5.2.2012 "Hi, I'm Toledo. I like to ruin Pawtucket fans' dreams!"

Mud Hens win, 5-3.

Pawtucket starter Ross Ohlendorf was somewhat atypically in the weeds last night, pitching a paltry three innings but needing 73 pitches to do it. Of those 73 pitches, only 35 were for strikes, and Ohlendorf wound up tagged for five runs. First baseman Ryan Strieby scammed himself a home run off Ohlendorf in the first inning, too. Well done, RS.

Starting pitcher for Toledo was Doug Fister, who is rehabbing his intracostal whichamacallit. Fister pitched four innings and gave up zero point zero zero runs, which is so adorable.

But I should roll back a little and talk about runs scoring. Strieby got the Mud Hens on the board in the first with his two run homer to left. 2-0 Toledo. And in the bottom of the second, second baseman Justin Henry hit a two-run single. Justin Henry, burning down the house! The Mud Hens scored their fifth run in the third inning by way of a sac fly by catcher Omir Santos.

Pawtucket was pretty quiet for most of the game, but made kind of a ruckus in the fifth. Nate Spears hit a solo home run off reliever Austin Wood. Wood went on to give up a couple of singles before being replaced by Zach Miner. And Daniel Nava ran with it, tripling and bringing two runs in.

Toledo reliever Jose Ortega pitched the seventh and eighth and got the win. Chorye Spoone and Mark Melancon finished up the game for Pawtucket and allowed no further runs. Do it light, taking me through the night... Mark Melancon! (Sorry.)

how can i hold you when you ain't even mine:
1. "Facing Boston's Triple-A affiliate, the Pawtucket Red Sox, Fister nicely worked both sides of the plate in working four scoreless innings during his first — and perhaps only — injury rehabilitation start. He showed off an array of off-speed pitches, including a change-up and sinker in the low-80s, and a big, 12-to-6 curveball in the low- to mid-70s." (Detroit source)
2. "As the Hens keep scoring runs, here's a look at the list of dignitaries watching Doug Fister perform ... Tigers manager Jim Leyland, coaches Jeff Jones, Mike Rojas and Lloyd McClendon, minor-league director of player development Dave Owen, Tigers major-league scout Dick Egan and former Tigers pitcher Kenny Rogers." - Holy cow, a live blog! (from John Wagner's Coop Scoop)
3. Fister claims he is not worried about his velocity, which is fine because everyone else is worrying enough for him.

Sorry so short, it's a time thing. TONIGHT! Daisuke Matsuzaka? I don't know who to believe anymore. Mud Hens will use Thad Weber, also considered a demotee.

Okay, bye.

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