TigsTown MLN: Hens Cupboard Getting Bare

The Toledo Mud Hens potent lineup took a bit of a hit this past week, while going 2-4. With the Detroit Tigers making several roster changes, calling up many of the Mud Hens' offensive stars, the Hens are stuck looking for offense from new call ups of their own.

Brent Clevlen and Mike Hollimon were called up this week, joining Jeff Larish in Detroit. Without many of their big bats, the Hens needed their remaining big bats to do damage for them. The Hens scored four or fewer runs in five of six games this week, including three games with fewer than three runs scored.

In the game before Clevlen and Hollimon's call-ups, the Hens smashed the ball, winning 13-12 in extra innings. Mike Hessman led the way going 2-for-6 with four RBI including a homerun, giving him 22 on the season. Hessman did not manage to get another RBI the rest of the week, going 3-for-17 with one extra base hit, while walking four times and striking out 11 times. With the call-ups, Hessman is shouldering more of the load before and he does not have the same protection in the lineup as he did earlier this season when he was smacking the tar off the ball.

Matt Joyce continued hitting home runs this week, adding three more to increase his total to ten on the season. Joyce hit a pair of two-run homers in a game against Columbus this week, accounting for all of the Hens' RBI in a 5-4 loss. Joyce also showed improved patience at the plate this week striking out only four times in six games this week while also walking four times.

Freddy Guzman had a nine game hitting steak ended this week. Guzman had four multi-hit games this week while batting 11-for-28 (.393), while also stealing three more bases this week. His biggest moment this week was hitting a walk-off homerun against Indianapolis.

Hens' pitching lost one of their aces to the big leagues this week also, seeing Casey Fossum going up to Detroit after three straight ten strikeout games. The Mud Hens' pitching was for the most part solid this week, receiving three quality starts from their starting pitchers.

Virgil Vasquez had his second strong start in a row going seven innings allowing only one earned run on four hits and two walks while striking out four batters. This is a good sign for the Mud Hens because it seemed that Vasquez's biggest problem this season was putting together solid starts. If this continues, then the Hens could have another ace in their hands.

Chris Lambert had an electrifying start this week pitching six innings of one hit shutout baseball, striking out seven while walking a lone batter. In his last ten starts Lambert has a 4-2 record with a 3.23 ERA and 48 strikeouts.

Yorman Bazardo also had a strong start pitching seven innings giving up three earned runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts and one walk. He lost this start because the offense did not capitalize on opportunities with runners in scoring position. Joel Zumaya and Fernando Rodney each made two rehab appearances this week. Rodney had a difficult time with his control in his first appearance this week, only going 1/3 of an inning giving up three earned runs on one hit and two walks while stiking out one batter. In his next appearance two days latter, he pitched one inning allowing one run an one hit and one walk while striking out three batters.

Zumaya had a great first appearance, pitching one inning allowing only one hit. His next appearance was a bit more difficult, pitching one inning and allowing one run one two hits and two walks while striking out one batter.

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