This weeks report a day early as I prepare for a trip to Las Vegas tomorrow…The ‘Pigs now stand at 26-48, in last place in the Northern Division, 18 games back of Scranton. Since the last report, Lehigh Valley has lost 4 out of 5 games including a 4 game sweep by Pawtucket.
Mike Cervenak remains among hitting leaders in at bats (3rd with 269), runs (7th with 45), and hits (1st with 83). Andy Tracy continues his climb among hitting leaders. He is 8th in RBIS’s (44), 3rd in walks (38), and 10th in on base percentage (.390). Among pitching leaders, Brian Mazone is 5th in wins (7), 9th in ERA (3.12), first in innings pitched (98.0), and 4th in WHIP (1.09). James Happ is first in strikeouts (90), 8th in homers allowed (11), and 5th in innings pitched (88.0). Matt Childers is now 4th in the league in saves with 9. Continue reading
In a game featuring the best of the best, Lakewood clearly demonstrated that it has players that can clearly play with the best of them. Michael Taylor, who began the game batting cleanup went 2-5, with an RBI double. Any doubt about Michael Durant‘s ability to come back from injury? Forget it – as the North’s DH, Durant went 2-5, scoring twice and hitting a two-run homerun in the 8th inning. Joel Naughton came in for the North in the 7th inning, to go 1-2 while scoring a run. From a defensive standpoint, it is worth noting that four of the six hitters to come to the plate while Naughton was catching struck out. The performance only helped to cement Naughton’s place as the top defensive catcher in the SAL. On the year, Naughton has caught twenty-seven would-be stealers, at a 46.6% rate, ranking hiim first among all catchers in the SAL.
Drew Naylor was named the game’s Most Outstanding Pitcher. On a night where no pitcher threw more than one inning, Naylor made his count, throwing a perfect inning in the 6th. After inducing a ground-out for the first out, Naylor struck out the rest of the side in earning the award.
The short season leagues are getting under way, which means one more scoreboard to watch every night, and a slew of prospects both new and old to add to the radar screen. Williamsport kicked off their season with a 4-3 loss to Mahoning Valley, the Indians short season affiliate. Freddy Ballestas started, going 5 innings and allowing 3 runs, 2 earned on 7 hits with 2 walks and 3 strikeouts, while getting 8 groundballs and 4 fly balls. Travis d’Arnaud opened up 3/4, and newly drafted Brandon Haislet went 2/5 out of the leadoff spot. It will be interesting to see how the lineup is rotated to get everyone reps, but tonight’s configuration is likely to be the “normal” lineup.