Here is pre-game and in-game information from the Mud Hens' game vs. Rochester at Fifth Third Field on Wednesday, May 8. Make sure to press “refresh” for updates throughout the contest.
Rochester Red Wings (13-19) at Toledo Mud Hens (9-24)
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.
ROCHESTER: Leading off and playing 3B is Ray Olmedo, followed by Doug Bernier at SS, Chris Colabello at 1B, Evan Bigley in RF, Jeff Clement at DH, Joe Benson in CF, Nate Hanson in LF, Chris Herrmann at C, Eric Farris at 2B and RHP Kyle Gibson as the starting pitcher.
MUD HENS: Leading off and playing 3B is Argenis Diaz, followed by Quintin Berry in CF, Nick Castellanos in LF, Jordan Lennerton at 1B, Avisail Garcia in RF, Ramon Cabrera at DH, Bryan Holaday at C, Brandon Douglas at 2B, Gustavo Nunez at SS and LHP Ramon Garcia as the starting pitcher.
The Mud Hens did get a hit in the ninth, but Toledo is shut out by Kyle Gibson in a 3-0 loss. Heading to the clubhouse ... thanks for following along!
Toledo's Kenny Faulk comes out for a third inning and retires the Red Wings in order. Important effort for Faulk in that it allows the Mud Hens to get their bullpen back in order. But the Hens need some runs ... they trail 3-0 as we head to the bottom of the ninth.
Rochester's Kyle Gibson is rolling ... He again retired the Mud Hens in 1-2-3 order in the eighth. He has thrown 101 pitches, 61 for strikes, and has allowed just three hits and two walks while fanning seven in eight shutout innings. Strong effort by Gibson ... and it will be interesting to see if he comes out in the ninth to complete the shutout. We head to the ninth, and the Red Wings lead 3-0.
Rochester adds an insurance run off Kenny Faulk thanks to a leadoff triple by Eric Farris and a one-out sacrifice fly by Doug Bernier. Bernier's ball was well-struck; Avisail Garcia made a nice running catch heading towards the fence to get the out. The Red Wings now lead 3-0 as the Hens come to bat in the bottom of the eighth.
Rochester's Kyle Gibson again retires the Mud Hens, giving up a line single to Avisail Garcia but promptly erasing Garcia by getting Ramon Cabrera to bounce into a double play. The Mud Hens haven't hit the ball into the outfield since a single by Jordan Lennerton in the fourth, although that comes with a asterisk: Gibson had to knock down Garcia's screamer to keep it in the infield. Still Rochester 2-0 as we move to the eighth.
Kenny Faulk came on in relief of Garcia and retired the Red Wings in 1-2-3 order. Better, Faulk needed just 10 pitches to get through the inning. That probably sets up Faulk for a second inning of work, which would help the bullpen.
The Mud Hens again are retired in 1-2-3 order. Rochester starter Kyle Gibson now has set down eight in a row and 12 of the 13 batters he has faced. Gibson has thrown 82 pitches through six innings, so he can probably can go at least one more inning -- if not more. Still Rochester 2, Mud Hens 0.
Ramon Garcia got the first two outs in the sixth before giving up a walk, then got a groundout to end the inning. Garcia is at 99 pitches through six innings, so his day probably is finished.
Another 1-2-3 inning for the Mud Hens as Rochester starter Kyle Gibson now has retired nine of the last 10 batters he has faced. Gibson is at 69 pitches through five, so I would suspect (if he keeps that pace) he can cover at least two more innings. Red Wings lead 2-0 as we move to the sixth.
Ramon Garcia finds a spot of trouble when Chris Hermann skipped a triple past Quintin Berry in center with one out. But Garcia struck out by Eric Farris and Ray Olmedo to keep the score at 2-0 as the Mud Hens come to bat. Garcia has throw 82 pitches, so he may not go much longer.
The Mud Hens got a leadoff single by Jordan Lennerton, but Ramon Cabrera hit the ball back to the mound and Kyle Gibson turned it into a strong 1-6-3 double play. Gibson has thrown 57 pitches through four innings. Rochester remains in front by a 2-0 score as we move to the fifth.
Ramon Garcia retired the Wings in order in the fourth, and needed just 11 pitches to do it. Garcia now is at 64 pitches through four innings.
The Mud Hens are retired in 1-2-3 order, with Nick Castellanos striking out to end the inning. Rochester's Kyle Gibson threw just 12 pitches in that inning and now has 46 through three. The Red Wings lead 2-0 as we move to the fourth.
Rochester's Doug Bernier singled with one out, but Ramon Garcia got the next batter to hit into an inning-ending double play. Garcia threw 15 pitches that inning and now has 53 through three innings of work.
The Hens got a two-out single from Brandon Douglas, but that was it. Red Wings starter Kyle Gibson now has thrown 34 pitches through two innings ... meaning both pitchers are pretty much at the same point in terms of pitch count. While the pitching situation may have evened out, Rochester still leads 2-0.
Toledo starter Ramon Garcia sets down the Red Wings in 1-2-3 order. Even more important: Garcia got the job done in just 10 pitches, giving him 38 through two innings. That isn't a great pace, but it's an improvement. Still 2-0 Rochester as the Hens come to bat.
The Mud Hens drew a couple of walks from Rochester starter Kyle Gibson, but Avasail Garcia struck out with two on base to end the inning. Gibson threw 18 pitches in the first inning (only eight strikes), which not great but not terrible. The Wings lead 2-0 as we move to the second.
The Red Wings break on top with a pair of runs off Toledo starter Ramon Garcia. With one out Doug Bernier lined a double high off the wall in left, and with two outs Evan Bigley slammed a line drive just a little higher over the fence in left for a two-run homer. Worse news: Garcia threw 28 pitches to get through the first, split between 14 balls and 14 strikes. Rochester leads 2-0 as we head to the bottom of the first.
- Let’s start with an update on LHP Phil Coke. He last pitched on Monday, going one inning against Rochester. Manager Phil Nevin said Coke went through a fielding practice today and is experiencing no pain. If Coke continues in this manner, he will throw one inning in Thursday’s game, and the next step will be determined after that. The Tigers can take Coke off the disabled list Saturday.
- A quick note about the pitching situation after Tuesday's 16-inning game, which saw the Mud Hens use six relievers while the Red Wings used eight. For Rochester, the only relievers I would say are not available are Shairon Martis (who covered 3.2 innings) and Caleb Thielbar (who has pitched in each of the past two games).
- As for the Mud Hens, there are fewer options -- in part because the Red Wings have nine relievers, including a pitcher on a major-league rehab assignment, while Toledo has just seven relievers, although Coke gives them an eighth. It's certain that Jess Todd won't pitch today after throwing 4.2 innings, while Brayan Villarreal threw 30 pitches in two innings and probably is not available. Bruce Rondon is available, while Kenny Faulk (who threw just 10 pitches) and Matt Hoffman (who threw just 13 pitches) should be available as well. And Nevin said guys who threw fewer pitches in their two innings of work, namely Evan Reed (21 pitches) and Robbie Weinhardt (23 pitches) could be available on a limited basis.