Lehigh Valley is down to the last 13 games of the season after a 3-1 loss last night and are currently 67-63 and in 4th place of the Northern DIvision of the International League, 4.5 games behind division leading Rochester and 3.5 games behind Pawtucket in the wild card race.. With their loss last night, Lehigh Valley is 7-4 over their last 11 games. After an off day today, the ‘Pigs play Buffalo seven straight games, the first four in Buffalo, followed by three in Lehigh Valley.
News and Notes:Perci Garner won his AAA debut on Monday evening going 5.2innings and giving up 2 runs on 6 hits. He walked 2 and struck out 7 and looked quite impressive, taking a shutout into the 6th inning.
–In his last 14 AAA games, JC Ramirez is 3-0 with a 1.31ERA and 4 saves and has struck out 19 in 20.2innings.
–Pete Orr is hitting .375 over his last 18 games.
–Tyson Gillies has been hot, hitting .400 over his last 8 games.
–In the past 14 games, the Lehigh Valley bullpen is 2-2 with 4 saves and a 1.83ERA.
–Even with a 18-19 record over the last 37 games, Lehigh Valley starting pitching has posted a 2.25ERA.
–RP Mauricio Robles has a 14 inning scoreless streak and had back to back saves on Friday and Saturday.
–SP David Buchanan had quality starts in each of his 3 starts for the IronPigs.
–’Pigs Prospects: Cameron Rupp has hit safely in 13 of his last 15 games (.356, 3HR 10RBI) and is at .325 over his last 22 games. Very productive offense to go along with a 38% caught stealing rate has put Rupp on course to certainly be the Phils #3 catcher next season if not the backup.
Phillipe Aumont continues to be inconsistent with a horrible outing followed by a decent outing. In his last 8 games, Aumont is 0-2 with a 5.40ERA and a blown save. His control remains the primary issue as during that time span, he walked 10 in 10IP. He also struck out 13 during that same time frame.
Freddy Galvis had a 41 game errorless streak snapped last week and has made just 3 errors since being sent down to AAA. He has been adequate with the bat, hovering around .250, and has hit .272 over the last 38 games he has played after hitting just .190 in his first 11 after being send down.
Transactions: Last Friday, RP BJ Rosenberg was called up to Philadelphia; On Monday, INF Miguel Abreu was promoted from Lakewood and SP Perci Garner was promoted fro Clearwater; On Tuesday, SP Tyler CLoyd was promoted to Philadelphia and SP Raul Valdes was optioned from Philadelphia to Lehigh Valley.
Probables: Thur: Buchanan; Fri: Smith; Sat: Morgan; Sun: Cochran