Toledo MLN: Hens Anxious for Homestand

With a seven game home stand scheduled to begin Tuesday night, the Toledo Mud Hens had mother nature working against them, as their game against the Indianapolis Indians was postponed due to persistent rain.

The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader Thursday at 5:30 p.m. with the second game taking place after the completion of game one. Both games will be seven inning games.

The Mud Hens are looking to rebound after a tough weekend against in-state rival Columbus, where the Clippers took four of six games from Toledo.

Both teams had three home games in the series, with Columbus taking the first two games of each set.

The Mud Hens fell to 4-8 after the games against Columbus, five games behind West Division leader Louisville.

Leaders

After the first couple of weeks of the season, several Mud Hens find themselves near the top of the leader boards in several statistical categories.

Entering Tuesday night's games, Andrew Oliver leads the International League with 22 strikeouts, is tied for the league lead with two wins, and is second in the league with 18 innings pitched. He is also fourth in the league with 11 strikeouts/nine innings. Teammate Charlie Furbush is just ahead of him in that, sitting third in the league with 11.17 strikeouts/nine innings.

Thad Weber, who was scheduled to start Tuesday night's rained out game, is third in the league among starting pitchers in batting average against, holding hitters to a .154 average (six hits allowed in 39 at bats).

Offensively, second baseman Scott Sizemore is tied for third in the league with a .375 batting average (12 hits in 32 at bats), to go along with a homer, four RBIs and eight runs scored in 10 games played.

Outfielder Andy Dirks is tied for second in the league with five stolen bases. He has not yet been caught stealing on the year.

Third baseman Danny Worth is second in the league with six doubles. However, those doubles account for 60 percent of his hits for the season, and he has driven in only one run on the season.

Statistical explosion

While the Mud Hens have scored double digit runs in two of their four wins on the season, Monday night's 13-5 victory over Columbus was one of the team's most impressive performances on the young season. Toledo set several team season highs in the win, while several players posted team-high numbers.

In the game, the Mud Hens set a season-high mark in runs (13), hits, (16), team home runs (4), and tied the team mark for strikeouts by pitchers (11).

Individually, Andy Dirks' three runs scored were most in a game by a single Toledo player this season. Additionally, his two homer game was the first time this season that a Toledo player left the yard twice in a game, while his two steals tied a team-high this season for an individual game.

In addition to Dirks game, Clete Thomas' six RBI game was the most by a Mud Hen player since Jeff Frazier knocked in six on July 23, 2009, while Oliver tied a season-high by striking eight batters.

The game was also the largest margin of victory for the Mud Hens this season (eight runs).

Showtime

Prior to Tuesday's rainout, Mud Hens' catcher Omir Santos had his contract purchased by the Tigers after Victor Martinez was placed on the disabled list with a groin strain. The Tigers sent down catcher Max St. Pierre to make room for Santos.

Santos was batting .429 with the Mud Hens (6-for-14), with four RBIs and two runs scored. He was 2-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored Monday, his final game before being called up.

In additional roster moves, the Tigers optioned Robbie Weinhardt to Toledo, while they recalled Al Albuquerque.

Weinhardt, who was originally recalled on April 7, struggled in his brief stint with the Tigers. In 1 2/3 innings pitched, he allowed four hits and two earned runs, good for a 10.80 ERA and a 2.40 WHIP. He has pitched 2 1/3 innings with the Mud Hens this season, allowing two hits, three runs—one earned—and one walk, while recording a save. Batters were hitting .182 against him.

Albuquerque had not allowed a run in three appearances with the Mud Hens this season. In four innings pitched, he allowed three hits and a walk, while striking out eight batters.

In addition, Tigers reliever Ryan Perry made two rehab appearances for the Mud Hens this past week. In 2 1/3 innings, he allowed three hits, two runs—one earned—and struck out two batters. Originally placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 5, he is expected to be activated when his is eligible to return Wednesday.


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