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The grounds crew brings out the tarp The grounds crew brings out the tarp at the start of a fourth-inning rain delay Friday night at Fifth Third Field.  That game will resume today at 5:30 p.m. with a seven-inning game to follow.
The grounds crew brings out the tarp at the start of a fourth-inning rain delay Friday night at Fifth Third Field. That game will resume today at 5:30 p.m. with a seven-inning game to follow.
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Published: Saturday, 8/11/2012 - Updated: 2 years ago

Rain delays Mud Hens

Toledo, Durham to complete 1st game, play 2nd

BY DONALD EMMONS
BLADE SPORTS WRITER

Toledo will play a doubleheader against the Durham Bulls today at Fifth Third Field thanks to Friday night's heavy rainfall.

The Mud Hens couldn't complete the series opener after heavy rains forced the stoppage of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning with the score tied 1-1.

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After a nearly two-hour rain delay, a decision was made to resume the incomplete contest today at 5:30 p.m. The second game will start 20 minutes after the completion of the first and will be only seven innings.

Toledo's Danny Worth was at-bat with two out and the bases loaded when the home plate umpire stopped the game. Worth, who singled an inning earlier, faced a 1-2 count.

"It's a difficult situation for Danny to have to start his at-bat like that tomorrow," Mud Hens manager Phil Nevin said.

The Bulls (57-63) took an early lead in the first inning when Leslie Anderson singled through the infield with two on base. Tim Beckham, who led off the game with a base hit off Mud Hens right-hander Brooks Brown, scored easily from second base on Anderson's hit.

Toledo shortstop Audy Ciriaco hits a single during the second inning against the Durham Bulls. Toledo shortstop Audy Ciriaco hits a single during the second inning against the Durham Bulls.
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However, Brown settled in and didn't give up another run the next three innings.

"He was erratic in the zone in the first inning, but I thought he pitched the ball good the last three innings," Nevin said of Brooks.

The Mud Hens tied the score in the fourth when Brad Davis tagged a run-scoring base hit to center off Durham lefty Cesar Ramos. Danny Dorn, who led off the inning with a base hit, scored on Davis' single.

The Mud Hens received some immediate benefits from the addition of outfielder Don Kelly to the Toledo roster.

Kelly, outrighted to Toledo (46-74) from Detroit earlier in the day, batted eighth and recorded a walk and a single his first trips to the plate.

Kelly's base hit came during the fourth inning, which played part in the Mud Hens eventually tying the score.

However, Kelly's best effort early came with his glove at third base when he snared a hard grounder down the third-base line and turned it into a double play. He tagged a Bulls baserunner trying to get back to third base before firing over to first base for the second out.

"He's just a real professional," Nevin said, of Kelly. "That was a heck of a play he made from third base and throwing to first."

In the fourth, Toledo appeared to be on the brink of taking the lead after tying the score and Ramos walking Jerad Head to load the bases with two out. However, with Worth at-bat a light drizzle turned into a steady downpour, leading to the umpire stopping play.

Toledo native Jamie Farr stood prominently in the activities at Fifth Third Field on Friday.

Farr, who is in his hometown for the 27th Jamie Farr Toledo Classic at Highland Meadows Golf Club, attended the Mud Hens game against the Bulls on Jamie Farr bobblehead giveaway night. Fans entering the ballpark received a bobblehead designed in the actor's likeness.

Farr was expected to throw out the game's first pitch, but he passed on attempting a toss to home plate from the pitcher's mound. Instead, he flipped the baseball over to LPGA golfer Brittany Lincicome, who was among a couple of individuals to accompany him to the mound.

Lincicome, who is participating in the LPGA tournament, delivered a strike over the plate.

Contact Donald Emmons at: demmons@theblade.com, 419-724-6302 or on Twitter @DemmonsBlade



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