TOLEDO, OH -- The Toledo Mud Hens broke a 2-2 tie with two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and went on to beat the Charlotte Knights by a score of 4-2 on Thursday in the opening game of a four-game series from Toledo, Ohio. The two teams entered play on Thursday with identical 7-20 records. The Knights fell to 7-21 with the loss and have now lost seven-straight games.
Designated hitter Danny Dorn led off the bottom of the seventh inning with his fifth home run of the season, which proved to be all the Mud Hens would need to get past the Knights. The solo home run by Dorn – his fifth of the season, came off of Knights starter Zach Stewart (0-4, 4.66), who was charged with the game one loss. Stewart is still looking for his first win of the season and allowed four runs over seven innings on Thursday.
The Knights scored the game’s first run in the top of the first inning courtesy of a Josh Bell RBI single. Bell finished the game with two hits.
Charlotte’s 1-0 lead would not last long as the Mud Hens would get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second inning. Toledo scored two runs in the second frame, highlighted by a Brian Holaday RBI double.
The Knights tied the game up at 2-2 in the top of the fourth inning thanks to Blake Tekotte, who came through with an RBI double off of Toledo starter Casey Crosby.
Crosby allowed two runs over five innings and did not factor in the decision. Four Toledo relievers combined on three shutout innings. Matt Hoffman (1-1, 2.45) recorded one out in the seventh and ended up with the win. Reliever Bruce Rondon pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his fourth save of the season.
The two teams will continue their series with game two on Friday from Fifth Third Field. RHP Andre Rienzo will start for the Knights, while LHP Ramon Garcia will go for the Mud Hens. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m. on Friday evening.