COLUMBUS After being shut out for the first time in more than a month, Toledo again found offense in the hot bat of center fielder Dewayne Wise last night in Cooper Stadium.
Wise hit a first-inning, two-run home run off the scoreboard in right-center field as the Mud Hens spoiled the second minor league rehab assignment for Columbus pitcher Chien-Ming Wang with a 4-2 victory.
Marcus Thames also homered for Toledo as it won for the fifth time in six games to improve to 88-54.
Even though we already clinched, winning s fun and we just want to try to carry it on over into the playoffs, Wise said. I ve been having some good at-bats. The hits have started to fall.
Shortstop Don Kelly led off the game with a single and reached second when Wang s pickoff throw went into the dugout. Wise followed with his fourth home run since Aug. 1 and his eighth overall.
Wise went 0-for-3 in a 5-0 loss to the Clippers on Friday but bounced back to go 3-for-5 and has been hitting better than .350 over the last 14 games.
The Clippers cut it to 2-1 in the second when Ryan Hankins hit a solo home run, but Thames solo shot in the third made it 3-1.
Mud Hens starter Joel Zumaya, who struck out nine before leaving after four innings, will start the Mud Hens second playoff game and was on a pitch count. He was relieved in the fifth by Mark Woodyard, who then pitched 21/3 scoreless innings before loading the bases in the seventh. John Ennis got Toledo out of a jam, however, as Joe Thurston grounded out and Kevin Jones struck out.
Woodyard improved to 5-2 while Jason Karnuth pitched a scoreless ninth for his 23rd save.
We should have scored a lot more runs tonight, but they should have, too, Hens manager Larry Parrish said.
Guidelines: Please keep your comments smart and civil. Don't attack other readers personally, and keep your language decent. Comments that violate these standards, or our privacy statement or visitor's agreement, are subject to being removed and commenters are subject to being banned. To post comments, you must be a registered user on toledoblade.com. To find out more, please visit the FAQ.