The Toledo Mud Hens (11-5) defeated the Columbus Clippers (8-9) Wednesday night 5-3. Toledo moves to 2-0 vs Columbus in their first series of the season between the Ohio rivals.
Toledo’s starting pitcher Reese Olson struggled right out of the gate. He took the mound in the bottom of the first from a 1-0 lead from an Andre Lipcius RBI single in the top half of the frame, but allowed five of the first six Clippers to reach base. After an RBI groundout from Daniel Schneemann, Olson was removed from the game having recorded just two outs and given up three runs. Kervin Castro replaced him and was able to escape the jam with no further damage.
The Mud Hens bullpen dominated the rest of the game. Kervin Castro pitched 2.1 stellar innings, striking out four while allowing zero Clippers to reach base. Will Vest was responsible for the fourth and fifth innings, and he struck out three while allowing just one hit. Aneurys Zabala pitched the sixth and seventh innings, walking three but not allowing a hit. Miguel Diaz pitched the final two innings, striking out two and giving up one hit. After Olson’s shaky start, the Hens bullpen pitched 8.1 innings, gave up two hits, walked three, and struck out nine.