6/5/09–Andrew Carpenter was on the hill to face Indianapolis in the final game of the four game series and looked outstanding once again in the 3-0 shutout ‘Pigs victory. Carpenter (4-0)went seven very strong, shutout innings giving up just four hits (3 singles). He walked two and struck out six. The game was tied at 0-0 until Rich THompson knocked in Jeremy Slayden on an RBI triple. Lehigh Valley added two more in the ninth on a John Mayberry RBI double, and David Newhan RBI single. Tyler Walker pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 3rd save. Thompson, Mayberry, and Marson all had two hits for Lehigh Valley, who took 3 out of 4 from Indianapolis.
6/6/09–On to Louisville for Lehigh Valley, who like the Phillies on Saturday blew a late lead in a 5-4 loss to the Bats. Lehigh Valley jumped out early on a two run double by Andy Tracy and an RBI single by Lou Marson, giving the ‘Pigs a 3-0 lead. Lehigh Valley gave one back in the bottom of the first, but tacked on another to make the lead 4-1 in the 3rd on Lou Marson’s second hit of the game, an RBI double. Louisville bounced back once again, this time with two runs in the fifth, to cut the lead to 4-3. After the rocky fifth, Kyle Kendrick settled down to retire the last 11 batters he faced (other than a Jason Donald error). Kendrick went 7 innings, giving up 3 runs on 7 hits. He walked one and struck out 2, throwing 67 of his 106 pitches for strikes. A two run homer in the 8th by Daniel Dorn off of Sergio Escalona (0-1) was the difference maker.
6/7/09–Solid starting pitching was wasted once again because of the ‘Pigs inability to score, this time resulting in a 4-1 loss to Louisville. Gustavo Chacin got the start and pitched fairly well, giving up 2 runs (1 earned) on 9 hits. He walked one and struck out three and the ‘Pigs were down 2-0 when he left after five. The ‘Bats added a third run in the 6th off of Gary Majewski and another in the 7th off of Steve Register to make it 4-0. Lehigh Valley scored a lone run in the 9th on Jeremy Slayden’s 4th homer of the year. Lou Marson’s bat continued showing signs of life with his second multi hit game in three nights.
Notes: With Andrew Carpenters’ recent excellence on the mound(2 earned runs in over 27 innings of work since his major league start), he is keeping Antonio Bastardo’s major league margin for error very close to none. Even with how well Bastardo pitched in his first outing, I wouldnt be at all surprised to see Carpenter called up for a start if the right matchup presented itself. Right handed hitters average against Bastardo is much higher then lefties. If a righty laden lineup was approaching, I believe Carpenter would be on the hill.
—Jason Donald had a tough weekend, going 0-12 with 2 errors.
–Pablo Ozuna has to leave Fridays’ game after he sliced his middle finger while trying to apply a tag at second base. He needed stitches and will be out about a week.
—Carlos Carrasco and Kyle Kendrick each have four consecutive “quality starts”.
—Miguel Cairo has a 11 game hitting streak, and has hit in 16 of 17 since joining the ‘Pigs..
–Lou Marson wore uniform #6 rather than his typical #4 on Saturday evening and immediately got 2 hits, with 2 RBI’s to go along. Not that I am superstitious.
—Jason Donald had his second two error game in his last 5 games played on Saturday night in Louisville.