After a dismal 1-5 week, Lehigh Valley now stands at 11-7 and in 2nd place of the Northern Division of the International League, 2.5 games behind division leading Pawtucket. The ‘Pigs, who are in the midst of a three game losing streak began a long 14 game home stand last evening against Buffalo.
‘Pigs Leaders: Hitting: Rich Thompson is 9th in SB (3); Scott Podsednik is 10th in SB (3);
Pitching:Scott Elarton is 2nd in ERA (0.56); Phillipe Aumont is tied for the league lead in saves (4); Pat Misch is 2nd in HR allowed (5).
Pigs Prospects–Austin Hyatt has been good early on making 4 starts and going 2-1 with a 2.53 ERA in 21.1IP. Opponents are hitting .265 against him, righties hitting him at a .244 clip. Hyatt is walking 3.8/9 and striking out 6.8/9.
Michael Schwimer has generally been extremely effective with a rocky outing thrown in. In 7 appearances, Schwimer is 1-0 with a 1.04 ERA and has earned two saves. The opposition is hitting .250 against him and his K rate is holding steady above 9 per nine innings. His three walks allowed in 8.2 innings of work is a bit more than Schwimer has traditionally allowed.
Derrick Mitchell has played all three OF positions and played them well despite an early .229/.296/.313 batting line. Mitchell has 1 HR and 6 RBI in his 48 AB’s to go along with a 8%bb/25%k rate. Mitchell has struggled early on with RISP (2-17).
Next week: Brown, Diekman, Aumont, Overbeck.
Probables: Tuesday: Elarton; Wednesday: Bush; Thursday: Hyatt; Friday: Misch
Notes: Lehigh Valley is hitting just .228 as a team and are an abysmal .207 with RISP.
–Scott Elarton has allowed just 1ER in his three starts. His ERA stands at 0.56
–Lehigh Valley starters are a combined 8-6 with a 2.88 ERA in the early going.
–Derrick Mitchell has both of the LV outfield assists thus far.
Transactions: With Cliff Lee landing on the DL, LHP Joe Savery was called back up to Philadelphia. With the 12 active pitchers, C John Suomi was activated from the DL where he was suffering from a knee contusion.
–INF Mike Fontenot was activated after being signed as a free agent and spending a week in Extended Spring training. He started at 2B last night and went 2-4. To make room on the roster, INF Joe Thurston was released.