Toledo MLN: New Man in the Rotation

Mud Hens newcomer Nate Bump already has one win in his back pocket, and Toledo hopes there are many more to come for the right-hander.

Bump, who turns 32 this month, earned his first victory in his first start for Toledo on Tuesday night against Louisville at Fifth Third Field.

Bump, who was 8-2 with a 2.49 ERA in 12 starts for the Camden Riversharks of the Atlantic League, was signed by the Hens after the team released right-hander Ron Chiavacci before last Saturday's game.

He faced 24 Louisville batters on Tuesday and gave up one run on four hits in seven innings. He threw 84 pitches, 59 for strikes, and walked one with four strikeouts. His lone mistake turned into a solo home run by Kevin Barker in the top of the fifth.

Bump became the 10th pitcher to start a game for Toledo this season. Chiavacci was 1-5 with a 5.24 ERA in 20 appearances with the Mud Hens. He started four games and earned two saves in 46 1/3 innings.

LINEUP SHUFFLE: Toledo manager Larry Parrish gave shortstop Brent Dlugach a rest on July 5 - his first day off in 24 games - and inserted third baseman Mike Hessman at short and first baseman Jeff Larish at third base in an 8-1 loss to Columbus.

Hessman handled six chances cleanly, and Larish had three error-free plays in the field. Hessman and Larish combined to go 0-for-8 at the plate with five strikeouts.

The game marked Larish's first start at third base since May 17 (with Detroit) and Hessman's first at shortstop since Aug. 22, 2008. Hessman has played in 22 consecutive games, the longest current streak for Toledo.

Second baseman Scott Sizemore was scrubbed from the lineup for the second straight day on July 5 due to a wrist injury. The Mud Hens had Monday off, and Sizemore (.303) returned to the lineup on Tuesday and went 0-for-3 with a walk, a strikeout and one stolen base, his third of the season.

PITCHING IN: Hessman and outfielder Jeff Frazier got to take the mound on July 2. In a 16-3 loss to Columbus that night, Frazier came on in the seventh inning and allowed back-to-back walks, an RBI double and a three-run homer before getting out of the inning.

Hessman took the mound in the eighth and retired three batters on three pitches. Frazier and Hessman became the first Hens position players to take the mound since Kevin Hooper pitched an inning against Indianapolis on Sept. 5, 2005. Hooper earned the save in Toledo's win that day and played all nine positions on the field in the process.

Hessman also pitched for the Hens in 2005.

ALL-STAR SEASON: Dlugach has been named the Mud Hens' representative on the IL All-Star team. The All-Star game is next week in Portland, Ore.

Dlugach is batting .279 with nine home runs and 39 RBI this season. He had a 14-game hit streak snapped against Columbus on July 1. Among shortstops, Dlugach is one of the league leaders in batting average, on-base percentage, homers and RBI.

DOT, DOT, DOT: Left fielder Wilkin Ramirez has gone 4-for-7 in his last two games at Fifth Third Field to raise his batting average to .327 (34-for-104) at home. He is hitting .211 (31-for-147) on the road.

Ramirez, batting .259 on the season, has two home runs in 27 games at Fifth Third Field compared to six on the road through 38 games. Ramirez currently has Toledo's longest current hit streak at six straight games. He has hit .478 (11-for-23) during the streak ...

Mud Hens hitters lead the IL in strikeouts, with 762. The next closest is Durham, with 631 ... The Hens are 10-7 when their opponents commit two or more errors in a game. Since June 1, the Hens are 13-7 in games during which they struck out less than 10 times a game. Toledo has a .251 batting average, fourth-worst in the IL ...

The Mud Hens, fourth in the IL with 289 walks, have won five of their last seven to climb to 38-45, seven games behind IL West-leading Louisville.


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