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Toledo Mud Hens manager Larry Parrish. BLADE
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — The Mud Hens had no trouble swinging the bats on Thursday night, finishing with 16 hits and rolling to a 9-1 victory against the Gwinnett Braves at Coolray Field.
Mud Hens outfielder Tyler Collins made the biggest impact with two home runs, three hits overall, and four RBIs. Toledo’s offense started quickly and never slowed down.
Only one out into the game, Collins hit a two-run home in the top of the first inning.
Trevor Crowe doubled in the second inning, pushing Toledo’s lead to 3-0. Four batters later, Hernan Perez reached base on an error that allowed two runs to score, making it 5-0.
Wade Gaynor — who had two hits and two RBIs — added a two-run double in the fifth inning as the Mud Hens extended their lead to 7-0.
Then Collins hit his second home run, a two-run shot to right-center field in the seventh inning that made it 9-0.
Mud Hens starter Drew VerHagen (4-7) allowed one run on six hits in seven innings. He struck out four and walked none. His lone blemish — he gave up a solo home run to Brandon Boggs in the seventh inning.
Hector Daniel Rodriguez (4-9) took the loss for Gwinnett. He allowed seven runs — five earned — on eight hits, struck out five batters, and walked four more. He lasted five innings.