Toledo MLN: Offense Hits the Skids

The Mud Hens had more strikeouts than hits this week, going just 52-for-204 at the plate while striking out 53 times as the team's offense struggled along for the first time this season.

The poor hitting translated into a 3-3 record and the Hens first series loss on the road this season. Toledo went 1-3 at Norfolk, winning 10-3 on Saturday and losing the other three games by a combined score of 19-10.

Outfielders Clete Thomas and Casper Wells accounted for 22 of the team's strikeouts with seven walks. Wells hit 3-for-22 without any runs or RBI and struck out 12 times. Thomas continues to struggle at the plate as he returns from injury but regained some of his power. He hit 5-for-22 with three home runs, five runs scored and a team-high 10 RBI with 10 strikeouts.

The majority of Thomas' production came in Saturday's win. He went 3-for-5 with two home runs and a triple for four RBI.

First baseman Jeff Larish was ejected on Saturday for arguing with the umpire. He had a productive week offensively, hitting 6-for-16 with a home run, five runs scored and two RBI. Second baseman Will Rhymes had a hit in the first five games of the week but went 0 for 4 on Sunday, finishing 6 of 27 with two runs scored and two RBI.

Outfielder Jeff Frazier had team highs in hits and runs scored this week, finishing 9-for-24 with a home run, six runs scored and five RBI. Second baseman Danny Worth finished just behind him, hitting 8-for-24 with a home run, five runs scored and four RBI.

Shortstop Brent Dlugach registered a hit in five of the six games, going 6-for-26 with four runs scored and seven strike outs.

Catcher Angel Flores played well in limited action with Mike Rabelo on the DL, hitting 3-for-8 with two RBI in two games.

Right-hander Armando Galarraga had his worst game of the season on Thursday, allowing seven earned runs on six hits and three walks with four strikeouts in four innings.

Closer Jay Sborz gave up a run for the first time this season and was tagged with the loss on Friday, raising his ERA from 0 to 0.90 in ten innings. He remains perfect in save attempts, picking up his league-leading eighth save last Tuesday.

Notes:

The Mud Hens honored Ernie Harwell with a moment of silence after the fourth inning in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader.

Left-handed relief pitcher Daniel Schlereth (1-1) earned his first win on Tuesday, allowing one hit and two walks in two innings with three strikeouts.


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