The story of the game in a nutshell -- or is that an egg shell? -- for Monday, April 25, 2011 ...
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TWITTER POST: Scott Sizemore's bases-loaded, 2-out single in the bottom of the ninth plates 3 runs and gives Hens a 6-5 walkoff win over Louisville at FTF.
SCORING SUMMARY: Louisville 2nd: With Thad Weber pitching, Devin Mesoraco bloops a double into left-center, and Danny Dorn slams a 3-1 pitch over the fence in right for a two-run homer. Louisville 2, Mud Hens 0.
Mud Hens 3rd: With Dontrelle Willis pitching, Cale Iorg led off by blooping a double down the left-field line. Then with two outs, Andy Dirks blooped a single to left that scored Iorg. Scott Sizemore singled Dirks to second, and Scott Thorman singled home Dirks. Mud Hens 2, Louisville 2.
Mud Hens 4th: Ryan Strieby led off by drawing a walk, then moved to second on a one-out single by Bryan Pounds. Iorg hit a grounder wide of first base; Dorn threw to second to force out Pounds, but the relay to first was too late to retire Iorg. Willis caught the throw to first, but threw wildly trying to pick Strieby off third; the error allowed Strieby to score. Mud Hens 3, Louisville 2.
Louisville 5th: With two outs and none on, Fred Lewis, Zack Cozart and Dave Sappelt hit back-to-back-to-back doubles to score two runs. Louisville 4, Mud Hens 3.
Louisville 6th: Mesoraco led off with a single, then moved to second on a one-out error by Pounds at third on a ball hit by Todd Frazier. Kristopher Negron singled to left to score Mesoraco. Louisville 5, Mud Hens 3.
Mud Hens 9th: With Daniel Ray Herrera pitching, Iorg blooped a one out single to left. With two outs pinch-hitter Timo Perez walked to move Iorg to second. Dirks then hit a grounder to first that Dorn misplayed for an error that loaded the bases. Sizemore slammed a line-drive down the left-field line for a double that scored all three baserunners. Mud Hens 6, Louisville 5.
KING OF THE ROOST: The obvious candidates today is Scott Sizemore, whose bases-loaded double in the ninth was the game winner. Sizemore also had two singles on the night and is hitting .411 this season. A less obvious, but no less important, candidate is reliever Brendan Wise, who came in with two on and two out in the sixth and struck out Fred Lewis to end that threat, then retired the next six hitters he faced to keep the Hens close. And let's give a little love to Cale Iorg, who had a single, double and walk in four plate appearances (he's hitting .264 this season) and to Scott Thorman, who also had a pair of hits and an RBI.
PLAY OF THE GAME: This isn't exactly rocket science, is it? The Hens were down to their final out in the bottom of the ninth when Scott Sizemore came to the plate with the bases loaded. Louisville reliever Daniel Ray Herrera got ahead of Sizemore 1-2, but Sizemore hit a hard line drive down the left-field line to give the Mud Hens the come-from-behind victory.
NEXT HOME GAME: The Mud Hens play four games in Syracuse starting Tuesday at 6 p.m., then play four in Pawtucket before getting an off day on Wednesday, May 4. The next day Charlotte will be in town for their only four-game series at Fifth Third Field this season. The first game is Thursday, May 5, with first pitch set for 6:30 p.m.