Toledo MLN: Inge Rehab Coincides Win Streak

With ten games under their belts, the Toledo Mud Hens have managed to create a roller coaster season from the starting blocks. After suffering from a three-game losing streak, the Mud Hens turn it around and pace a three-game winning streak, while Detroit Tiger Brandon Inge accompanied the team during their most recent home series.

Injuries and Inge

Inge joined the Mud Hens for their home stand against the Bats after being put on the 15-day disabled list from a strained groin.

Tuesday Inge made his debut with the Mud Hens as designated hitter, and Wednesday and Thursday he played second base.

Inge started off his rehab session on Tuesday going 1-for-3 with a walk and a single in the fourth inning, but that was his peak. Wednesday and Thursday Inge didn't contribute offensively. He went 0-3 both games, but he started at second each day.

Last season, Inge played 29 games with the Mud Hens, he batted .289, had seven home runs, and 19 RBI in 108 at-bats. Inge was reactivated Sunday for the Tigers. Fresh off the DL, Inge was the team's designated hitter for just the second time in his career.

Three games straight

The Mud Hens finally found a rhythm they could jive to, to start winning games in bulk.

Interesting enough, Inge played all three games that they won in a row.

The starting pitchers all showed up ready to play in the three games they won back-to-back.

Thad Weber pitched six innings in his first start and in their first win of the series. He struck out eight, gave up no earned runs in 3-1 victory, breaking the three-game losing streak they had.

Fu-Te-Ni pitched Wednesday for five innings. He yielded just four hits, with no runs and two strikeouts in the 4-0 win.

Newly acquired Rob Waite took over for him, throwing three scoreless innings.

To pull up the rear was Brooks Brown, who pitched a sold four innings with no runs and giving up one hit, but Ramon Garcia was credited with the win.

After the three wins, the Mud Hens went 1-2 against the Indianapolis Indians on the road. Saturday's game was postponed due to weather conditions, leaving the teams to attend a doubleheader on Sunday.

The team's only win came in the final game of their doubleheader against the Indians.

Hot Hands

Brad Eldred has gone to work and performed well for the Mud Hens.

Eldred was credited with scoring Inge in Tuesday's game off of an RBI double, and he led the offense on Thursday.

In just the second inning on Thursday, Eldred caught the crowd's attention when he ripped a ball deep into center field for a two-run homer to take an early lead. It was his third home run of the season.

Eldred is among the top three offensively on the club. The six-foot-six, 270 pound Mud Hen is batting .342, earning the most hits with 13, and the most RBIs with 10. Over 38 at-bats in the 10 games — all of which he started — recorded a hit in.

Toledo is currently 5-5 and will continue to play on the road through Friday, with their next series in Fifth-Third field against Colorado.

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