Toledo MLN: Hens Heating Up

Second baseman Will Rhymes turned around a slow start to the season this week as the Mud Hens did the same, going 5-2 for a 6-5 overall record.

Will Rhymes hit just 1-of-7 in the first two games this season and sat out the next two. Despite going a combined 0-for-8 in two of the games this week, he hit 12-of-21 in the other five games to improve his average from .143 to .361 with a .425 on-base percentage. Rhymes is second on the team with seven runs scored and third with five RBI.

The Hens improved their OBP to .322 but still rank near the bottom of the International League. Toledo continued its aggressive batting with 84 strikeouts this season compared to a league-low 24 walks.

Shortstop Brent Dlugach leads the league with 16 strikeouts and has walked just once, but he also leads the league in hits at 18-of-48 on the season.

Right fielder Brennan Boesch struck out eight times this week but hit 10 RBI and ranks second in the league with 13 on the season. He hit two home runs, the first a three-run blast in the third inning on his 25th birthday last Monday. Boesch was previously 0-for-7 in at-bats on his birthday. He generally starts slow in April with an average of .197 during the month in previous seasons.

Boesch is turning that stat around with a .333 average during his first April in the Triple-A. After leading the team with a .357 average last week, outfielder/first baseman Ryan Strieby lowered his average to .200, hitting just 2-of-21 this week with two RBI and sitting out the last two games.

Outfielder Clete Thomas was placed on the disabled list on Thursday with a left hamstring strain. He is 5-of-19 on the season with five runs scored. He leads the team with five stolen bases after recording three in last Monday's game.

Jay Sborz recorded three saves this week and leads the league with four total. He has allowed just three hits and no runs with one walk and six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings for a 0.75 WHIP. Reliever Daniel Schlereth (0-1) was tagged with his first loss on Wednesday, allowing one run on two hits and two walks in 1/3 innings in a 3-2 loss to Columbus.

Alfredo Figaro went 2-0 in his first two starts of the season, allowing three runs off nine hits and three walks in 10 1/3 innings with eight strikeouts.

The Mud Hens play at Indianapolis again at 7 p.m. tonight. They play at Louisville then next two games before returning home Thursday for a 6:30 p.m. game against Columbus.

Two streaks end on Saturday:

The Mud Hens went six-straight games without an error before recording one in the seventh inning on Saturday.

Infielder Danny Worth had an eight-game hit streak before going 0-for-3 in the 3-2 win at Indianapolis. Worth is 12-of-36 on the season with three RBI, three runs scored and two stolen bases.

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