Fans who braved the cold and rainy weather saw the Mud Hens battle back from an early 8-0 deficit only to fall short, 13-10.
RHP Scot Drucker (1-1, 4.70 ERA) started but did not make it out of the fifth inning. The right-hander had allowed just one run in five innings in a previous outing this season at Indianapolis, but he was not nearly as effective this outing. He was lit up for seven runs in 4.1 innings as he took the loss.
Tom Gorzelanny (1-0, 4.86 ERA) started for the Tribe and kept the Hens off the board through five. He had at one point had retired 11 straight batters before a double by 2B Danny Worth gave the Hens some life in the sixth. Two straight walks loaded the bases for 3B Mike Hessman, who connected for his third HR and 13th RBIs of the season and cut the Hens' deficit in half, 8-4.
Indianapolis added three runs in the seventh of LHP Fu-Te Ni and two in the ninth off RHP Scott Williamson for their final tally of 13.
CF Clete Thomas had an RBI double in the eighth and C Dusty Ryan hit a 3-run HR in the same frame for his first HR and RBI of the season.
SS Brent Dlugach had a three-hit day, including a 2-out, 2-RBI double in the ninth. Thomas then singled to cut the deficit to 13-10, but RHP Denny Bautista came in for Indianapolis and with the winning run at the plate forced a foul out to end the game and pick up his first save of the season.
RHP Joel Zumaya, in the middle of a rehab appearance with Toledo, pitched the eighth and retired the side in order. He struck out both Andrew McCutchen and Brian Bixler, who had previously reached base a combined seven of eight times (four hits, three walks).
McCutchen finished 3-4 for a walk, and just the double shy of the cycle. His solo shot in the first inning marked the second time as an Indian he led off the game with a home run.
-The start of the game was delayed 17 minutes due to rain.
-The 13 runs allowed were the most runs the Hens had given up in a game this season.
-1B Ryan Roberson extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single in the second inning. Roberson finished the game 2-3 with two walks; it was his second multi-hit game of the season. He is currently batting .326 (14-43).
-Up Next: The Hens continue their first extended home stand of the season as they take on the Indianapolis Indians on Wednesday. First pitch is at 6:30 p.m. between IND RHP Daniel McCutchen (0-1, 2.45) at TOL RHP Ron Chiavacci (0-1, 1.69). Tickets are available for the first place Mud Hens. You can also listen to the game live with play-by-play announcer Jim Weber on Fox Sports Radio 1230, WCWA.
--Craig Vanderkam, Toledo Mud Hens