Toledo MLN: Swept Away Twice

Extra innings, career-high strikeouts, — there was nothing the Toledo Mud Hens could do right to win a game. The Mud Hens dropped six straight resulting in sweeps from Buffalo and Charlotte.

Almost a no-no

The only bullet Toledo managed to dodge was being the victim of a no hitter by Charlotte's pitcher Terry Doyle.

Late ninth innings hits saved the Mud Hens from their first hitless game since 1977.

Audy Ciriaco led off the attack with a double and he scored on a Justin Henry single, which eliminated Doyle's chance at a shutout win.

Andy Oliver stood on the mound for his longest career outing of 7.2 innings, striking out six and allowing five hits.

Doyle walked three Hens and struck out eight in his no-hitter attempt.

Propelling Pitchers

The Mud Hens pitchers are doing what they can to keep the team in the game, but the lack of offense Toledo is producing

In the series finale against Buffalo, Jacob Turner commanded the mound for 6.1 innings, giving up just one run on five hits, while waving three.

He dueled against the Bison's starting pitcher Jenry Mejia, but ultimately it was Mejia's offense that was able to produce in their 2-1 victory over the Mud Hens.

For the second night in a row, pitching was the name of the game. In Toledo's series opener against Charlotte, both teams went scoreless through four innings and allowing a combined three hits.

On the mound for Toledo was Brooks Brown, who had trouble with commanding batters as he walked four.

Thad Weber worked through seven innings the next day, but the Mud Hens couldn't find the offense to back up his performance.

He gave up two runs on six hits. This only offensive spark the offense saw was when Ryan Strieby blasted a ball over the left field wall, earning Toledo's only run all game.

Even Adam Wilk's complete game on Friday wasn't enough to win it for the Mud Hens, as Charlotte completed their sweep in the 3-2 closer.

Wilk had career-high of nine strikeouts and gave up three runs on six hits.

The three spot

Currently the Mud Hens sit in third in the International League West division behind the first place Indianapolis Indians and the second place Columbus Clippers.

Toledo's record is 28-35, .444, and are 7.5 games out of first.

Numerically they play better on the road, with a .500 benchmark, while they are 14-21 in front of their home crowd at Fifth Third Field.


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