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Pitching carries Mud Hens during playoffs

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    Manager Larry Parrish doesn't know what to expect from his Mud Hens from game to game.

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    Colby Lewis will start tonight for the Mud Hens in Rochester. The Toledo staff has posted a 2.15 ERA so far during the playoffs.

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Colby Lewis will start tonight for the Mud Hens in Rochester. The Toledo staff has posted a 2.15 ERA so far during the playoffs.

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The team of streaks is on a hot one right now.

The Mud Hens' run has propelled them all the way into the Governors' Cup finals for the second consecutive year.

Toledo faces Rochester in a five-game series, and in Game 1 tonight at Frontier Field in Rochester, N.Y., it's as much of a mystery to Hens manager Larry Parrish as anyone else what will happen.

"This club's like Forrest Gump," Parrish said. "It's a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get."

One thing the Hens have had in the postseason so far is good pitching - a team ERA of 2.15. And Toledo's bullpen hasn't given up a run in 21 playoff innings.

The Mud Hens are looking to win their third Governors' Cup. The most recent time an IL team won back-to-back International League titles was in 2002-03, when Durham won twice.

The winner of the series will play in the "Bricktown Showdown," a game against the Pacific Coast League champion, on Sept. 19 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

"This is great,'' Rochester manager Stan Cliburn told the Rochester Democrat-Chronicle, "but we're only halfway there."

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Manager Larry Parrish doesn't know what to expect from his Mud Hens from game to game.

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Cliburn is trying to become the first Wings manager to win the Cup in his rookie season.

Right-hander Colby Lewis (6-7, 3.96 ERA) will start for the Hens tonight. In the Hens' one-game playoff against Indianapolis a week ago, Lewis gave up just four hits and no runs in seven innings to get the win.

For Rochester, right-hander Mike Smith (11-5, 3.88) will start Game 1. The rest of the Red Wings' rotation will be determined today.

Chad Durbin and Eulogio De La Cruz will be the starters for Toledo in Games 2 and 3, respectively.

Game 2 is tomorrow, and the series comes to Fifth Third Field on Thursday for Game 3. Games 4 and 5, if necessary, will be Friday and Saturday.

Both teams won their first playoff series 3-1, with the series concluding on Saturday. The Hens arrived in Rochester yesterday after spending Sunday night in Harrisburg, Pa., and went through a workout.

Toledo beat Charlotte despite hitting just .184 in the playoffs. Two major contributors during the year are struggling in the postseason - Ryan Ludwick is 1-for-21 in the playoffs and

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