Toledo MLN: Trying to Put It All Together

Baseball is all about following through — pitchers follow through with each pitch and batters follow through with each swing, and as a team you follow through to win series. The Toledo Mud Hens, despite their highs, they can't follow through.

You can't have one without the other

If the pitching is on point, the run support isn't there, if the bats are hot, there is a meltdown in the bullpen — the Mud Hens struggle to have all cylinders fired at the same time.

In their series finale against the Norfolk Tide pitcher Brooks Brown held down the mound for 6 1/3 innings and gave up just two earned runs on seven hits. A Solid outing from the pitcher who wasn't even scheduled to throw a ball on Monday, but Toledo's offense was on standby, contributing only one run late in the seventh.

On Thursday Toledo flip-flopped their productivity. With decent batting from the offense, and taking early advantages from Indianapolis' defensive faults, the Mud Hens couldn't control the arms of their pitching staff in their 10-5 loss to the Indians.

Andy Oliver was credited with the team's loss after he surrendered six earned runs in four innings.

Managed to get a pair

On the bright side, the Mud Hens didn't go completely winless on the week, earning a pair of wins against Indianapolis and Columbus

Toledo opened their road trip against the Indians with a 4-3 win — snapping a six game losing slump they had been stuck in.

Looking as if they were going to take their seventh straight loss, the Mud Hens came alive in the sixth with three straight singles and knocked in two runs to take the lead 3-2.

Jacob Turner commanded the mound for six innings and Chris Bootcheck closed it out for his 14th save of the year.

On Saturday there was nothing the Mud Hens didn't get a piece. Toledo's bats earned their 8-1 win over Columbus with 11 hits, including a five-run eighth inning that was led by John Lindsey.

Lindsey was 2-for-4 with four RBI's, one on a second inning solo home run and the other three came in the eighth off his double.

Where they stand

Toledo hangs on to third place in the division with a fretful .398 win percentage and a painful 19 games out of first place.

They continue to play better on the road than they do at home, which might play to their advantage considering the majority of the month of July they are away.


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