SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Taylor Hill completely baffled the Hens, spinning a complete game 1-0 shutout as Toledo fell for the second straight game to the Syracuse Chiefs.
Hill, who improved to 4-1 with a 1.82 ERA, surrendered only three singles in his first career shutout. At one point, he retired 17 straight Hens.
That streak ended in the ninth, when Toledo mounted its biggest threat of the game. After Marcus Lemon led off the inning by striking out, Daniel Fields reached on an error by shortstop Emmanuel Burriss. A Hernan Perez grounder forced Fields at second, but Jordan Lennerton then worked Hill for his lone walk of the afternoon to push the tying run to second base and bring up Mike Hessman, who had homered in back-to-back games.
But the Chiefs’ right-hander blew a fastball by Hessman for his fifth strikeout to end the threat and the game.
Syracuse (14-15) scored the only run of the contest in the bottom of the seventh inning when catcher Jhonatan Solano took the second pitch from left-hander Mike Belfiore (1-2) over the fence in right field to give the Chiefs a 1-0 lead. The home run was Solano's team-leading fourth of the year.
The 1-0 lead would be all the Chiefs would need as Hill was dominant, throwing only 102 pitches.
Fields was the only Hen with any success against Hill. The Toledo center fielder led off the game with a single, then picked up a second hit in the third inning. Brandon Douglas notched the Hens’ other hit with a single in the third.
Toledo starter Blaine Hardy was nearly as effective as Hill. He set down the first six Chiefs and only surrendered one hit and a walk before leaving with one out in the fifth.
The Mud Hens (11-19) continue their eight game road trip today at 7:05 p.m. when they open up a four-game set in Pawtucket.