Toledo MLN: Hot Hens Keep It Up on the Road

Statistically, the Toledo Mud Hens have proved that they prefer to play on the road. After winning the series against the Columbus Clippers, with two games on the road, their return home was not as pleasant to watch as they dropped three games in the negative vs. the Gwinnett Braves.

Power Pitching

Toledo led a defensive best from the mound with pitcher after pitcher. The Mud Hens started the week off with Shawn Teufel who pitched five plus innings with just two earned runs in his first start. The 26-year-old left-handed pitcher from Liberty, VA struck out four batters and walked five for his first win on the season leading the Mud Hens to a 5-3 margin.

Andy Oliver and Brooks Brown also earned their first wins this season after their efforts on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.

Oliver threw six innings with seven K's and two earned runs to aid in Toledo's 12-8 win.

Brown worked through five, but let seven earned runs on seven hits rack up. It was the bullpen who saved the day with one run scored over four innings, leading the Mud Hens to their third victory over the Clippers and the series.

Not so "home" runs

An offensive explosion took place in the latter half of the series against the Clippers. Although they won all four games played last week, the only variable besides the increase in offensive production is the location which they did not play and that was home.

In the two homes games against the Clippers, Toledo put up a combined total of 13 runs, in Columbus, over two games, the Mud Hen racked up 18.

Most of this can be attributed to the hot hands of Brad Eldred. Eldred hit three home runs on Tuesday and yet another on Wednesday. At the close of Wednesday's game, he had five homeruns in the last 12 at bats and has homered in the last three games consecutively.

Batter of the Week

For his efforts, Eldred was named International League Batter of the Week on Monday. In the previous week he drove in a run every games, he leads the league in homeruns with 13 and RBI's with 35.

Game over against Gwinnett

With a four game win streak, and a victory in their last 10 of 11, the Mud Hens returned home and it wasn't to their advantage.

Friday night they lost a close one in their 2-3 loss to the Braves. The teams were tied through the seventh until Jose Constanza singled and drove in Gwinnett's winning run.

Toledo's center-fielder Quintin went three-for-five leading a somewhat non-existent offense.

In a not so close second game, Teufel's start wasn't as glorious as his last, giving the Braves an early 2-0 lead in the first.

The Mud Hens tied it up 3-3 at the end of the third, but that was all the juice they had left — the Braves continued to tack on runs and won the game 8-3.

Their third meeting followed suit, with the Mud Hens falling yet again, this time just by a run, in a lackluster offensive performance from both teams.


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