Advance Scout: Toledo Mud Hens

vs. MUD HENS: This series marks the second meeting between the Bisons and Mud Hens this season. Buffalo took 2-of-4 versus Toledo at Coca-Cola Field in late May. Former Hen, Mike Hessman hit a game-winning homer on Kids Day (5/24) to open the series. The Bisons won game two before dropping the final two of the set.

Since rejoining the IL in 1998, the Bisons have handled the Mud Hens to the tune of 55-45 record, that includes a 28-24 record at home and 27-21 record in Toledo. Last year, Toledo won the season series, 6-2, over the Herd. Both of Buffalo’s victories came at Coca-Cola Field.

Upcoming Probables for Toledo vs Buffalo
7/23 LHP Andrew Oliver (NR) vs. RHP Dillon Gee (9-5, 4.51)
7/24 RHP L.J. Gagnier (3-4, 3.56) vs. RHP Tobi Stoner (5-7, 5.51)
7/25 RHP Alfredo Figaro (8-6, 4.18) vs. RHP Ramon Ortiz (1-2, 5.34)
7/26 RHP Scot Drucker (3-4, 5.34) vs. LHP Pat Misch (9-4, 3.56)

RED CARPET TREATMENT: Buffalo 3B Mike Hessman, who spent five seasons (2005-2009) with the Mud Hens, returns to Fifth Third Field this weekend for the Bisons’ only visit to Toledo on the year. Hessman will be honored on the field before the game on Sunday.

IL Honor: OF/1B Jeff Frazier was named IL Batter of the Week for the period from July 15-18. Frazier led the International League with three home runs and a 1.286 slugging percentage in the recently completed All-Star shortened week. He was also second in the IL with eight hits and a .571 batting average. After appearing in the Triple-A All-Star Game Wednesday as the starting left fielder for the International League, Frazier was 0-2 on Thursday at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He then proceeded to go 8-12 in the remaining three games of the series, blasting three home runs, driving in six runs, and scoring four more. Frazier is now 2nd in the League this season with 20 homers and 62 RBI while leading the IL in extra-base hits.

Hens Eggs: INF Will Rhymes is batting .365 (38×104) with 10 doubles, three triples, two home runs and 12 RBI over his last 25 games…1B/OF Ryan Strieby has hit safely in 16 of his last 19 games, batting .293 (22×75) with seven doubles, a home run and eight RBI…1B/OF Jeff Frazier is hitting .417 (10×24) with a twos doubles, four home runs and 10 RBI over his last seven games…RHP Brendan Wise has posted a 0.79 ERA (11.1IP/1ER) over his last six outings.

Can They Make It Six Straight? Toledo finished the 2009 season with a winning record for the fifth straight year. The streak breaks a number of franchise and league records. Toledo’s longest such streak was six straight seasons (1896-1901). The Hens’ streak continues the current International League best. The longest stretch of .500 or better seasons was held by Buffalo from 1995-2008 (13 straight seasons). However, the Bisons relinquished that streak in 2008 to Toledo, who carry the torch to 2010.

Miscellaneous Fun Facts:
-This season, the Mud Hens have 3 walk-off victories.

-The Mud Hens are 214-64 (76.98%) all-time when scoring first at Fifth Third Field (13-7 in 2010).

-This season, Toledo has 15 come-from-behind wins and has lost 23 games when leading at any point in the game.

-The Hens are 279-11 (96.21%) in the history of Fifth Third Field when taking a lead into the ninth inning (33-1 in 2008, 29-2 in 2009, 15-2 in 2010).

Looking back at the Bisons & Mud Hens series:
5/30: TOL 8, BUF 7
GAME RECAP: Hens edge Herd

5/29: TOL 5, BUF 4
GAME RECAP: Comeback falls short

5/28: BUF 7, TOL 3
GAME RECAP: Gee & a blast lead to win

5/27: BUF 8, TOL 7
GAME RECAP: Hessmans heroics in Buffalo win

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