Toledo MLN: K's Continue to Plague the Hens

The Mud Hens continued to struggle offensively this week with more strikeouts then hits for the second-consecutive week.

Toledo started and ended the week on two-game winning streaks with three-straight losses in between. They trail Columbus by three games in the IL West.

The Hens hit .234 for the week with 51 strikeouts to just 47 hits and 16 walks in 201 at-bats.

First baseman Jeff Larish and shortstop Brent Dlugach each recorded a team-high nine strikeouts in 23 at-bats this week. Larish had four hits with three runs scored, four RBI and two walks. Dlugach hit six times with three runs scored, two RBI and one walk. Outfielder Deik Scram struck out seven times, hitting just 1 of 9 with two RBI and two walks.

Outfielder Jeff Frazier had the most at-bats on the team this week but struggled to reach base, hitting 3 of 24 with four RBI, three runs, a home run, one walk and six strikeouts.

Outfielder Ryan Raburn was one of few bright spots on the offense, hitting 5-for-8 with three runs and two RBI in two games. His three doubles on Saturday tied the record at Fifth Third Field. He also excelled on defense, throwing two runners out yesterday from center field. Outfielder Ben Guez was the most consistent batter, hitting 9 for 17 with two RBI, two runs and his first career home run in Triple-A.

Closer Jay Sborz remained perfect with his ninth save in as many attempts. However, Scranton's Jonathan Albaladejo took over the lead in the IL with his 10th save.

Right-handed pitcher Phil Dumatrait (4-1) won both starts this week, allowing five runs (three earned) in 11 2/3 innings off seven hits and three walks with three strikeouts.

Notes: Top 3 American Idol finalist Crystal Bowersox threw out the first pitch and sang the National Anthem before Friday's game.

The team broke a Fifth Third Field attendance record with 13,200 fans on Friday. The previous record was 13,100 for the home opener in 2009. Relief pitcher Robbie Weinhardt (1-0) earned his first win of the season in three innings of relief yesterday, allowing two hits with one walk.

The Mud Hens honored longtime broadcaster Frank Gilhooley before yesterday's game.

Second baseman Danny Worth was called up by the Tigers and missed a game for the first time all season on Saturday.

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