Holy Toledo! Mud Hens explode for epic 11-run inning

Tony Paul
The Detroit News

And you thought the Tigers’ game had a surprising finish?

It was nothing compared to what went down — down on the farm, that is — with the Toledo Mud Hens on Thursday night.

Toledo and host Louisville had played eight scoreless innings, before all heck broke loose.

The Mud Hens scored 11 times in the ninth inning — entirely after two men were out to start the inning — to post an impressive win.

A whopping 15 batters came to the plate for Toledo in the ninth, and each one reached base at least once in the inning.

The big blow was a grand slam by John Hicks, right after Louisville had changed pitchers, from Wandy Peralta to Drew Hayes.

Here’s how the entire inning went, if you have some time:

* Anthony Gose grounded out;

* Dixon Machado struck out;

* Steven Moya singled;

* Chad Huffman walked;

* Tyler Collins singled, Moya scored, 1-0;

* Casey McGehee walked;

* Wynton Bernard walked, Huffman scored, 2-0;

* Pitching change; Hayes replaced Peralta;

* Hicks hit a grand slam, 6-0;

* Argenis Diaz walked;

* Gose singled;

* Machado reached on an error, Diaz scored, 7-0;

* Moya singled, Gose scored, 8-0;

* Huffman homered, 11-0;

* Collins singled;

* McGehee grounded out.

Hicks, by the way, was waived by the Minnesota Twins last month and scooped up by the Tigers as catching depth. In nine games with the Mud Hens, he’s already homered three times.

Huffman, meanwhile, played the last three seasons in Japan before the Tigers gave him a contract. In 45 games with Toledo this year, he has eight homers, 35 RBIs and a nice .317/.418/.590 slash line.

Toledo had two hits coming into the ninth, then seven in the ninth.

Lost in the shuffle was the Mud Hens’ pitching performance; Matt Crouse started and went 7 1/3 innings, and Preston Guilmet put the finishing touches on an epic night with 1 2/3 innings.