Here is pre-game and in-game information from the Mud Hens' game vs. Syracuse at Fifth Third Field on Sunday, May 19. Make sure to press “refresh” for updates throughout the contest.
Syracuse Chiefs (16-26) at Toledo Mud Hens (14-30)
First pitch: 2 p.m.
Radio: 1230 AM, WCWA. Click here to listen on the Internet.Gameday: Click here to follow the contest pitch-by-pitch.
SYRACUSE: Leading off and playing RF is Chris Rahl, followed by Jeff Kobernus at 2B, Corey Brown in CF, Chris Marrero at 1B, Micah Owings in LF, Zach Walters at SS, Carlos Rivero at 3B, Mike Costanzo at DH, Kris Watts at C and RHP Ross Ohlendorf as the starting pitcher.
MUD HENS: Leading off and playing SS is Argenis Diaz, followed by Ramon Cabrera at DH, Jordan Lennerton at 1B, Nick Castellanos in LF, Danny Dorn in RF, Bryan Holaday in C, Quintin Berry in CF, Kevin Russo at 3B, Corey Jones at 2B and LHP Jose Alvarez as the starting pitcher.
Bruce Rondon mows down the Chiefs in the ninth to close out the Hens' 4-3 win. Rondon threw seven pitches, all for strikes, for his ninth save. Rondon struck out two and got Will Rhymes to line out to end the game. Rondon's fastball sat at 96-99 mph; he threw a filthy change-up at 89 for a swing-and-miss, then threw two sliders at 82-83 mph (one was a swing-and-miss, the other was Rhymes' lineout). Thanks for following along!
The Mud Hens are retired in 1-2-3 order in the eighth. It's Bruce Rondon time as we head to the ninth ... and former Hen/Tiger Will Rhymes entered the game as a defensive sub -- and will bat third in the ninth. Hang onto your hats ...
Brayan Villarreal retired the Chiefs in order in the inning, collecting a strikeout along the way. Villarreal threw the ball pretty well, throwing eight of his 12 pitches for strikes. Of those 12 pitches, 10 were fastballs (seven of which were strikes) that sat in the 94 mph range until he got rolling and upped the velocity to 96-98. Fastball command was better today, and so was the result for Villarreal.
The Mud Hens got a pair of runners on base thanks to singles by Jordan Lennerton and Danny Dorn, but a pair of flyouts to center kept Toledo from scoring. The Hens still lead 4-3 as we move to the eighth.
For the fifth consecutive half inning we have a run scored, and obviously that's not good for the Hens. Toledo starter Jose Alvarez gave up a one-out home run to Mike Costanzo -- a well-struck ball to right -- but did get two outs before Brayan Villarreal came out of the bullpen and got the final out. The Mud Hens still lead, but it's a 4-3 advantage as we move to the seventh-inning stretch.
The Mud Hens get the run back in the bottom of the sixth, and Kevin Russo had a terrific at-bat that played a big role in the rally. Bryan Holaday singled to lead off, and one out later Russo fell behind 1-2. Russo then fouled off five two-strike pitches -- and took a pair of pitches for balls -- before lining a single to right that sent Holaday, who was running on the pitch, to third. Toledo's Corey Jones greeted new pitcher Fernando Abad with an RBI single. The Hens lead 4-2 as we move to the seventh.
The Chiefs get one of those runs back off Jose Alvarez, who with two outs gave up a double to Chris Marrero and an RBI single by Micah Owings. But Alvarez got the third out to make sure the Hens stayed in front, although the lead is cut to 3-2. One warning to sound: Alvarez has thrown 94 pitches through six, so he may go a little longer -- but not a lot longer.
Simply put, the at-bat of the season for the Mud Hens' Jordan Lennerton. Here's the situation: Argenis Diaz led off with a single and was still at first when Lennerton came to the plate with one out. Here was the pitch sequence: called strike, ball, ball, foul, foul, foul, foul, ball (3-2 count), foul, foul, foul (runner going), HOME RUN to straight-away center. Just a terrific at-bat by Lennerton. Mud Hens lead 3-1 as we move to the sixth.
The Chiefs finally nick Toledo starter Jose Alvarez for a run, and Alvarez nearly escaped unscathed after giving up a LONG leadoff double to Micah Owings. Alvarez gave up a one-out infield single that sent Owings to third, then got a second out and two strikes on Kris Watts, who blooped a single to center to score Owings. Alvarez now has thrown 72 pitches through five innings, and the game is tied 1-1.
Bryan Holaday leads off the inning with a single, but he never advances past first as the next three batters are retired. The final out came on a nifty leaping play by Jeff Kobernus at second base. Toledo's Corey Jones hit a grounder up the middle that Kobernus gloved and threw to first in a play reminiscent of Derek Jeter throwing out a batter on a grounder in the hole at shortstop. Hens still lead 1-0 as we move to the fifth.
Another 1-2-3 inning for Jose Alvarez, who has retired 12 Chiefs in a row. Alvarez has thrown 51 pitches through four innings and the shutout remains intact.
The Mud Hens again fail to take advantage of a scoring opportunity as Argenis Diaz doubled to lead off the inning, then moved to third on a groundout -- and was stranded at third. Jordan Lennerton walked, but Nick Castellanos popped out and Danny Dorn struck out. Toledo still leads 1-0 as we move to the fourth.
Another 1-2-3 inning for Jose Alvarez, with an assist to Kevin Russo at third base. The leadoff hitter this inning, Mike Costanzo, hit a soft liner to shallow left, but Russo made a fine over-the-shoulder catch to record the out.
The Mud Hens got a two-out single by Kevin Russo, but that was it. Toledo leads Syracuse 1-0 as we move to the third.
The Hens' Jose Alvarez retired the Chiefs in 1-2-3 order, and needed just 13 pitches to do it. Nice inning for Alvarez.
The Mud Hens get on the board first when Jordan Lennerton slammed his sixth home run of the season off the base of the scoreboard in left. Nick Castellanos also singled sharply, but that was it for the Hens, who lead 1-0 as we move to the second.
Mud Hens started Jose Alvarez gave up an infield single to Chris Rahl to open the game, but Alvarez pitched around that single. Alvarez threw just 13 pitches, 10 of which were strikes. The Hens are hoping Alvarez can cover a number of innings to allow the bullpen to get a day of rest.
- Toledo still is a pitcher short on its staff because LHP Al Alburquerque still has not arrived at Fifth Third Field. Alburquerque was optioned to the Hens on May 16, and it has been 72 hours since his demotion -- normally players are required to report in 72 hours. Mud Hens manager said he did not know when Alburquerque would join the Hens.
- The Mud Hens still have not determined who will start when the team begins its next road trip Thursday at Gwinnett. The Hens could skip the position that Luke Putkonen filled on Friday and keep the other four members of the rotation in line, or they could move Putkonen back to the bullpen and keep the rest of the rotation in line.
- Finally, here are a few links from Saturday’s game. Click here to read the game story. And click here to view Katie Rausch’s photo gallery from the game.