TigsTown MLN: 'Hens Transactions Galore

The Toledo Mud Hens continue their eight game road trip this week taking on the Buffalo Bisons and the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. Mud Hens third basemen, Mike Hessman continues to work toward his date with Toledo baseball history as he now has 232 career RBI, one short of the modern-era record set by Mike Ulger in the 1980's.

The Mud Hens were slated to finish their home stand vs. the Charlotte Knights on April 10 but the game was postponed due to foul weather. Unfortunately for many fans the postponement came nearly 2 ½ hours after the game was supposed to start. Joe Napoli, the Mud Hens general manager, said of the lengthy delay, "It has everything to do with the league's policy, when it's a visiting team's last visit to a venue; the policy is to wait as long as reasonably possible." Due to new scheduling practices teams from different divisions only play each other eight times per season.

Therefore the Knights (playing in the South Division) will only visit the Mud Hens (playing in the West Division) for a four game series this season and the Mud Hens will visit them for a four game series. With the game postponed the Mud Hens lose home-field advantage and have to play a doubleheader on May 9 while visiting Charlotte .

The Mud Hens began a four-game series vs. the Buffalo Bisons on April 11 and won two out of four. The second game lose marked the first time the Mud Hens were shutout this season, as the offense managed only three hits off of Bisons pitching. The Mud Hens were also handed their first lose in which the game ended with them down by three of more runs. Fortunately the Mud Hens were back at it the following day scoring six runs for the win.

On the season eleven players have hit at least one home run as the offense continues to play the biggest role in the Mud Hens' success this season. The Hens now lead the International League in Home Runs (21), Total Bases (212), SLG (.485), and OPS (.803) and RBI (67). On the other side of the coin the Mud Hens are tied for last in walks (34).

But the power surge from multiple players should provide some hope for fans as the Detroit Tigers continue to call upon both batters and pitchers to contribute in the majors. With the most recent promotion of pitcher Armando Galarraga, who had an impressive major league debut for the Tigers on Wednesday night, the Mud Hens have now made fifteen transactions this season compared to only two at the same time last season.

The Mud Hens kicked off a four game series vs. the struggling Lehigh Valley IronPigs on April 15 taking a 1-4 lose. They again followed up an off night with an impressive display of offensive power and fine pitching to win it 6-4. With the win to open the series the IronPigs have now won two games this year as they went 0-11 to start the season and managed to find their first win only a day before the Mud Hens arrived in town while playing the Richmond Braves. The IronPigs are now 2-4 at home and 0-8 on the road while the Mud Hens have improved to 5-2 at home and 3-3 while on the road.

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