Here is pre-game and in-game information from the Mud Hens' game vs. Charlotte at Fifth Third Field on Sunday, May 5. Make sure to press “refresh” for updates throughout the contest.
Charlotte Knights (9-21) at Toledo Mud Hens (8-22)
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.
CHARLOTTE: Leading off and playing CF is Blake Tekotte, followed by Carlos Sanchez at 2B, Brent Morel at 3B, Seth Loman at 1B, Josh Bell at DH, Bryan Anderson at C, Jim Gallagher in RF, Drew Garcia at SS, Luis Durango in LF and RHP Jason Berken as the starting pitcher.
MUD HENS: Leading off and playing SS is Gustavo Nunez, followed by Ramon Cabrera at DH, Nick Castellanos in LF, Jordan Lennerton at 1B, Ben Guez in CF, Danny Dorn in RF, Brad Davis at C, Kevin Russo at 2B, Argenis Diaz at 3B and RHP Shawn Hill as the starting pitcher.
Toledo got a one-out walk to Jordan Lennerton but did not score. Danny Dorn hit a hot shot back up the middle, but it went off the glove of Charlotte's Jhan Carlos Marinez right to the second baseman for a 1-4-3 game-ending groundout. Mud Hens lose 4-1.
The Knights get that run right back as Shawn Hill gives up a two-run homer to Jim Gallagher with two outs in the inning. Hill also hit a batter but got the final out of the inning. Solid effort by Hill, but Toledo needs to score at least three runs to tie the game and help take Hill off the hook.
The Mud Hens break through for a run ... but have another runner thrown out at the plate to end the inning. Toledo strung together singles by Brad Davis and Argenis Diaz and a bunt single by Gustavo Nunez to load the bases with two outs, and Ramon Cabrera lined a single to center. Davis scored easily, but Diaz was thrown out at the plate on a strong throw by Charlotte's Blake Tekotte in center. We head to the ninth with the Knights leading 3-1.
Again Shawn Hill allows a baserunner, with a leadoff single, but again he also quickly got a double play to erase the runner. Hill has thrown 93 pitches, 63 for strikes, in eight strong innings. But the Mud Hens have to find some offense, and time is running out.
Nice at-bat by Ramon Cabrera to start the inning in drawing an eight-pitch walk. It contributed to an 18-pitch inning for Jason Berken, but Cabrera never moved off first base. We've only played 90 minutes as we move to the eighth, and Charlotte leads 3-0.
Charlotte may have broken the game open with two runs in this inning. Shawn Hill gave up a single and a one-out walk before Drew Garcia lined a ball down the left-field line that rattled into the corner, allowing both baserunners to score. Hill stranded Garcia on third base, but the damage may be done, considering the struggles of the Toledo offense today. We move to the seventh-inning stretch with the Hens trailing 3-0.
Stop me if you've heard this one before. Jason Berken retired the Hens in 1-2-3 order on just 10 pitches. He's at 60 pitches through six, carrying a one-hitter. Charlotte 1, Mud Hens 0 as we move to the seventh.
Even though Shawn Hill gave up a one-out single, he needed just five pitches to retire the Knights without incident. He also helped himself by covering first base on a sharp 3-6-1 double play. Hill is at 68 pitches through six, which is a very good pace.
Good news: The Mud Hens generated a hit thanks to Jordan Lennerton, who led off with a single. Lennerton then moved to second on a wild pitch, but the next three batters were retired quickly -- it took just 10 pitches for the entire inning. We move to the sixth and Charlotte still leads 1-0.
Another quick inning for Shawn Hill, who needed just seven pitches to retire the Knights on just seven pitches. Hill now has thrown 63 pitches through five innings, so he's back on track for a more innings. But the Hens still need to start generating some offense.
Another quick inning for Charlotte's Jason Berken, who retired the Mud Hens in order on just 10 pitches. The only Mud Hens baserunner reached on a walk (GET THE HINT?), and Berken has needed just 40 pitches through four innings. The Knights lead 1-0 as we move to the fifth.
Just what the doctor ordered for Shawn Hill in the fourth: A 1-2-3 inning that took just seven pitches. Now Hill is at 56 pitches through four innings, and that's a better pace to pitch deeper into the game.
The Mud Hens offensive struggles continue as they were retired 1-2-3. What's more, Charlotte starter Jason Berken threw just nine pitches, all strikes, to set down the Hens in order. Through three innings, Berken has needed just 30 pitches ... if he continues that pace, he could cover all nine. We head to the fourth with the Knights leading 1-0.
Toledo's Shawn Hill found more trouble in the third, but this time he was able to pitch around it. With one out he gave up back-to-back singles, but he got a fielder's choice for the second out and a flyout to end the inning. The only bad news to this point is that Hill has thrown 49 pitches through the first three innings, which is a pace to see him only cover six innings, putting a little extra pressure on the bullpen.
The Mud Hens saw a potential rally blunted by a baserunning mistake. With one out Charlotte's Jason Berken walked Ben Guez on four straight pitches. The next batter, Danny Dorn, hit a soft liner to shortstop, but Guez was tardy in returning to first base and was doubled off to end the inning. The Knights lead 1-0 as we head to the third.
Shawn Hill got into trouble, nearly escaped, but eventually allowed a run. Hill gave up a leadoff double to Seth Loman, then threw a wild pitch to put a runner on third base with nobody out. The Hens kept the infield back (too early to try and throw the runner out at first with no one out), but Loman didn't try to score on a grounder to first base. A soft lineout gave Hill a second out, but Jim Gallagher lined a single through the hole at shortstop to score the run. The Knights lead 1-0 as Toledo comes to bat in the second.
Charlotte starter Jason Berken also mowed down the Mud Hens in the first, throwing all eight of his pitches in the inning for strikes. He struck out the first two batters Gustavo Nunez and Ramon Cabrera) on just six pitches. No score as we head to the second.
Toledo starter Shawn Hill retired the Knights in order in the first inning, taking just 10 pitches (seven strikes to do so).
- As you probably noticed, Avisail Garcia was taken out of the lineup in favor of Ben Guez. Garcia was part of a collision in right field on Friday night and did not play Saturday. Garcia wanted to play today but was not 100 percent (although he is close), so manager Phil Nevin will err on the side of caution and sit him for another day.
This doesn't seem to be a serious injury. In fact, Garcia was working in the outfield prior to the game, tracking fly balls in left field along with Nick Castellanos. If he is well enough to do that, I would guess he is very close to returning to the lineup.
- I won't bore you with what seems to be a daily update on Danny Worth and Pat Misch. Suffice it to say neither one will be returning in the immediate future.
- The news is good for Tigers LHP Phil Coke, who is with the Mud Hens again today. Coke, who is recovering from a groin injury, has been working out in Toledo since Detroit went on the road. He threw a bullpen session Saturday and said that he would throw a brief side session before today's game. If he didn't have any problems, Coke will throw an inning for the Mud Hens on a rehab assignment on Monday.
- Quintin Berry continues to be day-to-day after he was hit by a pitch just above the right arm in Friday's game. The fact that Berry has not been placed on the disabled list speaks to the fact that the Hens that he will return to action soon.
POST-GAME UPDATE: Coke will indeed begin a rehab assignment with the Mud Hens by pitching one inning in the team's game against Rochester Monday starting at 6:30 p.m.