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Navarro's hit lifts Mud Hens over Durham

06/18/2017, 10:26pm EDT
By By NICHOLAS PIOTROWICZ BLADE SPORTS WRITER

Two-out, two-run single in eighth paves way for 6-5 win


Mud Hens outfielder Steven Moya slides safely into home plate on a single by Argenis Diaz during Sunday's win over the Durham Bulls at Fifth Third Field. BLADE/JETTA FRASER

Efren Na­varro hung around for what seemed like an eternity.

The Mud Hens' first base­man fouled off pitch af­ter pitch in a crit­i­cal eighth-in­ning at-bat, watched a dis­puted 2-2 of­fer­ing go just wide for a ball, and stood idly by as the um­pire made two ejec­tions while he was in the bat­ter's box.

Na­varro made it worth the wait. He came through with a clutch hit to swing the game in Toledo's fa­vor, scor­ing a two-out, two-run sin­gle that pushed the Mud Hens to a 6-5 vic­tory against vis­it­ing Durham on Sun­day at Fifth Third Field.

With the Bulls ahead 5-4, Durham catcher Curt Casali and man­ager Jared Sand­berg were ejected in the mid­dle of Na­varro's at-bat. Bulls re­liever Adam Kolarek's 2-2 pitch to Na­varro was a bor­der­line pitch that home plate umpite Scott Cos­tello deemed to be out­side. Casali ar­gued and was tossed; Sand­berg came to home plate to pro­test and was sent to the club­house as well.

“I have to go back and look at it again, but I thought it was out, and I wasn't go­ing to swing,” Na­varro said. “Ap­par­ently [Cos­tello] was call­ing that pitch through­out the whole game, so as far as their end, they wanted that pitch. From my end, I thought it was a ball.”

Toledo starter Matt Crouse earned a no-de­ci­sion. He fin­ished with a line of 6.1 in­nings, seven hits, two walks, three strike­outs, and three runs for the Mud Hens. Edward Mujica pitched around a two-out dou­ble to earn the save, his fifth.

Na­varro, who also walked twice, helped Toledo fin­ish the ef­fort with a se­ries win against first-place Durham.

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