Toledo sluggers lead Tigers in wins over ChicagoWritten by Toledo Free Press Staff Writers | | email@example.com
The Dirty Birds have taken a liking to the Tiger Den, as two Toledo Mud Hens have shined during call-ups to the team’s parent organization, the Detroit Tigers. Infielder Mike Hessman and outfielder Ryan Raburn have both contributed in helping the Tigers secure two wins in Chicago during a five-game set with the American League Central Division rival White Sox July 23 to 26.
Raburn led a hit parade July 25 in Detroit’s 13-9 win over Chicago by driving in seven runs on four hits, two of which were home runs. Raburn’s seven RBIs were one shy of the club’s record of eight, set by Jim Northrup. Raburn made the emergency start for Gary Sheffield, who was scratched from the lineup.
Since being called up by the Tigers July 6, Raburn has gone 10-for-24 in 10 games, driving in 10 runs and hitting three round-trippers. Raburn’s only other stint in the major leagues came for Detroit in 2004 when he hit a dismal .138 in 29 plate appearances.
Hessman, who was promoted to Detroit July 23 due to an injury to Marcus Thames, is hitting a solid .333 in his three appearances for the Tigers. Hessman drove in the go-ahead runs on a bloop single in Detroit’s 9-6 win over Chicago July 23. Hessman homered in the Tigers’ 8-7 loss July 24.
This is the third appearance in the major leagues for Hessman, his other two being in 2003 and 2004 for the Atlanta Braves. Hessman has a career batting average of .186 in 102 plate appearances in the bigs.