Mud Hens Opening Day double-header

April 13, 2011 9:00:00 PM PDT
Fifth Third Field was a happening place Thursday night. The Mud Hens were in action at home for the first time this season and they were serving up not one, but two games for the fans. It's always a sign that spring is here when the boys of summer take the field for the first time. Toledo became the first pro baseball team ever to open their season at home playing a scheduled double-header. Fans got two games for the price of one.

At the top of the third inning in game one, there was no score until Grady Sizemore made a rehab start for the Indians drilling a solo homer to right field. It became one nothing Columbus. Down to the final out in the seventh, Omir Santos struck out to end the game. Despite out hitting the Clippers 8 to 3, the Mud Hens fell short on the scoreboard in game one. Final score: 1 nothing Columbus

In game two, the Hens tried to avoid the sweep. In the second inning, the game tied at one. John Murrian with a single down the left field line was deflected. Clay Timpner then scores making it 2-1 Hens.

But Columbus came back in the fourth. Luis Valbuena hit a double to right center field. Chad Huffman and Jordan Brown score and the Clippers run away with it in the seventh inning plating three runs. Columbus sweeps the Mud Hens winning both games. Final score for game 2: 7 to 3 Columbus.

So the Mud Hens lost both games to open the 2011 season at Fifth Third Field, but not to worry, there's 5 more months of baseball left.

But nevermind the scores! With a sunny day and a double-header, you can bet baseball fans were not disappointed. More than 12,000 fans turned out to watch the games.

Here's to the Hens where the home opener is a party, especially when it's your birthday. Amy Eastman hit Fifth Third Field with her dad, who's known as "Toledo Ray". "Whenever I go out of town, I wear Toledo Stuff," explains Toledo Ray Boyer.

This is the tenth home opener at Fifth Third Field. "I've been here 10 years now," says Erven Brieschke. Erin is 86 and is a season ticket holder from Riga, Michigan. "I get on a bus in Sylvania, Ohio. Sylvania. I come down here for a buck. Can't beat it," says Ervin.

Two games and two losses, but the good news is there's always tomorrow. Game three of the Hens home season is tomorrow night at 7:00.

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