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The Toledo Mud Hens (25-23) won the intense second matchup against the Columbus Clippers’ (29-21) home series on Wednesday night that ended in extra innings, scoring 5-4. The windy and rainy weather was not in favor of the pitchers, as LHP Adam Scott started on the mound for Columbus taking on Toledo’s RHP Nivaldo Rodriguez. 

The rain didn’t stop the Clippers from putting up a tough fight, with a game-changing play by Will Benson in the bottom of the eighth inning. He knocked one straight down the center field gap as outfielder Jack Lopez nearly caught the ball. Benson doubled on the line drive allowing Bryan Lavastida and Jose Fermin to score to tie the score at four apiece. 

As the teams headed into extra innings, the Mud Hens were in jeopardy with two outs. Brendon Davis stepped up to the plate and kept the game alive for Toledo with a rocket shot line drive to center fielder Will Brennan. Jacob Robson started the inning at second base, and scored the tie-breaking run from Davis’ hit to put the Mud Hens back in the lead. 

The bottom of the tenth inning was crucial for the Clippers in an effort to be back on top, and Bryan Lavastida helped with a groundout that moved David Fry to third base. While there was hope, the team fell short with two groundouts and a strikeout in the inning. Mitchell Tolman grounded out too close to first baseman Josh Lester who got him out. All hope was on Trenton Brooks who doubled and walked twice.  With the make-or-break play, Brooks got struck out by RHP Derek Law. 

Hens and Homers Duo

Toledo’s Trace Thompson hit two homers this game in the second and sixth inning that put the Mud Hens in the lead 3-2. With his mammoth day at the plate, Thompson doubled his home run total for the season. Thompson’s were not the only homers, Zack Short knocked one out of the park on a line drive to left field. 

Leadoff man leads the Clippers

Will Benson had a heck of a start in the series against the Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, making crucial plays in both matchups. In their previous game on Memorial Day, Benson capped the scoring for the game with a two-run shot in the eighth inning giving the Clippers a definite win over the Mud Hens nine to one. 

In Wednesday’s game, Benson had the same effect as he broke Toledo’s 4-2 streak after Columbus went scoreless since the fourth inning. His RBI double in the game marked his 20th of the season.  The outfielder averaged .386 OBP, and two TB for the game. Benson has 37 hits in the 2022 season. 

Call on Call

Right fielder Alex Call was active early in this game helping Columbus take the lead in early innings. He completed a running catch into the wall to send Ryan Lavarnway back into the dugout with a popout. A few plays later, he did it again with a second catch. Toledo’s Davis flew out to Call in foul territory for out number two. Call completed put-outs in the first two innings. 

On the other side of the plate, Alex Call hit a sacrifice fly deep into right field, allowing Tyler Freeman to score and Will Brennan made it to third giving Columbus their first run of the night in the bottom of the first.  Call later singled on a line drive in the fifth inning advancing Will Brennen to second. Right after, Bobby Bradley made it to first with a soft line drive to shortstop, moving Call to second. Brennan was thrown out at home trying to score on the hit.

Since Oscar Gonzalez was recently promoted to the Cleveland, Call has been hitting cleanup due to Gonzalez’s absence and has had some big hits all season long.

The Clippers continue their series with the Mud Hens with their third game set for tomorrow at 7:05. 

Velocity 

LHP Adam Scott

1st Inning: 92, 92, 91,92, 80, 93, 84, 92, 91

2nd Inning: 91, 91, 91, 92, 84, 92, 84, 92, 83, 92, 93

3rd Inning:  91, 92, 80, 84, 83, 92, 93, 92, 91, 90, 91, 90, 85, 90, 86, 81, 84, 92, 79, 85, 91, 85, 91, 92, 92, 85

4th Inning: 83, 90, 89, 89, 92, 91, 81

5th Inning: 84, 84, 80, 89, 91, 92, 80, 83, 93, 90

6th Inning: 91, 84, 85, 84, 84, 82, 83, 91, 90, 84, 81, 80

RHP James KarinChack

7th Inning: 96, 97, 96, 96, 95, 80, 96, 81, 90, 95, 94, 95, 95, 95, 95, 95, 94

LHP Alex Young

7th Inning: 93, 82, 93, 84, 85, 82, 86

RHP Yohan Ramirez

8th Inning: 95, 94, 95, 95, 94, 95, 95, 95, 95, 94, 94

RHP Nick Mikolajhack

9th Inning: 79, 93, 86, 88, 80, 80, 92, 87, 93, 94, 84

RHP Anthony Castro

10th Inning: 93, 95, 87, 86, 85, 96, 85, 97, 86, 95, 95, 95, 95, 99 , 87, 96, 86, 95, 85, 85, 86, 84, 94, 85

LHP Eli Lingos

10th Inning: 82, 78, 79, 88, 79

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