Lehigh Valley goes into the all star break having lost two out of three this weekend, and witha record of 43-47, nine games behind division leading Scranton, in fifth place of the Northern Division of the IL.
7/10/09–A disappointing 5-4 loss to Scranton, with Gary Majewski (0-4) imploding in the 8th inning to take the loss. Kyle Kendrick started and pitched six shutout innings before hitting the 7th inning speed bump, allowing 3 runs. His final line: 6.1 IP, 5H 3 ER 2BB 4K. The ‘Pigs carried a 1-0 lead into the seventh, at which point things started going downhill for the ‘Pigs quickly. Mike Cervenak (2-4) got the scoring going with a 4th inning homer (6), After the Yanks three spot, LVbounced back with 2 runs in the 8th and one in the 9th, but it wasn’t enough to hold off Scranton. Lou Marson had yet another multi hit game going 3-4. Miguel Cairo also added 2 hits for the ‘Pigs.
7/11/09–LehighValley bounced back Saturday with a 7-5 road win over Rochester. Rochester jumped on ‘Pigs starter Brian Mazone with a four run third inning giving them a 4-0 lead. Mazone left after four, having given up those 4 runs on six hits. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out three. The game remained 4-0 until the ‘Pigs put up a six spot in the sixth inning, the key blow being a JJ Furmaniak grand slam, his 4th homer of the year. Lehigh Valley added another run in the 7th and held on for the 7-5 win. Jake Woods (5-1) got the win in relief, while Steven Register earned his 4th save of the year by pitching 2 scoreless innings. Both Terry Tiffee (3-5,r) and David Newhan (3-3, 2RBI) had huge nights for Lehigh Valley, while Mike Cervenak added 2 hits as well.
7/12/09–Rochester bounced back to win Game Two of the quick two game series on Sunday 5-3, splitting the games with the IronPigs. Carlos Carrasco was on the mound looking to bounce back from an awful outing his last start, and had a decent start, going 6.2 innings, and giving up 3 runs on 6 hits. His control was much better, walking just one and striking out six. His issue of the day was the home run ball, of which he gave up two. Cedric Bowers, (2-2), who has been excellent almost all year took the loss in relief for the ‘Pigs. Rochester knocked solo homers in both the first and third innings, while the ‘Pigs kept the game close by scoring two in the second on a two run error. The game stayed tied at 2 until the seventh when back to back doubles drove Carrasco out of the game, giving thr Red Wings the 3-2 lead. An RBI double by David Newhan tied the game back up at three, however two runs by ROchester in the 8th iced the win. Newhan had a big game going 3-4 and Mike Cervenak had his third consecutive multi hit game for Lehigh Valley.
Transactions: Reliever Francisco Butto was sent down to Reading for the weekend to give them an extra arm as they lost both Kyle Drabek and Yohan FLande to the Futures Game.
Notes: Fridays start was Kendrick’s 8th quality start in his last 10 starts.
Sergio Escalona has allowed 1 ER in his last 9LV appearances
Andy Tracy was selected to participate in the International League Home Run derby.
Reliever Steven Register has not allowed an earned run in his last 7 appearances.
Expect to see Jason Donald back in the ‘Pigs lineup, absent a setback, sometime next weekend.