Here is pre-game and in-game information from the Mud Hens' game vs. Norfolk at Fifth Third Field on Tuesday, Aug. 13. Make sure to press “refresh” for updates throughout the contest.
Norfolk Tides (64-60) at Toledo Mud Hens (53-71)
First pitch: 7 p.m.
Radio: 1230 AM, WCWA. Click here to listen on the Internet.Gameday: Click here to follow the contest pitch-by-pitch.
NORFOLK: Leading off and playing in RF is Chris Dickerson, followed by Yamaico Navarro at SS, Jason Pridie at DH, Danny Valencia at 3B, Eric Thames in LF, Jonathan Schoop at 2B, Steve Clevenger at C, Alex Liddi at 1B, Xavier Avery in CF and RHP Josh Stinson as the starting pitcher.
MUD HENS: Leading off and playing 2B is Hernan Perez, followed by Jordan Lennerton at 1B, Mike Cervenak at DH, Danny Dorn in LF, Ben Guez in RF, Danny Worth at 3B, Kevin Russo in CF, Brad Davis at C, Argenis Diaz at SS and RHP Shawn Hill as the starting pitcher.
Mark Hendrickson pitches a 1-2-3 ninth to close out the game. Heading to the clubhouse ... thanks for following along!
Norfolk pulls away with a big inning off Hens reliever Jon Link. After a leadoff walk, Chris Dickerson hammered a home run to straight-away centerfield. Then Yamaico Navarro doubled and eventually scored on a double by Eric Thames. After a single by Jonathan Schoop, Steve Clevenger capped the rally with a three-run homer. Link gives up six earned runs in one inning and the Hens now trail 10-1.
The Mud Hens got a leadoff single by Hernan Perez and a one-out double by Mike Cervenak, Norfolk brought on reliever Mark Hendrickson and Hendrickson did the job, getting a strikeout and grounder back to the mound to end the inning. We move to the ninth with the Tides in front 4-1.
Mud Hens reliever Evan Reed gave up a one-out single to Jonathan Schoop, who took second on a wild pitch. But Reed didn't allow the run to score and Toledo comes to the plate looking to get back into a 4-1 game.
After a leadoff walk by Kevin Russo, Norfolk reliever Adam Russell got a strikeout and a double play groundout off the bat of Argenis Diaz to end the inning. The Tides leads 4-1 as we move to the eighth.
The Tides get a single -- on a bloop to left field that probably should have caught -- and Darin Downs walked the next batter to put runners on first and second with no one out. But Downs got back-to-back infield fly rule popouts and a groundout to first to get out of trouble.
Another quick inning for the Mud Hens, who are retired in 1-2-3 order by Josh Stinson on just 14 pitches. At 98 pitches for the game, Stinson's day may be over ... but it has been a pretty good day outside of that first-inning wildness. We move to the seventh with Norfolk in a 4-1 lead.
An error on a potential double-play ball allowed Norfolk to score another run. After a leadoff walk, Danny Valencia hit a tailor-made double-play grounder to shortstop. But Argenis Diaz mis-handled the grounder, and instead of getting two outs the Hens got none. That proved painful when Shawn Hill gave up a one-out RBI single to Jonathan Schoop. Reliever Darin Downs came on and got the final two outs of the inning, stranding a pair of runners, but Toledo now trails 4-1.
The Mud Hens got a two-out single by Jordan Lennerton, but strand Lennerton at first base. Norfolk will take a 3-1 lead into the sixth.
Norfolk takes the lead with a pair of runs thanks to three hits. A single, a double and an RBI single by Xavier Avery produced one run, and Chris Dickerson hit into a double play that scored the second run. The Tides now lead 3-1.
Danny Worth beats out a bunt for a single with one out, but Worth never moves past first as Stinson retires Toledo without further incident. We move to the fifth inning in a 1-1 game.
Another quick inning for Shawn Hill, who needed just eight pitches -- seven of which were strikes -- to retire Norfolk in 1-2-3 order. Hill has thrown just 53 pitches through four innings, which is a very manageable number.
Another quick 1-2-3 inning for Norfolk starter Josh Stinson. The bad news for the Hens: After forcing Stinson to throw 35 pitches in the first inning, he has thrown just 13 in the second and nine in the third and is at 57 pitches for the first three innings. That's a pretty good rebound after a bad start for Stinson. The game is still tied 1-1 as we move to the fourth.
The Tides tie the game with a little help from Shawn Hill, who walked Chris Dickerson with two outs, balked Dickerson to second, then gave up an RBI single to Yamaico Navarro. The game now is tied at 1-1.
Not only does Josh Stinson retire the Mud Hens in 1-2-3 order, he struck out all three Toledo batters he faced. The Hens take a 1-0 lead into the third inning.
A good second inning for Shawn Hill, who needed just 10 pitches -- nine of which were strikes -- to retire the Tides in 1-2-3 order.
The Mud Hens took advantage of the wildness of Norfolk starter Josh Stinson to score a run. With two outs and no one on, Stinson gave up a single to Mike Cervenak and then lost command of the strike zone, walking Danny Dorn and Ben Guez to load the bases before walking Danny Worth to force in a run. Stinson struck out Kevin Russo to leave the bases loaded, but Toledo takes a 1-0 lead into the second inning.
Mud Hens starter Shawn Hill found a little trouble in the first inning when Chris Dickerson hit a broken-bat single and Jason Pridie drew a one-out walk. But Hill got Danny Valencia to hit a grounder right to Danny Worth at third base, and Worth turned it into an inning-ending double play.
- First, an update on OF Nick Castellanos, who has not played since he was hit on the right forearm by a pitch from Indianapolis RHP Jameson Taillon Saturday. Castellanos is not in the lineup tonight; he was taking balls in the outfield but did not take batting practice before the game. Mud Hens manager Phil Nevin said that, barring a setback, he expected Castellanos to return to the lineup Wednesday.
- Second, 2B Hernan Perez has joined the Mud Hens and is starting at second base tonight. Nevin said that Perez will play second base nearly every day for Toledo, and is leading off so he can get extended at-bats at this level.
- The Mud Hens added a pair of catchers to the roster after losing C Bryan Holaday to Detroit. Ronny Paulino has switched clubhouses after traveling to Toledo from Norfolk. The Tigers purchased Paulino’s contract for cash considerations from Baltimore, Norfolk’s parent club, and sent him to Toledo. Also, C John Murrian was called up from Hi-A Lakeland to bring the Hens’ roster to 25 players.
- Holaday’s promotion from Toledo to Detroit was one of the reasons for the catching shake-up. The other is that C Brad Davis will be retiring following Wednesday’s game. Davis will start for the Mud Hens tonight and tomorrow, then retire and return to his family in California. I’ll have more about this in the game story in Wednesday’s Blade.