Mud Hens win final road game of 2019

Pete Kozma knocks in four RBIs on two home runs

By Zach Libby / Toledo Mud Hens | August 29, 2019 6:13 PM

Indianapolis, Ind. - The Toledo Mud Hens finished out the week-long road trip Thursday with a series-clinching 7-2 win over the Indianapolis Indians. 

Collecting 13 hits and four home runs for their sixth and final win at Victory Field, the Mud Hens have tied their IL West rival again for second place in the division with four games remaining. 

Pete Kozma knocked in four RBIs on two home runs for his sixth game with three or more runs batted in this season.

Tim Adleman (9-4, 3.32 ERA) picked up his sixth win over his last seven starts. The 2010 24th-round pick allowed four hits and also fanned four to become the new team leader in strikeouts (109).  

Entering the game first in the league averaging .277, Toledo reached double-digit hits prior to the start of the fifth inning. 

What Happened: 

Two home runs from Kozma and Grayson Greiner, as well as a Christin Stewart bloop single to center field, provided the Mud Hens with four runs in the second frame. 

Greiner, who was reinstated from the 60-day injured list on Saturday and optioned down to Triple-A, has gone deep twice in three days while Kozma recorded what was the 10th homer of the series. 

Drafted in the first round by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2007, Kozma went back-to-back over the left field wall in his next at-bat for seven total this season.

He's one RBI away from tying Jacob Robson (51) for the most among active Toledo hitters. 

The Mud Hens' lead grew to six through five innings as Frank Schwindel continued the power hitting affair with his third home run to extend his hitting streak to eight games. 

The 27-year-old infielder is batting 18-for-33 (.545) since last Friday. 

Jason Martin would fly out to right for the second Indianapolis run scored off Adleman in the sixth. 

What's Next: 

Zac Reininger (3-3, 4.47 ERA) is probable to start Friday in the first of a two-game series against the Louisville Bats. 

Opening pitch from Fifth Third Field is at 7:05 p.m. (EST). 

Live coverage is available on MiLB.TV, Buckeye Cable Sports Network, and Fox Sports 1230 WCWA-AM. 

#RoadToDetroitReport (rankings according to the 2019 Prospect Watch): 

8. OF Daz Cameron: 1-for-5, Run 

14. RHP Beau Burrows: DNP (IL)

18: RHP Kyle Funkhouser: DNP 

21. RHP Bryan Garcia: DNP 

27. OF Jacob Robson: 0-for-4, Walk, Run 

30. OF Danny Woodrow: DNP

Hens' Notes: 

Matt Wotherspoon threw a scoreless eighth inning and surrendered just one hit in his second appearance with Toledo since joining the team on Saturday.

• The Mud Hens could end the year 35-35 at Fifth Third Field and 37-34 against IL West clubs by sweeping the homestand this weekend. 

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

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