Artie Lewicki and two Toledo relievers combined on a three-hit shutout Wednesday and the Mud Hens struck early against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre starter Josh Rogers as the Mud Hens avoided a series sweep with a 3-0 victory over the RailRiders.
Tyler Austin went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles for the RailRiders and Shane Robinson also doubled for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s only other hit.
Lewicki allowed one hit and struck out four batters over 4 2/3 innings, but left an out shy of getting the victory.
Victor Alcantara relieved him and improved to 5-2 with 2 /3 innings of one-hit ball. Zac Houston polished off the shutout by allowing one hit over the final two innings to earn his fourth save, while striking out five of the six outs he recorded.
The Mud Hens got off to a fast start against Rogers at Fifth Third Field, as rehabbing Detroit Tigers outfielder Leonys Martin doubled from his designated hitter spot to start the game and moved to third on Jacob Robson’s bunt single.
Dixon Machado followed with a double that drove them both home as Toledo shot out to a 2-0 lead.
The Mud Hens made it 3-0 in the second inning when Mike Gerber drew one of two walks in the inning and eventually scored on a fielder’s choice.
After walking two batters to open the second, Rogers retired 12 consecutive Mud Hens and 15 of the final 16 he faced while allowing three hits and three runs with five strikeouts over six innings.
J.P. Feyereisen pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth for the RailRiders, allowing one hit while striking out five and lowering his ERA to 1.57.
The RailRiders surrendered just one more hit after Toledo began the game with a double, bunt single and double, but never recovered from the initial damage.
Erik Swanson will take the mound when the RailRiders move to Huntington Park to open a four-game series against Columbus at 7:05 p.m. Thursday.
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