Toledo MLN: Struggling Through Rough Weather

The Toledo Mud Hens struggled to find a winning groove as they dropped six of seven home games. Currently the Mud Hens are 31-46 (.403) and trying to battle back from a six game losing streak with another week on the road against Indianapolis and Columbus —good news is the Mud Hens are slightly better on the road than they are at home.

The lone ranger

Toledo managed to take one of seven games during their week-long home stand.

Tuesday the team won game two of their series against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, 5-3.

With their bats blazing in the bottom of the first, the Mud Hens took a 3-0 lead early with RBI's from Jeff Baisley, Matt Young, and Jerad Head.

Head went 3-for-4 at the plate on Tuesday and helped the Mud Hens to their 15 overall hits in their two-run win.

The Iron Pigs threatened a comeback when Cody Overbeck hit one out of the park, but Ryan Strieby silenced it with a two-run homer to the top of the scoreboard.

Starting pitcher Adam Wilk earned his first win since May 1 after pitching six innings, where he gave up three runs on six hits with six K's.

The win ended a seven-game losing streak for the Mud Hens, but it was short lived, seeing they lost every game the rest of the week.

Rain or shine

Even in perfect weather conditions the Mud Hens couldn't capitalize.

On Wednesday, Toledo dropped a close 2-1 pitching duel against Lehigh.

Casey Crosby retired his first 11-of-12 batters and it wasn't until the fifth inning that the Iron Pigs put the pressure on him —he gave up back –to-back doubles leading to the first run of the game.

Alex Avila tied the game with an RBI single, but it was the throwing error from Rob Brantley that did them in and allowed the Iron Pigs second and final run to win the game.

On a rain soaked Thursday, the story was the same, but the weather prolonged the loss into Friday.

A one hour and 55 minute rain delay was not the worst of the night after Drew Smyly gave up a three-run home run to Erik Kratz right before the game was delayed.

Another Lehigh home run and another rain delay later the game was decided at 7-3 in favor of the IronPigs in their series finale.

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