The story in a nutshell -- or is that an egg shell? -- of the Mud Hens' 7-2 win over Louisville at Fifth Third Field on Monday, June 27, 2011 ...
Click here to read the in-game blog for the contest.
Click here to read some post-game notes.
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Click here to view a photo gallery from the game.TWITTER POST: Weber holds Louisville to 2 runs in 6 innings, Perez has 3 hits as Hens score 5X in the 7th and 8th to beat Bats 7-2 at 5/3 Field Monday
Mud Hens 1st: With Daryl Thompson pitching, Will Rhymes walked, moved to third when Danny Worth doubled, and scored on a groundout by Timo Perez. Mud Hens 1, Louisville 0.
Louisville 4th: With Thad Weber pitching, Yonder Alonso singled and Todd Frazier homered. Mud Hens 2, Louisville 2.
Mud Hens 7th: With Jeremy Horst pitching, Rhymes beat out a bunt single but was forced at second by Worth. Perez doubled in Worth and was replaced by pinch-runner Jeff Salazar, who scored on a double by Ryan Strieby. Mud Hens 4, Louisville 2.
Mud Hens 8th: With Brandon Hynick pitching, Rhymes drew a two-out walk, then moved to third on a double by Worth. Salazar walked to load the bases, and Strieby was hit by a pitch to force in a run. Scott Thorman then lined a single to right to score Worth and Salazar. Mud Hens 7, Louisville 2.
KING OF THE ROOST: There are lots of candidates today, including Timo Perez and his three hits and three RBI; Will Rhymes and Danny Worth each had two hits and scored twice. Plus LHP Brad Thomas was especially strong out of the bullpen, striking out all three batters he faced. But Thad Weber gets the nod for claiming his first win at home this season. Weber allowed seven hits and three walks in seven innings but held the best hitting team in the International League to two runs.
PLAY OF THE GAME: The scored was tied in the bottom of the seventh when Timo Perez came to the plate with one out and a runner on first. The Hens might have been a little down because Danny Worth had just been unsuccessful on a sacrifice bunt attempt, forcing Will Rhymes at second. But Perez picked up Worth by lining the ball into the gap in right-center for a double that scored Worth with the tie-breaking -- and game-winning -- run.
THE WEB GEM: In the top of the seventh the game was still 2-2, and Louisville had runners on first and second with one out. The Bats tried a double steal, and Max St-Pierre gunned Zack Cozart out at third. If Cozart is safe, he scores when the next batter, Devin Mesoraco, lifts a fly ball to center. Instead Mesoraco's ball is the final out of the inning, and the game remains tied.
THE NUMBERS GAME: Yes, Mud Hens starter Thad Weber allowed a fair number of baserunners as he gave up seven hits and three walks in seven innings, retiring the Bats in order in just two of his seven innings. But when Weber needed to make a pitch -- in other words, when Louisville had runners in scoring position -- Weber made the pitch. The Bats were 0-for-8 when batting with runners in scoring position against Weber, including all three of his strikeouts.
THE HIDDEN GAME: It's impressive enough that LHP Brad Thomas struck out all three batters he faced in the eighth. It's more impressive when you consider that two of them were good left-handed hitters in Juan Francisco and Yonder Alonso, while Todd Frazier was the third. Thomas is expected to throw one inning in Columbus Tuesday and main rejoin the Tigers soon after.
TRANSACTION LOG: None.
NEXT HOME GAME: The Mud Hens play a pair of games in Columbus Tuesday-Wednesday before returning home for a short four-game series. Toledo will host the Clippers in the first of two at Fifth Third Field on Thursday, June 30 starting at 7 p.m.