Toledo MLN: Struggling to Find a Groove

An eager team falls short again in midweek matchups — the Toledo Mud Hens can't seem to find a groove besides a losing streak after giving up three straight to Scranton and a game to Syracuse.

Individuals capitalized on personal progress through the week, but as a whole, the team is not yet a well-oiled machine.

The Mud Hens sit a half game out of first place in the International League West behind the Indianapolis Indians. Overall Toledo is 23-21 so far this season.

Battling bats

It's not that the Toledo Mud Hens aren't hitting, they are just not capitalizing on base.

Individually there are multiple Mud Hens with multiple hit games, but the runs aren't reflecting it.

"You just put it behind you, the offense is going good," Manager Phil Nevin said. I'm not saying we're in a funk we just faced some pretty good guys the last two days and sometimes it doesn't go your way."

Toledo posted one of their two wins during the week on Tuesday, with an offense that followed through.

Both Brad Eldred and Quintin Berry had three RBI's, combining for 75 percent of their runs.

Eldred blasted a three run homer in the bottom of the third inning against Scranton.

Toledo continued to rack up the runs with two in the fifth and three in the seventh.

Thad Weber, the starting pitcher that night, contributed to the win with 6 complete innings, striking out six and posting only one earned run.

Early bird gets the worm

This time the worm wore a Mud Hens uniform and the bird was a Scranton species.

The Mud Hens were up bright and early for a 10:30 a.m. start time on Wednesday against Scranton, for School Celebration Days at the ballpark.

They were up early and led early with a 1-0 lead in the second, but that soon became old news when the Toledo went back to their old ways and gave up three runs to three singles and two defensive errors.

The Mud Hens weren't the only ones with errors — the teams combined for six, which is the second game in a row with that many.

Can't touch this

That is the exact theme song that represented Scranton's pitching performance by Ramon Ortiz on Thursday night.

The powerhouse pitcher was winless, up until that night and carried and ERA over five, but the 38-year-old worked seven innings against the Mud Hens giving up just two hits and eight strikeouts.

Adam Wilk was the challenger of the night's pitching duel, who had a solid outing except for an off-balance fourth inning where he gave up four runs.

"After what happened in that fourth inning and to pitch through the seventh," Nevin said. "I know he's not happy with it, but to me he did a lot of positive things on the mound tonight."

He ended the night with six hits, the four earned runs and seven strikeouts.

Toledo tried to rally in the eighth. Berry started off with a single, but they fell short, yet again.

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