Toledo MLN: Hovering Around .500

The Mud Hens continue to battle injuries and their own inconsistency as they hover just over .500 on the season.

Toledo is 13-12 after losing the last three games at home, going 3-4 the past week.

Outfielder Clete Thomas has struggled more than any player lately for Toledo. He was given the day off on Sunday after hitting 1-for-24 in the previous seven games with two runs scored, five walks and 12 strike outs since returning from a hamstring injury.

Shortstop Brent Dlugach had a solo home run and four runs scored but struggled at the plate, hitting 7-of-29 with a team-high nine strike outs and only one walk.

Second baseman Will Rhymes and catcher Robinzon Diaz were the only two batters without a strike out for the week. Diaz struggled in four games however, hitting just 2-for-15 with one run scored. Rhymes was one of Toledo's most consistent batters, hitting in six of the seven games and finishing the week 11-of-30 with three runs scored and three walks. He is second in the International League with 32 hits and had an eight-game hitting streak before going 0-5 on Saturday. Outfielder Deik Scram ended a six-game hitting streak on Saturday. He was 5-for-20 this week with two runs scored, three RBI, four walks and six strikeouts.

The Hens most consistent batter over the past two weeks is outfielder Jeff Frazier, who has recorded a hit in 16 of the last 17 games. He was 9-of-28 for the week with four runs scored and four RBI.

Catcher Mike Rabelo was placed on the DL yesterday with a left knee injury. He was 2-of-10 for the week with a home run and five RBI. The Hens added Angel Flores for depth at catcher.

Right-handed pitcher Armando Galarraga (3-2) recorded a season-high eight strikeouts in his one start for the week, allowing two runs off eight hits and two walks in seven innings for a 2-1 loss. He is sixth in the IL with a 2.30 ERA this season. Toledo leads the IL with a 3.12 ERA.

Right-handed pitchers Enrique Gonzalez (1-3) and Alfredo Figaro (3-1) were each hot in one start and cold in the other this week. Gonzalez allowed one run in a win and seven runs in a loss. He pitched 11 1/3 innings, allowing 14 hits with three walks and six strikeouts. Figaro pitched seven scoreless innings in his first start, allowing just five hits and a walk with seven strikeouts on Tuesday. He had his first loss of the season on Sunday, allowing four runs off eight hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. He still showed good control in the loss, recording 73 strikeouts in 99 pitches.

Closer Jay Sborz (1-0) earned his first win of the season this week and still leads the IL with seven saves. He's allowed no runs and five hits in 9.1 innings this season with four walks and 10 strikeouts.

Notes:
Larry Parrish coached his 1,000th game for the Hens on Thursday. The only manager to coach more games for Toledo is Cal Ermer with 1,115. Parrish is 512-490 overall.


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