Toledo MLN: Hens Humming Along

Back on track at home, the Toledo Mud Hens continue to fight to stay in first place of the International League West. After taking three-out-of-four games against Pawtucket, the Mud Hens lead their division with an 18-11 record.

Sizzling Strieby

The first baseman Ryan Strieby has seen his average drop as of late but has continued to provide run production, especially in the Mud Hens most recent series against the Pawtucket Red Sox.

The 6' 5'' infielder from Seattle, WA started off the winning streak with a three RBI day on Tuesday, and a long shot to left field on Wednesday. The ball flew over the scoreboard in left field of Fifth Third Field, earning him two more RBI's in just the first inning.

Another Asset

Showing signs of good progress; Justin Henry had a breakout series against the Red Sox as well.

Last Tuesday he went 4-for-5 at the plate, earning an RBI. He followed Strieby's two-run home run with a two-run single, which gave the Mud Hens an early advantage after two innings. On Thursday in the 6-4 win, Henry reached base again.

Ribcage Rehab

Detroit Tiger Doug Fister made his Toledo debut on Wednesday, game two of the series. Fister suffered a left costochondral strain to the ribcage early in the season while he was on the mound for Detroit.

In Wednesday's game, Fister pitched four innings of shutout baseball and was limited to 68 pitches .He struck out five, gave up two hits and a walk.

Prime Pitching

All Toledo starters are having solid performances on the mound. All pitchers, with the exception of Fister, owned the mound for six innings. Adam Wilk held his ground on Tuesday, completing seven innings of work and gave up one run and three hits.

Thursday, Casey Crosby led the Mud Hens through six innings with nine strikeouts and he earned his third win of the season.

Lastly, Andrew Oliver threw a no hitter through six innings until it was broken up by Columbus Clippers first baseman Beau Mills in the seventh.

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