerHagen to 6-6 on the season, but his six victories are still good for best on the team.
Despite collecting nine hits as a team, zero extra-base hits and going 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position would lead to the Hens scoring just one run in the contest.
That lone run came in the third inning when Brendan Ryan led off with a single. He scored when a passed ball got by Louisville catcher Adrian Nieto.
The Bats got to VerHagen with a three-spot in the first inning. Brandon Dixon doubled home a pair and Phillip Ervin notched an RBI single to open the game's scoring.
VerHagen settled in a bit for a few innings before the Bats got two more runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to chase him from the game. Ruben Alaniz relieved VerHagen and pitched the final 2.1 innings, allowing three runs, two earned, no walks, and struck out four.
Dixon had a big night at the plate for Louisville, tallying three RBI. Sebastian Elizalde was 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBI, while Nieto and Dilson Herrera each had three hits.
Jackson Stephens pitched 7.0 solid innings for the Bats, allowing just one unearned run on eight hits, walking two and striking out two. Lisalverto Bonilla and Jimmy Herget combined to throw the final two frames, allowing just one base runner in the late innings.
Toledo moves on to Durham where they begin their series on Friday at 7:05 p.m. Matthew Boyd (3-1, 2.48 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Hens in the opener.
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