Toledo MLN: Offense Powers Hens in Big Week

The Toledo Mud Hens are firing on all cylinders — with the offense producing and the defense making plays, it's not hard to believe the Mud Hens swept the Louisville Bats on a four-game road show, aiding in a six-game winning streak.

Road Warriors

The Toledo Mud Hens hit their way to four victories against the Bats. More importantly, those four wins were tacked onto the two wins they earned against the Indianapolis Indians at the start of the week.

Despite Fu-Te-Ni's start on Tuesday lasting just 1 2/3 innings and a late rally by the Bats to take the game into extra innings, the Mud Hens exploded in the tenth with a three-run answer to Louisville's extra-inning challenge and took the game 9-7.

Wednesday was nothing short of athletic. The two teams combined for 30 hits and 21 runs, but it was Toledo that conquered the 13-9 game. The Mud Hens did the majority of their damage in the sixth inning with standout performances from Eric Patterson and Brad Eldred. Patterson went a near-perfect 5-for-6 and knocked in two RBI's. They were among seven players on the team that had two hits or more.

Thursday the Mud Hens went seven unanswered innings and scored eight runs, with an early 3-0 lead in the first off two Hens home runs. They beat the Bats 10-4, ergo, extending their winning streak to five games — there longest all season.

In Toledo's final game against Louisville, the Mud Hens won by a skinny 2-1 margin. Casey Crosby earned the win.

The Mud Hens went six straight games untouched, but their first game back at Fifth Third Field broke the streak with a loss to the Columbus Clippers, but they redeemed themselves with a win on Sunday.

Currently Toledo leads the International League West with a record of 11-6.

Went to bat against the Bats

Eldred currently leads all minor league players with eight home runs and 20 RBI's. Three of his eight home runs came in the sweep against Louisville.

Eldred also contributed to the extra innings win with an RBI that scored Quintin Berry, who led the rally in the tenth.

His powerhouse performance on Wednesday consisted of two home runs, one of which was a three-run blast to left that started Toledo's comeback in the sixth. Eldred also had a double, which gave him five RBI's on the night.

Eldred didn't stop there. He posted a home run in the first inning on Thursday and he stretched his hitting-streak to 16 games at the end of the series with the Bats.

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