A win over Columbus, coupled with an Indianapolis loss to Louisville, gave the Toledo Mud Hens their first International League playoff berth since 2007 on Sunday.
Entering play on Saturday, Toledo needed to win at least two of its final three games to earn a playoff spot. The Mud Hens took care of business Saturday night winning 1-0, behind strong performances from Dixon Machado and Spencer Turnbull.
Machado went 1-3 with a solo home run for the game’s only tally. Turnbull earned his first career Triple-A win by spinning seven scoreless innings with just one hit, one walk and eight strikeouts.
An Indianapolis loss on Saturday put Toledo ahead by half a game over both Indianapolis and Columbus headed into Sunday’s action.
On Sunday, Toledo exploded for 10 runs en route to a 10-5 win. Jacob Robson went 3-5 with a home run and two runs scored. Jason Krizan, Willi Castro and Daz Cameron each contributed 2 RBI as well.
The Mud Hens will play host to south division champion, Durham, in the first two games of the International League semifinals on Wednesday and Thursday. The best-of-five series will then shift to Durham for game three at minimum, and games four and five if necessary.
The other semifinal will be made up of east division champion Lehigh Valley and the wild card winner. Indianapolis, Columbus and Scranton-Wilkes Barre are the last three teams alive for the wild card headed into the season’s final day
Scranton-Wilkes Barre holds a one game advantage over Indianapolis and Columbus for the wild card spot, each with one game to play on Monday.
The winner of each semifinal series will then compete for the Governor’s Cup to crown the champion of the International League. Then that champion will meet the Pacific Coast League champion for one game at Columbus’ Huntington Park to determine the Triple-A champion.