Iron Pigs Report

A difficult week for Lehigh Valley as they went 1-6, falling to 49-71 on the year, 24 games behind division leading Scranton in the Northern Division of the International league.  The ‘Pigs are struggling with a makeshift lineup and pitching staff as they have recently lost several key players to various consequences including call ups (Cervenak, Walrond, Happ), Olympics (Green, Swindle), Japan (Ennis), and the DL(King).  Between all of those variables Lehigh Valley has lost 25% of their team over the passed two weeks or so.  League leaders still include several ‘Pigs not on the current roster.  Hitting leaders include Mike Cervenak who is leading the league in average (.320), and 6th in the league in hits (124). Brandon Watson is 7th in the league in hits (124).  Rich THompson is 10th in the league in stolen bases (24).  Andy Tracy is 8th in OBP (.380), 5th in walks (57), 4th in RBI’s (74), and 3rd in doubles (28). Les Walrond leads the league in ERA (2.61, is second in complete games (2), and tied for the league lead in shutouts(2). JA Happ is 7th in ERA (3.30), second in strikeouts (127), and 4th in WHIP (1.18).  Brian Mazone is 6th in homers allowed (17), 3rd in innings (141), and 2nd in starts (23).  Matt Childers is 3rd in the league with 19 saves.

JD Durbins’s (0-6) struggles at the AAA level continued last Friday as he lasted only an inning giving up 8 runs on 7 hits in a 12-1 blowout loss to Norfolk.  Not much else to talk about in this game only to briefly mention that Gary Knotts came in and also had a rough day giving up 4 runs in his 3 innings.  Nothing notable offensively either.

The offense was absent again on Saturday evening in a 4-1 loss to Rochester, managing the lone run on 6 hits.  The only ‘Pigs run came on an RBI single by Mike Rouse in the 4th inning.  Travis Blackley started and took the loss, going 6.1 innings and giving up 4 runs on 4 hits.  He walked 3 and struck out 4.  Twins prospect Phil Humber worked 8 impressive innings striking out 9 ‘Pigs.  Joey Hammond had 2 hits for Lehigh Valley.

On Sunday evening, Lehigh Valley, beat Rochester 5-3 in Carlos Carrasco’s debut with the Iron Pigs.  Carrasco went 6.2 innings, giving up 2 runs (none earned) on 5 hits.  he walked 2 and struck out 4.  John Ennis (4-3) picked up the win in relief and Matt Childers earned his 19th save.   Andy Tracy was 3-4 with a double, run, and RBI, leading the offense.  Brandon Watson, Oscar Robles, Mike Rouse, and Joey Hammond all added 2 hits for the ‘Pigs.

Monday evening brought a 4-3 loss to Rochester in a rocky performance by Brian Mazone. Mazone (9-9) worked in an out of trouble all night and it finally caught up to him in the 5th inning when Rochester scored 3 runs.  Mazone left having gone 7 innings and gave up 4 runs on 11 hits.  He didnt walk a batter and struck out 5.  The ‘Pigs bounced back in the 5th on homers by Brandon Watson (2) and Jason Jaramillo (8), but the Red Wings added another run in the 7th to take a 4-2 lead.  Lehigh Valley was able to get one back in the 9th  on a sacrifice fly by Chris Snelling but the game ended with the bases loaded as Jason jaramillo grounded out.  Offensively, Oscar Robles (4-4), Brandon Watson (3-5), and Jason Jaramillo (2-5), all had big nights for the ‘Pigs.

The game on Tuesday night was rained out and is being made up as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday.  In Game One on Wednesday, the third consecutive solid effort by Kris Benson was wasted as he pitched 6 innings and gave up only 2 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits, in the 3-2 loss.  JD Durbin (0-7) took the loss for the ‘Pigs who played a sloppy game which included 3 errors.  The Lehigh Valley offense came on Jon Knott’s 17th homer of the year.  Both Brandon Watson and Joey Hammond added 2 hits.

In the nightcap, the offense was completely non-existant (2 hits) in a 5-0 loss to Rochester.  Gary Knotts (2-4) got a spot start and went 5 innings, giving up 5 runs on 6 hits.  He walked 2 and struck out 5.  Brandon Watson and TJ Bohn managed the only hits off of Rochester starter Tom Shearn.

An embarrassing effort by Travis Blackley (5-9) led to the 4th consecutive loss by Lehigh Valley 11-7 to Rochester,  Blackley went 3.2 innings and gave up 15 hits and 10 runs (all earned).  The offense welcomed back Andy Tracy who had 4 hits, including his 18th homer.  Jon Knott also added his 18th homer of the year for the ‘Pigs. Both Knott and TJ Bohn had 2 hits apience for lehigh Valley.

Notes: The 12-1 loss last Friday was the worst loss in franchise history.

Pat Gillick, Dave Montgomery and Ruben Amaro all attended the ‘Pigs 5-3 last Sunday over Rochester, watching the first start of Carlos Carrasco.

Andy Tracy missed Wednesdays’ doubleheader following root canal surgery.

–The Iron Pigs lost back to back series for the first time since the beginning of May.

–OF Rich Thompson has stolen 19 consecutive bases without being caught.

Kris Benson is 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA in his last 4 starts.

Transactions: The contract of relief pitcher John Ennis, was sold to Samseung of the Japanese league.  Ennis, who struggled during the first half of the season, was a critical member of the bullpen in the second half who both pitched effectively and are up some innings.  He will be a loss with the already depleted bullpen(Swindle and Green, in the Olympics)

–It appears as if JA Happ is being sent back down to Lehigh Valley to make room on the roster for newly acquired Scott Eyre. The only real logic appears to be that Walrond has some relief experience, while Happ has next to none.  I am sure the Phillies “braintrust” would like to get Happ regular work.  Happ was 0-0 with a 5.54 ERA in 3 appearances for the Phillies.

40 man roster report: 2B/SS Oscar Robles– .264 BA, 2 HR 24 RBI, .341 OBP, 6 errors.  C Jason Jaramillo– .261 BA, 8 HR 35 RBI, .325 OBP, 15 errors, 21% runners thrown out.  Chris Snelling .226 BA in very limited action.  OF TJ Bohn .212 BA, 4 HR 17 RBI, .277 OBP. P Joe Bisenius 0-2, 6.92 ERA, 2.00 WHIP, 12 BB, 10K, 9 appearences.

16 thoughts on “Iron Pigs Report

  1. Nice to see that the Pigs only win of the week came in Carrasco’s debut. I’m trying to find the silver lining here!

  2. A very difficult week to find any silver lining….Carrasco and Benson pitched well. That wraps it up for the silver lining.

  3. We seem to have quite a lot of good prospects. As many or more than the last few years that I have been following the minors, but most of our teams are just doing horrible in the standings. It is a bit puzzling.

  4. Two things first its shouldn’t be about wins and losses in the minors. The team may not be winning but could have five or six prospect which would be good. In the case of our teams lehigh valley is a disgrace, filled with career minors leaguer. Reading has some nice players ,donald carrasco [who is now at triple a].Garcia,and some others. the clearwater team is where I think you can start to judge prospect it seems where we can get a feel for a prospect the other levels most of our prospect are at lower levels than they should be they are older college players who shouldn’t be at williamsport or gcl if they are not org. fillers.

  5. What has happened to Bisenius? My god how his star has fallen.

    Is it me, or does anyone else get the feeling that Jaramillo could easily replace Ruiz? The FO must really think that Ruiz is having such a positive impact on the pitchers or why else would they keep him. One of these 2 catchers has to go next yr, but which one?

  6. I was wondering the same thing about Bisensius From Section 113. I guess the fork is in him, he’s done. He’s topped out as a AAAA reliever.

    I think Jaramillo gets traded, Ruiz and Coste return and Marson to AAA, ready to get called up if either of the incumbent stumble.

  7. i dont see how rich thompson could be any worse as a ph/pr than taguchi is for the phils now. even if he is a AAAA hitter, we need a guy who can steal a base late in the game. last year we had bourn, and this year our prs are bruntlett and taguchi, and they dont even have speed!

  8. The Phillies pitchers LOVE pitching to Ruiz…especially Hamels and Moyer…therefore he’s not going anywhere. He has one of the better cERA’s in all of baseball (6th in the majors)

  9. Rocky, I agree that wins and losses are not of paramount importance in the minors but as a fan, it’s hard to open that box score everyday. LHV doesn’t have a bunch of prospects but it has guys who can help the big club in a pinch. Dan mentioned Thompson. Bohn actually filled in very nicely as a defensive replacement for Burrell for a while. Happ will be waiting anxiously for his next shot. Watson deserves a look and could be useful as a brief fill-in. Cervanek is already there filling in for Feliz. He had a hit the other night.

    Would I like to have our top 5 prospects at AAA? You bet but for now career AAAA guys can be valuable. Unfortunately they aren’t exactly filling the standings with wins. About a month ago, the Pigs were 2nd in league attendance. Now they’re 4th. I applaude the fans that go to the games but I haven’t driven out of my way to see them play.

  10. Let’s focus on something positive. Michael Taylor has his average up to .297 after the awful start when they jumped him and we can absolutely say that his star is on the rise after this season. He’s a 5 tool guy with college exp that could continue to rise quickly. I have to assume he’ll be in the Arizona Fall league and if he does well there, he’ll get an invite to the big league camp and start at Reading next year with an eye towards moving up. He has to have a top 10 spot in our prospect list at this point and that’s a huge jump from where he was.

  11. Was Michael Taylor a little like howard. Not in the power deptment,But did he have a swing like howard. I think the term is loop in the swing.

  12. You can say that it isn’t about wins and losses, but at the end of the day if you really think our players are better than the other teams players, then we should be winning more games. I think it just goes to show that the Phillies prospects, as a whole, are not as good as the rest of the league.

  13. Well Happ in his first start back just was dominate, I really, really think He’s ready unfortunately for himm every one on the big club has been pitching well recently. Last nights line
    Happ 6.0Ip 2hits 1bb 10k

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