Toledo MLN: Still Struggling After AS Break

After three days off for the All-Star break, the Toledo Mud Hens couldn't pull it together for their series against the Rochester Red Wings.

Swept away

Throughout the first three games of the series against Rochester, the Mud Hens combined for a total of nine runs, with a pair of one-run losses.

They closed out the series on Sunday with a heartbreaking 8-7 loss for the Mud Hens, giving the Red Wings the complete sweep.

The pitching, the hitting, the defense — it was all there, just not all at the same time

In game one of the series, the Mud Hens outhit the Red Wings 9-4, and even had the lead at one point, but Rochester's bullpen went to work in the last two innings, and taking the win.

The Mud Hens were tied through five innings at two runs apiece on Friday, but defensive miscues game the Red Wings a leg up for the win.

The two errors cost the Mud Hens three runs for Rochester, despite great outings from Holaday and John Lindsey — both went 2-for-4.

Too many ducks left on the pond for the Mud Hens in game three of the series. Toledo managed seven hits but went 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

The finale proved to be nothing different. The Mud Hens had the lead going into the ninth innings, but closer Chris Bootcheck gave up a pair of runs, which resulted in his fourth blow save this season.

Justin Henry was perfect at the plate with a 3-for-3 effort, but it didn't matter in the end.

All-Star closer

Chris Bootcheck made an appearance in the ninth inning of the All-Star game against the Pacific Coast League trailing 3-0.

Bootcheck struck out the first batter he faced and gave up a triple to the next.

His third and final batter popped up and that was it for Bootcheck.

Currently Bootcheck was second in the league in saves with 15 before the All-Star break and he is currently averaging a 3.38 ERA with the Mud Hens.

What the future holds

Looking ahead, the Mud Hens have another series on the road against Buffalo before they return home to face the Indianapolis Indians.

With each game Toledo falls even further away from .500 with just 37 wins and 57 losses — an overall percentage of .394.

The Mud Hens are a whopping 21.5 games out of first place and just two games up on the last place Louisville Bats.

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