TOLEDO, Ohio - Toledo center fielder Avisail Garcia led off the first inning with a double, began the third with a solo home run, lined a single in the fifth and completed the cycle with a eighth inning triple as the Mud Hens (38-54) smashed an opponent season-high 17 hits and held off a ninth inning Indianapolis Indians (58-34) rally to earn a 9-7 victory on Sunday night at Fifth Third Field.
In just 13 games at the Triple-A level with Toledo this season, Avisail Garcia has proven that he is more than ready for the next level. With his cycle on Sunday night against the Tribe, the Mud Hens first since Ryan Raburn on May 27, 2007, Garcia is now batting an unreal .483 (28-for-58) with nine runs, 10 RBI, a .500 on-base percentage, and a massive .690 slugging percentage with the Mud Hens this season.
While the Indians and Mud Hens battled back and forth in the early frames, things got very interesting in the game’s final two innings as two teams combined for eight runs on 10 hits between the bottom of the eighth and the top of the ninth.
Tied 4-4 heading into the bottom of the eighth, International league West Division veteran Danny Dorn lined a one out single to begin a unbelievable streak of six straight hits for the Mud Hens. 2B Danny Worth and C Brad Davis followed Dorn’s base hit with singles of their own to load the bases for SS Argenis Diaz.
The former Indians’ infielder roped a base hit of his own to plate both Dorn and Worth and give the Mud Hens their first lead of night at 6-4. After Diaz, Garcia stepped to the plate and completed his cycle in impressive fashion by legging out a triple that scored both Davis and Diaz for what eventually proved to be key scores.