INDIANAPOLIS - The Toledo Mud Hens are still looking for their first win of the season, despite a good outing by their pitching staff last night in a 3-1 loss to the Indianapolis Indians.
Hens starter Adam Pettyjohn gave up three runs over four innings, and the Toledo relief staff held the Indians scoreless the rest of the way. But the top four hitters in the Hens' lineup were a combined 0-for-15.
“Overall (Pettyjohn) did a nice job,” said Toledo manager Bruce Fields. “He threw the ball good enough to win. We just didn't swing the bats tonight.”
Pettyjohn first ran into trouble in the second inning, but got out of a bases-loaded, two-out jam by inducing a fly ball from Marcos Scutaro.
In the next inning, Pettyjohn gave up singles to the first two hitters, then an RBI double by Mike Coolbaugh off the top of the fence.
Brian Lesher followed with a two-run single to center, but Pettyjohn got a fly ball and a double play grounder to end the inning.
“They did a good job of wasting some good pitches,” said Pettyjohn. “I probably should have thrown a few more changeups, especially to the righties.
“The two-run single was a little flare, but you've got to give them credit - they were swinging early and swinging often.”
On the other side of the ledger the Hens could manage only four hits for the night. Indianapolis starter Allen Leverault struck out five and walked none over seven innings.
The Hens threatened in the third when Kurt Bierek singled with one out. Giomar Guevara then doubled Bierek to third. Pedro Santana then hit a fly ball to right that appeared to be deep enough to score the run, but right fielder Micah Franklin made a perfect throw to home to get Bierek and end the threat.
“Early in the game, you take that chance and make him make a perfect throw,” said Fields. “And that's what he did. But I'll take that chance most of the time. Bierek is not a slow runner, that guy just made a perfect throw.”
Toledo scratched out its only run in the fifth. Designated hitter Dusty Allen led off with a single and scored on a Carlos Mendez double to left.
Although the top two hitters in the lineup have been on base only once between them so far, Fields isn't overly concerned.
“It's good when your table-setters get on base. Pedro (Santana) is trying to do too much. This is his first time in Triple-A, and when he calms down and gets into the flow, he'll be fine.
“Jermaine's (Allensworth) got major league experience. He knows what it takes. We've just got to get our leadoff guys on base a little bit more.”
The series continues this evening in Indianapolis with Toledo's Shane Loux facing the Indians' Carlos Chantres.
NOTES: The Mud Hens released pitcher David Darwin yesterday. The 27-year-old lefty, who had been on the disabled list with a groin injury, went 1-6 with a 5.85 ERA in 24 appearances with the Hens last season.