DES MOINES, Iowa – With a win in last night’s performance, the Toledo Mud Hens clinched a guaranteed series split with the Iowa Cubs. A victory today for the Mud Hens would clinch their second series win over the Iowa Cubs, this season. LHP Daniel Norris took the mound, looking to lead the Mud Hens to two games over .500.
It did not take the Mud Hens long to get the bats going, as they struck first with four runs to begin the ballgame. In the first inning, Zack Short would lead off with a single, followed by an infield hit by Ryan Kreidler. With one out, Spencer Torkelsonwould walk. With the bases loaded, Kerry Carpenter would drive in Short with a sacrifice fly to center field. Brendon Daviswould single to left, scoring Ryan Kreidler. Then, John Valente would his fourth double of the year to score Torkelsonand Davis, giving the Mud Hens a 4-0 lead to start the game.
The Mud Hens would have another four-run inning in the second, but this time all the runs driven in came off one swing of the bat. After a couple of singles by Jack Lopez and Zack Short (who singled in the first), and an intentional walk to Josh Lester, Kerry Carpenter would hit a grand slam to left. His opposite field homer gives him 30 on the year in the MiLB (8th in Toledo). The Mud Hens led 8-0 after the first two innings.