Mud Hens 1 win away from clinching division after 8-7 win

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Sep. 16—Toledo's Aderlin Rodriguez made history during Wednesday's game against the Columbus Clippers at Fifth Third Field. Rodriguez's towering, go-ahead solo home run was his 200th as a Minor League Baseball player.

His 364-foot homer in the eighth inning was the deciding factor in Toledo's 8-7 win over Columbus.

The Mud Hens' magic number to clinch the Triple-A East Midwest Division is at one with four games left in the regular season. Toledo can win the division with a victory or a Storm Chasers loss.

What happened: In the sixth inning, Toledo broke up a three-run tie with an opposite-field single from Rodriguez. Riley Greene, who advanced to third on the base hit, scored on a fielding error by right fielder Oscar Gonzalez. Zack Short followed with a three-run homer en route to a four-run frame.

The Mud Hens failed to hold onto their four-run lead. In the seventh inning, Gabriel Arias sliced a two-run double. Daniel Johnson walked, which led to a game-tying home run from Gonzalez.

Isaac Paredes lined a three-run homer over the left-field wall with Daz Cameron and Spencer Torkelson on base. The first-inning home run was Paredes' 10th of the year.

Columbus left-handed pitcher Tanner Tully was tagged for three runs on five hits in four innings. He struck out six and walked one batter.

Lead off back-to-back walks in the fourth inning caused trouble for Mud Hens starter Nivaldo Rodriguez. Richie Palacios and Andruw Monasterio scored on a two-out double from Alex Call to tie the game at 3.

In the third inning, Arias plated Gavin Collins on a single up the middle. Nivaldo Rodriguez pitched four innings and allowed three runs on three walks and three hits. He struck out two batters in his third start of the season.

Mud Hens reliever Nolan Blackwood was the winning pitcher and advanced to 4-0, and Kevin Herget (7-4) took the loss for Columbus. Toledo reliever Angel De Jesus recorded his fourth save of the season.

Game MVP: Short was 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and two singles.

He said it: "We were fighting the whole game," Aderlin Rodriguez said. "We got the lead. They tied it up. And to be able to put us ahead, it was good."

Make note of it: With Cameron's first-inning single, he extended his hitting streak to five games.

Comings and goings: A slew of roster moves occurred since the last time the Mud Hens were home. Pitchers Drew Hutchison, Bryan Garcia, Ian Krol, Drew Carlton, and Jason Foley were promoted to Detroit, while Short was optioned to Toledo.

In response, Joe Navilhon, Henry Martinez, Josh Lester, and Brady Policelli were assigned to Toledo from Double-A Erie.

A look ahead: The Mud Hens will take the field against the Clippers in the third contest of the six-game series Thursday at 6:35 p.m. at Fifth Third Field. Toledo's Mark Leiter, Jr., (6-3) and Columbus' Adam Scott (0-0) are Thursday's probable pitchers.

First Published September 15, 2021, 10:11pm

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