TOLEDO-- LHP Dontrelle Willis took the hill for the Mud Hens on Monday night, but he only went one inning. Willis gave up one run - an RBI single by Barbaro Canizares. The inning did feature one crazy defensive play - a 4-6-2 groundout. A blooper down the right field line was picked up by Max Leon, and Leon fired to second to prevent Brent Lillibridge from advancing - but he hadn't reached first base yet. Erick Almonte threw to Dusty Ryan as Ryan beat out Lillibridge to first for the groundout.
The Mud Hens took the lead in the bottom of the second. Leon drove in Kody Kirkland on a single to right, and Freddy Guzman followed with a single to center to score Leon. This put the Hens up 2-1 after two.
RHP Matt Rusch served as Willis' replacement for Toledo. Rusch went 5.0 innings and gave up only one hit while striking out four. The five innings pitched for Rusch was his longest outing of the season - his previous high was 3.0 innings.
The Hens had a 3-1 lead going into the top of the ninth. LHP Clay Rapada came in to pitch in the ninth for the Hens. With one out and no runners on, Scott Thorman brought the Braves within one with a shot over the right field wall.
The Hens held on as the final was 3-2 in favor of Toledo. Rusch improved to 3-0 and Rapada picked up his second save of the season.
Stealing Records -- As a team, the Hens had three stolen bases on the night. The season total is now 148, which breaks the previous team record of 145 set in 1994.
Home Losing Streak Snapped -- Going into Monday night, the Hens were on a four game home losing streak. With the 3-2 win over Norfolk, the streak is snapped and prevents the Hens from tying the Toledo high of a five game home losing streak from June 28 - July 6.