TigsTown MLN: 'Hens Keep Homering

The Toledo Mud Hens went 4-2 this past week to improve their record to 30-17, and kept a two game lead over the Louisville Bats in International League West division. The 'Hens took three of four games from Columbus, including the first two games on the road.

Third Baseman Mike Hessman cooled down a bit this week, not adding any homeruns to his professional baseball leading count of 18. Hessman batted 1-for-13 with three walks. While Hessman's hot bat cooled down a bit this week, the rest of his Mud Hen teammates made up for it.

The Hens belted out 18 more home runs this week to increase their International League high total this season to 85 (35 more than second place Charlotte). The Hens were led by first baseman Jeff Larish and second baseman Mike Hollimon who hit four home runs and five home runs this week, respectively.

Larish had six RBI this week to increase his Mud Hen-leading total to 39. Hollimon homered in four out of the six games this week including a multi-home run game against Columbus, in which Timo Perez and catcher Nick Trzesniak also each hit two home runs. Recent call-up left fielder Freddy Guzman also added his first home run of the season in the same game to give the Hens a total of seven home runs hit in that game. The Mud Hens not only had dynamite hitting against Columbus, they also had dominating pitching.

LHP Casey Fossum increased his record to 2-0 against Columbus that night, pitching seven strong innings giving up only three hits while striking out ten and walking only a single batter. RHP Eddie Bonine picked up another win to add to his unblemished record (8-0), while Closer Blaine Neal also stayed perfect with two more saves to increase his league lead to 15.

Centerfielder Clete Thomas also had a big week, going 7-for-23 with two home runs, eight RBI, four walks and two stolen bases. Thomas has been struggling a bit since coming back from being called up by the Tigers, but if his play this past week is any indication of things to come, then the Mud Hens are going to be even more dangerous offensively.

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