An abbreviated Lehigh Valley report as they head into the all star break…
Lehigh Valley heads into the all star break at 52-39, and in first place of the Northern Division of the International League, 1.5 games in front of second place Pawtucket. Over the last 10 games, Lehigh Valley is 6-4 and pick things up after the break on Thursday where they begin an 8 game road trip in Norfolk, followed by a stop in Durham. Having been completely decimated by a combination of injuries and call ups, the ‘Pigs position atop the division is a true testament to their Manager Ryne Sandberg, and his coaching staffs insistence on playing the game the right way.
Stats: Kevin Frandsen leads the league in AB’s (338); hits (99), and doubles (29); Cody Overbeck is 5th in doubles (22); Kyle Hudson is 7th in SB’s (17); Tyler CLoyd is 3rd in wins(8),3rd in WHIP (0.95); and leads the league in ERA (2.01): Pat Misch is 2nd in losses (10), tied for the lead in starts (18) and is 3rd in HR allowed (14); Scott Elarton has the 6th worst ERA (5.10) and 7th worst WHIP (1.56); Phillipe Aumont is 9th in saves (10); Tom Cochran has allowed the 10th most walks (39).
Probables: Thur: Elarton; Fri: Misch; Saturday: Rosenberg
Notes: Tyler Cloyd has gone at least 6 innings in 17 of his 18 starts (5.2IP in the other). He will be the starting pitcher in the All Star game Wednesday for the IL.
–Lehigh Valley already has 9 walk off victories, 2 more than in any previous year.
–BJ Rosenberg appears to have been moved out of the bullpen and into the rotation. With Matt Wright coming off the DL, stay tuned to see if this is a permanent move.
–Scott Elarton is now 0-5 with a 7.64ERA in his last 9 starts. His days may be numbered in Lehigh Valley.
–Tyson Brummett has not allowed an earned run in his last 13.2IP.
–Domonic Brown has been sent down to the Carpenter Complex in CLearwater to continue his rehab on his injured knee.
Transactions: Last Tuesday: INF Jeremy Barnes was promoted from Clearwater and C Bob Stumpo was promoted from Lakewood. Last Wednesday, Bob Stumpo was sent down to Reading. Last Friday, 1B/3B Hector Luna was optioned to Lehigh Valley from Philadelphia. Last Saturday, INF Jeremy Barnes was sent to Clearwater. Last Sunday, P Matt Wright was activated from the DL.