Toledo MLN: Season Ends with Few Bright Spots

With the last week of season play coming to a close, the Toledo Mud Hens didn't walk away with many wins. Saving themselves from the sweep, Toledo managed to take one of the four games against the Indianapolis Indians and split two games against the Columbus Clippers.

The last draw

The Indians and the Mud Hens faced each other for the last time and Mud Hens struggled to pull ahead for a win, except on Thursday.

Starting off the last series against an opponent with a shutout loss isn't the way you want to do things.

Duane Below started on the mound and pitched four innings, giving up three runs on six hits. It was hard to shake up Indians pitcher Phil Irwin during his outing. He only gave up three Toledo hits and fanned seven.

Ninth inning let down

The Indians took an early lead on Wednesday after Indians' Jeff Larish pelted a shot to left field, good for three runs and a 4-0 lead over Toledo.

Mud Hens fans had nothing to root for during the entire game until Don Kelly hit and RBI single that drove in two runs and cut their deficit to one with one out.

The next two outs came with ease for Indianapolis as Tim Wood closed out the game and earned another win for the Indians.

Finally a win

This time the ninth inning wasn't as disappointing for the Mud Hens.

Audy Ciriaco drove in his 12th home run of the season in the bottom of the ninth inning to earn Toledo's only win of the series.

It was Jerad Head's homer that tied the game in the third inning at two runs, and Ciriaco's that drove it home for the Mud Hens.

Adam Wilk pitched a solid game, giving up just two runs and he struck out eight Indians. Indianapolis' pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes only lasted three innings, giving up two runs during his time spent on the mound.

Where they stand

After a long season of baseball, the Mud Hens end with a win percentage of .417. The 60 wins were good for third place in the International West division, but it was 29 games behind the first place Indians. There was no race to be had in the division as even the second place Clippers were 14 games back.


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