Toledo MLN: Power Surging, Pitchers Shining

The Toledo Mud Hens continued their recent trend of alternating strong and poor weeks this past week, posting a 5-2 record as they finished up an eight game home stand against Leigh Valley, and began an eight game road trip against Gwinnett and Charlotte.

Their performances this past week, which followed up the team's 1-5 performance last week, got the Mud Hens back to .500 at 20-20. However, they are still seven game behind division-leader Columbus in the West Division standings.

The Mud Hens will finish their road trip with Charlotte Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, before beginning an eight-game home stand Saturday against Pawtucket. Toledo will also welcome Durham to town during the home stand.

Power surge

Scott Thorman had a big week for the Mud Hens, hitting four home runs, driving in eight runs and scoring six runs.

Despite leading the team with seven home runs and 21 RBI, Thorman has struggled offensively this season, particularly with batting average.

During the last week, he only hit 7-for-30 (.233) and is hitting .215 for the season. His on-base percent is also low (.234), due in large part to a 26:4 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

He has also struggled in the power department, despite leading the team in home runs. Other than those home runs, he has only one extra base hit for the season: a double that he hit in Tuesday's win over Charlotte, a game in which he went deep twice.

Because of this, he is slugging only .378 for the season, with a .612 OPS.

In addition to Thorman, Danny Worth also had a big week offensively.

Coming into the week with no home runs and only one run batted in, Worth went deep three times during the last week, driving in seven runs and scoring four times in the process. He also stole his fourth base of the season.

Splitting time with Argenis Diaz at third base, Worth has only amassed 85 at-bats on the season, posting a .259 average in the process. However, unlike Thorman, he has displayed some consistent extra-base power, hitting eight doubles and a triple to go along with the three home runs.

He has also stolen four bases on the season and sports a .805 OPS.

New guy in town

Promoted earlier in the week from Double-A Erie earlier this week, outfielder Deik Scram had a strong first couple of games with the Mud Hens.

Playing Monday night against Gwinnett and Tuesday night against Charlotte, Scram went 2-for-4 each night, combining to hit a home run, two doubles, drive in a run and score a run in the two games.

This is his second time reaching the Triple-A level. He played in 31 games for the Mud Hens last season, hitting .208 with no home runs, nine RBI, 12 runs scored and two steals.

This season, in 19 games with Erie he was hitting .293 with one home run, 12 RBI and 13 runs.

He takes the roster spot left vacant by Andy Dirks, who was called up by the Tigers to take the roster spot of Magglio Ordonez, who was place on the disabled list May 13.

Opposite ends of the spectrum

The pitching for the Mud Hens proved to be very hit-or-miss this week.

On one end, Duane Below, Andrew Oliver and Charlie Furbush (twice) each threw strong starts for Toledo.

Furbush, starting last Thursday at home against Leigh Valley and last night at Charlotte, combined to throw 13 innings in his two starts, allowing four runs on nine hits, four walks, with 14 strikeouts.

Below threw seven strong innings last Friday, allowing one run on one hit and two walks, striking out six.

Oliver followed him up with seven strong innings Saturday, allowing one run on three hits and two walks, striking out five.

However, on the other end, the Mud Hens also received a pair of poor starts from Thad Weber. In 10 innings last week, he allowed 12 runs on 17 hits and five walks. The starts pushed his season ERA up to 6.45.

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