Mud Hens edge G-Braves 3-2

The Toledo Mud Hens defeated the Gwinnett Braves 3-2 on Friday night at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio.

The Mud Hens (56-57) scored twice in the bottom of the eighth inning to win its second-straight against the G-Braves (63-50).

Gwinnett held a 2-1 lead heading into the bottom of eighth when Toledo took advantage of a throwing error from G-Braves third baseman Van Pope. The errant throw allowed Scott Sizemore to score, tying the game 2-2. The next batter, Brent Dlugach, also took advantage of the extra out by hitting a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Mike Hessman and gave the Mud Hens the 3-2 advantage.

Hessman got the Hens on the board in the sixth inning with his 15th home run of the season. The solo shot tied the game at one.

Gwinnett starter Jo-Jo Reyes allowed just one earned run in five innings. Reyes was eligible for the win but ended up with a no-decision and remains at 2-1 but with a lower 3.03 ERA.

G-Braves reliever Mariano Gomez, who allowed the go-ahead run to reach base, was charged with his fourth loss of the season. Gomez is now 7-4 with a 1.97 ERA.

Luis Valdez, who allowed an inherited runner to score, was charged with his seventh blown save of the season.

Brian Barton was 2-for-4 to lead the G-Braves' offense. Barton was the only G-Brave to drive in a run on Friday. Gwinnett collected just five hits in the game and stranded seven runners on base.

Clay Rapada, who retired the final batter in the eighth inning and the first batter in the ninth was credited with his third win of the season. Rapada is now 3-2 with a 2.61 ERA. Toledo starter Ruddy Lugo held Gwinnett to just one unearned run in six innings in the no-decision start.

Gwinnett and Toledo will play the third game in the four-game series today. The G-Braves will send RHP James Parr (0-1, 5.47 ERA) who will battle Mud Hens' southpaw Nate Robertson (0-0, 3.38 ERA).