Toledo MLN: Aside from Kelly, Hens struggle

When things go bad, they go bad. Just ask the Mud Hens. With Tuesday's 9-5 loss at home to Norfolk, Toledo (17-28) has lost 10 in a row and scored 26 runs during that span. From May 17-21 the Hens went 28 innings without scoring a run.

During this 10-game losing streak, the Mud Hens are batting .197 (63-for-320) and their staff earned run average has ballooned to 4.55, the highest in the International League.

In Tuesday's loss to Norfolk, Toledo batters struck out 16 times in 33 at-bats. The Mud Hens lead the IL with 419 strikeouts.

Toledo's pitchers, meanwhile, have allowed the most hits (419) and earned runs (200) of any rotation in the IL. The Mud Hens have also lost 12 straight road games.

The Hens continue to lead the IL in stolen bases, with 50 steals in 64 attempts, but their team batting average (.240) is the third-worst in the league.

Second baseman Don Kelly has been the lone standout hitter for the Mud Hens this month.

From May 15-26, Kelly batted .368 and hit safely in nine out of Toledo's 10 games. He is 14-for-38 with one double, one home run, two RBI and five stolen bases during that span. On the season, Kelly is hitting .323 with three home runs, 15 RBI and 11 stolen bases.

Right-hander Eddie Bonine has pitched well in his first six starts with Toledo this year while posting a 2.61 ERA.

Bonine, however, hasn't been given much run support in an 0-2 start. In two of his last three starts, he threw a one-hitter and allowed only two runs in 17 innings (1.06 ERA).

The 6-5, 220-pounder has given up 27 hits in 38 innings this season, with seven walks and 19 strikeouts. Opponents are batting just .199 against him.

Tigers pitcher Jeremy Bonderman, on a rehab assignment with Toledo, has pitched two games and gone six innings in each outing. He has allowed seven earned runs on 14 hits and is 0-1 with a 5.25 ERA.

Slugger Marcus Thames is also starting for the Mud Hens on a rehab assignment.

The former Hens' standout outfielder hit .335 with 47 home runs and 117 RBI for Toledo from 2004-05. In his first game back with Toledo, on May 25, Thames went 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout in a 5-2 loss to Norfolk.

On May 26, in a 9-5 loss to Norfolk, Thames went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and one RBI.

Tigs Town Top Stories