LOUISVILLE — The Toledo Mud Hens fell to the Louisville Bats Saturday night 2-1 in a pitchers' duel in front of 8,968 at Louisville Slugger Field.
Left fielder Clay Timpner was 1-for-4 and had the Hens only RBI of the night.
Left-handed starting pitcher Charlie Furbush (0-1) was saddled with the loss after tossing 5 1/3 innings while allowing just two earned runs.
Furbush battled a bit of wildness in the first inning and allowed the Bats' their only two runs of the game, scoring via a wild pitch and a RBI double, respectively.
Toledo cut the Louisville lead to one as Timpner laced a two-out single to score third baseman Danny Worth.
The Hens threatened to tie the game with second baseman Argenis Diaz moving to third on Timpners single, but shortstop Cale Iorg's strikeout ended the inning.
A ninth inning double by right fielder Andy Dirks was followed by a strikeout by designated hitter Ryan Strieby. Dirks — who has a hit in all three games this season and is currently 6-for-13 on the year — advanced to third on a fielder's choice by first baseman Scott Thorman.
Worth worked a two-out walk, but center fielder Clete Thomas popped out to end the game.
The Mud Hens were 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
The Hens bullpen was solid as Matt Hoffman, Brendan Wise, and Al Alburquerque worked 2 2/3 innings combined, striking out three and they did not allow a run to score.
The Mud Hens and the Louisville Bats end their four game series Sunday with a 2:05 p.m. contest.
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