Toledo MLN: Heating Up as Season Closes Out

The Mud Hens put another four games under their belt this week, but couldn't continue the winning streak through Sunday.

Toledo started off the week taking the series over the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs with a rain induced double header on Tuesday.

Midweek and on the road, the Mud Hens managed to sweep the Columbus Clippers and split a two-game set against Louisville Bats at fifth-third field to close out the week.

Offensive Spark

Missing from action for the better part of the August, Ryan Raburn made his rehab appearance in Toledo on Wednesday.

Put on the DL Aug. 5 due to a sprained right thumb with the Tigers, Raburn made a debut to remember going 3-for-5 with four RBI's, which included a two-run shot in the top of the seventh. The first two runs came off his bat early in the fifth inning when he placed a two-run double to right field.

Ben Guez went bat-for-bat with Raburn, also ending the night 3-for-5 to add to the 8-3 win over the Clippers.

It was a six run seventh inning for the Mud Hens. Part of that was John Lindsey when smacked his fourteenth homerun of the season — two batters later it was Raburn's turn.

Rounding out the attack was Duane Below who was solid on the mound for four innings, giving up just one run on two hits.

Round two and three

In case you missed Wednesday's performance, the Mud Hens put on another show both Thursday and Friday.

They totaled 17 hits on the night in their 10-3 victory over Columbus on Thursday and Friday they tacked on even more with a season high of 14 runs for the Mud Hens to the Clippers five.

The Mud Hens' trio, Lindsey, Justin Henry and Argenis Diaz all had three hits apiece and three RBI's each on Thursday.

Raburn sent another one sailing over the outfield wall in the top of the first inning and the flood gates opened. This was his second straight game with Toledo and his second homerun.

Former Tigers Danny Worth and Don Kelly hit the jackpot on Friday with three hits each, combine for six of the 20 hits that came off Toledo bats.

Worth also drove in three runs, which helped the Mud Hens take a 13-0 lead before the Clippers could get on the board in the sixth inning.

Adam Wilk earned the win after he pitched five shutout innings of baseball.

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