Here is pre-game and in-game information from the Mud Hens' game vs. Indianapolis at Fifth Third Field on Monday, April 15. Make sure to press “refresh” for updates throughout the contest.
Indianapolis Indians (7-4) at Toledo Mud Hens (3-8).
First pitch: 6:30 p.m.
Radio: 1230 AM, WCWA. Click here to listen on the Internet.
Gameday: Click here to follow the contest pitch-by-pitch.
INDIANAPOLIS: Leading off and playing 2B is Josh Harrison, followed by Jordy Mercer at SS, Brandon Inge in LF, Brett Carroll at DH, Felix Pie in CF, Matt Hague at 1B, Jerry Sands in RF, Tony Sanchez at C, Jared Goedert at 3B and Brandon Cumpton as the starting pitcher.
MUD HENS: Leading off and playing CF is Quintin Berry in CF, followed by Kevin Russo at 2B, Nick Castellanos in LF, Jordan Lennerton at DH, Ben Guez in RF, Danny Dorn at 1B, Danny Worth at SS, Bryan Holaday at C, Argeniz Diaz at 3B and LHP Pat Misch as the starting pitcher.
The Mud Hens were retired in order 1-2-3 with a pair of strikeouts. Game over, and Toledo loses 5-4. Heading to the clubhouse ... thanks for following along tonight!
Bruce Rondon returned to start the ninth and gave up a leadoff single to Josh Harrison, then retired the Indians with a pair of strikeouts ... including the third strikeout of the game for Brandon Inge. Hens trail by a run, last bats coming up ...
Toledo gets a leadoff single by Jordan Lennerton, but pinch-runner Gustavo Nunez was caught stealing and Indy reliever Duke Welker got the other two outs to end the inning. We head to the ninth, and now the Indians lead 5-4.
The Mud Hens bullpen blows the lead as Indianapolis scores three times in the top of the eighth. Toledo reliever Evan Reed gave up two hits and a walk to load the bases with one out, and the Hens brought Bruce Rondon into the game. He got Matt Hague to hit a grounder to third that got past Argenis Diaz for a two-run error that tied the game. Then Jerry Sands lined an RBI single to score the go-ahead run. For those wondering ... Rondon threw 12 pitches, seven for strikes. He also threw one pitch at 101 mph, two at 100, one at 99, one at 98 and three at 97. But Indy takes a 5-4 lead into the bottom of the eighth.
The Mud Hens are retired 1-2-3 with two strikeouts. Still Mud Hens 4, Indianapolis 2 as we head to the eighth.
Hens reliever Luke Putkonen gave up a leadoff single to Jerry Sands but otherwise avoided trouble, collecting a strikeout, a weak groundout and a foul pop behind home plate.
The Mud Hens add a run in the sixth, but the rally could have been bigger. Back-to-back singles by Ben Guez and Danny Dorn (Dorn bunted down the third-base line after Indianapolis insisted on using a "Williams" shift against him) and a sacrifice but runners on second and third with one out, and Bryan Holaday singled home Guez. Then with runners on first and third with one out, Indy reliever Duke Welker got Argenis Diaz to hit into a rally-killer double play. Hens now lead Indy 4-2.
Interesting set of at-bats for the Indians to lead off the inning. Former Mud Hen and Tiger Brandon Inge struck out to lead off the inning. He's the Toft's Ice Cream strikeout player of the game ... and as Inge left the home plate area, he tipped his cap to the crowd. Gotta have a little fun, right? Then Toledo starter Pat Misch got ahead of Brett Carroll 0-2, then threw four straight pitches outside the strike zone for a walk. Not good. With two outs Misch was replaced by Luke Putkonen, and Putkonen struck out Matt Hague. Hens still lead Indy 3-2.
The Mud Hens are retired in order in the fifth. Still 3-2 Toledo over Indianapolis.
The Indians scored a run on the Hens thanks to a terrific bit of baserunning by Tony Sanchez. Sanchez led off with a double, then took third on a groundout. Toledo had the infield back and Josh Harrison hit a grounder to third. Argenis Diaz threw home, and the ball beat Sanchez easily. But the throw pulled Bryan Holaday away from the plate, and Sanchez ran to the inside of the baseline. Holaday failed to tag Sanchez, who dove and barely touched the corner of the plate. Toledo's Pat Misch picked Harrison off first base and avoided further trouble, but now it's 3-2 Toledo as the Hens come to the plate in the bottom of the fifth.
The Mud Hens get a one-out hit batsman from Bryan Holaday but nothing else. Toledo leads 3-1 as we head to the fifth.
Nice inning by Toledo starter Pat Misch, who retired the Indians 1-2-3 -- and needed just 11 pitches to get the job done. It's always big to get three outs the half-inning after your team has scored, and Misch did the job.
Toledo got a big two-out hit by Ben Guez to score three times. The first two hitters got on base as Argenis Diaz and Quintin Berry singled, but the Hens got a bad break when a soft liner to right by Kevin Russo fell -- but the runners had to hold until the ball dropped, and Berry was forced at second. Then with two outs Jordan Lennerton drew a walk to load the bases, and Guez unloaded them with a high fly that hit high off the wall in left for a three-run double. After three innings, the Hens lead 3-1.
The Indians put together a threat but failed to score. Pat Misch gave up a one-out double to Josh Harrison and a two-out walk to Brandon Inge but avoided further trouble.
The Mud Hens got a pair of walks in the second but failed to score. Toledo was very aggressive on the bases, moving up on a wild pitch and getting a stolen base, but Bryan Holaday grounded out with two outs and runners on second and third. Still Indianapolis 0, Toledo 0.
The Indians do not score in the second. Matt Hague singled, but he was thrown out trying to steal second thanks to a terrific effort by Hens catcher Bryan Holaday. Holaday now has thrown out five of the 10 opponents who have tried to steal against him this season -- 50 percent success is outstanding.
The Mud Hens were retired in order in the first as Indy starter Brandon Cumpton got three groundouts to the shortstop.
The Indians jumped on top in the first inning off Toledo starter Pat Misch. The leadoff hitter, Josh Harrison, lined a single to left, took second on a slow groundout, and came home on a double high off the left-field wall by Brandon Inge. The ball by Inge just missed being a home run. Indianapolis leads 1-0.
- The first news is the return of Kevin Russo to the Mud Hens lineup. Russo has not played since suffering a hip injury on April 9. This will be his first home game for the Mud Hens.
- A change worth noting in the Toledo lineup. Daniel Dorn is starting at first base for the Mud Hens while Jordan Lennerton will DH. Dorn has been playing in right for the Hens, but he has extensive work at first base in his career. Toledo manager Phil Nevin said he wanted to get Dorn work at first but didn’t want to take Lennerton out of the lineup since he is hitting well.
- Click here for a list of former Mud Hens on the Indianapolis roster. One name that isn’t on that list is Jeff Larish, who is with the Indians – I’m watching him swing during batting practice as I write this – but is not on the active roster.
- Looking ahead, here is the rest of the probably starters for the series with the Indians: On Tuesday it will be Casey Crosby against the Tribe’s Gerrit Cole; and on Wednesday it will be Duane Below versus the Indians bullpen because schedule starter Phil Irwin was called up to Pittsburgh.
- A reminder that with the Walleye win Saturday night in Cincinnati, game six of the two team’s playoff series will be Tuesday night – the same time as the Hens’ game against Indianapolis. The baseball game starts at 6:30 p.m., and the hockey game starts at 7:30 p.m. The two teams are selling a $22 ticket that gives you admission to both contests. My question: Which venue will be colder?
- Finally, here are a few links from Sunday’s game. Click here to read the game story and click here to read the notebook from the contest. Click here to read the in-game blog. Click here to view Dave Zapotosky's photo gallery from Sunday’s game. Finally, click here to read a column by The Blade's Dave Hackenberg about Quintin Berry and why he is wearning the number "0" for the Hens.
- Also, you are welcome to click here and read a week in review -- and a look ahead -- for the Mud Hens.