Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

First off, a very interesting pitching matchup Friday night in Allentown.  Pedro Martinez vs. Carlos Carrasco.  Who woulda thought? Look for a live blog of the action tonight (whether permitting).

The climb to .500 and above continues to be a difficult one for Lehigh Valley as a slew of roster moves and trades have the team wondering who will be in the locker room each night.  Despite the roster turmoil, the ‘Pigs did manage a 3-4 week (could have been worse) and are in 3rd place of the Northern Division of the IL at 51-54, 7.5 games out of first (6.5 out of the wild card).  This weeks look at hitting leaders includes Andy Tracy who is 9th in runs (55), 5th in homers (17), 3rd in RBI’s (60), and leads the league in walks(51).  Rich Thompson is 9th in the league in steals with 19.  On the hill, Andrew Carpenter is 4th in the league in Wins (8), 9th in ERA (2.71) and 10th in the league in WHIP (1.19), Kyle Kendrick is 2nd in the league in starts (20) and 2nd in the league in IP (118.2).

Week in Review-

07/27/09–The AAA debut for Tyson Brummett was not pretty in the Lehigh Valley 7-2 loss to Gwinnett, concluding their 8 game road trip at 3-5.  Brummett was hit hard early and lasted just 4 innings, giving up 6 runs (5 earned) on 7 hits.  He walked one and struck out 3.  The ‘Pigs were down 6-0 after 4 innings and were unable to make up any ground in the eventual 7-2 loss. Andy Tracy hit his 16th homer of the year, a two run shot, which accounted for the Lehigh Valley runs.  Mike Cervenak has 2 hits for Lehigh Valley.

07/28/09–Lehigh Valley returned home on Tuesday night, and got a nice performance from starter Gustavo Chacin (6-3), who went 6 innings, giving up a run on 4 hits.  He walked 3 and struck out 2.  The ‘Pigs opened the scoring in the 3rd on a Terry Tiffee (3) solo homer and added two more runs in the 4th on RBI singles by Rich Thompson and Jason Ellison to take a 3-0 lead.  After Columbus cut the lead to 3-1, Lehigh Valley added another run in the 5th on a Mike Cervenak RBI double. Jason Andseron earned his second save of the yhear for Lehigh Valley pitching a scoreless ninth.  Jason Donald was 2-4 with a double in his return from the DL, while Tiffee, Thompson and Ellison all had 2 hits for the ‘Pigs.

07/28/09–A tumultuous day for Lehigh Valley on Wednesday as starter Carlos Carrasco was pulled from his scheduled start 20 minutes before game time and included in the trade that sent Jason DOnald, Lou Marson, and Carrasco from the ‘Pigs dugout over to the Columbus dugout for the final two games of the series.  Jake Woods got the spot start and gave up two runs in three innings in the 4-2 ‘Pig victory.  Lehigh Valley relievers followed up Woods by pitching six scoreless innings in relief, with Pat Overholt (1-0) getting his first AAA win, and Jason Anderson earning his second save in as many nights, his 3rd on the year for the ‘Pigs. A three run first inning was the key for Lehigh Valley who scored on a Mike Cervenak RBI single, and a Terry Tiffee two run single.  The ‘Pigs added an insurance run in the 7th on another Cervenak RBI single.  Mike Cervenak had three hits for Lehigh Valley, while Rich Thompson added two of his own.

7/30/09–After Lou Marson, Jason Donald, and Carlos Carrasco switched locker rooms over to the Columbus side, the ‘Pigs took an early 3-1 lead after an inning on RBI singles by Jason Ellison and Andy Tracy.  Andrew Carpenter settled down after scuffling through the first and received a huge “pick me up” when Michael Taylor threw out Lou Marson who was trying to score on a single in the second inning.  Having not started in awhile, Carpenter left after five innings, having given up a run on five hits, while throwing 79 pitches.  He walked two and struck out four. The bullpen (Butto) lost the lead quickly as Columbus scored three runs in the 7th inning to take a 4-3 lead. Andy Tracy answered in the 8th inning with his 17th homer of the year to tie the game at 4, but Columbus bounced back to win the game in the 10th off of ‘Pigs reliever Jack Tashner.

Transactions:  Jason Donald was activated from the DL on Tuesday after missing 6 weeks and started at SS.  Sent down to Reading was OF Mike Spidale, who played very well in his time in Allentown, hitting .289 in 31 games for Lehigh Valley. 

On Wednesday, as we all know by now, Donald, Carlos Carrasco, and Catcher Lou Marson were all sent to Cleveland as part of the Cliff Lee deal.

Catcher Kevin Nelson, 28, was called up from reading to take Lou Marson’s roster spot.  In Reading, Nelson was hitting .225/.305/353 in 102 at bats, with 2 HR and 11 RBI. Also rejoining Lehigh Valley is RHP Francisco Butto, after spending about 10 days in Reading, helping their depleted bullpen.

Optioned back to (AAA) Lehigh Valley on Thursday were relief pitcher Steven Register and OF John Mayberry.  While in Philly, Mayberry hit .189 with 4 HR and 8 RBI, while Register appeared in one game, giving up one run in two innings of work.

Prospect Report–This section has taken a huge blow with call ups and trades.  See below.

Michael Taylor probably had alot on his mind as his name was thrown around in quite a few trade rumors this week.  Taylor who went 5-22 (.227), with a lone RBI and 5 strikeouts on the week, and is now hitting .255/.381/.432 with 2 HR and 5 RBI in his 14 games in Lehigh Valley.  AFter a mini funk at the beginning of the week, Taylor went 2-5 with a double last night.  

Andrew Carpenter–It has been almost 2 weeks since Carpenter’s last start due to his callup by the rust was shaken off early on Thursday as he went five innings, giving up a lone run on five hits.  Carpenter lowered his ERA to 2.71 in his 18 starts, with the opponent still hitting well below .250 against him.

Notes:  Terry Tiffee has hit in his last 14 of 17 games, hitting .340 over that span.

Gustavo CHacin is 4-0 with a 3.41 ERA in his last 5 starts.

Jason Donald and Lou Marson were both 1-3 with a walk in their first game with Columbus.

13 thoughts on “Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

  1. At least Donald, Marson, and Carrasco didn’t have to go far to get acclimated with their new team…

    I agree that some of Taylor’s struggles were probably related to having his name thrown around in trade talks for the last 2-weeks. Look at Halladay’s last start…

    After today, he should be able to relax and finish out a strong month..

  2. Yeah, Terry Tiffee. Though around 30 , interesting player, Switch-Hitter they say 3B, maybe a call-up on September 1.Maybe he can pinch hit as a reserve option from either side, save a roster spot.
    Looked at his stats the other day—-from memory—around 120 AB’s 10 walks, 5 strikeouts, something like that. Must be one of those rare players who doesn’t walk much or strikeout much.

  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page. “Joe Savery assigned to Lehigh Valley IronPigs from Reading Phillies.”

  4. Taylor has an OBP of .381 not .281 and has reached base in every game but one. In last nights game Marson was off on the pitch from second and Taylor threw him out with ease. More than half of his strikeouts have been called third strikes and a few coming in 3-2 counts. He is a selective hitter and usually takes the first pitch which often leaves him in pitcher counts.

  5. Savery got promoted? Nice. Thank god because it is hard to watch games when absolutely zero prospects are playing. I’m glad we have Michael Taylor to follow (plus Carpenter) but Savery is another one on the list.

  6. Taylor’s OBP was corrected….a typo. thanks.

    Anonymous–you are a big Taylor fan….you mention him in almost every comment….there is PLENTY to be a fan of…he has a ton of talent and is a very nice, personable guy as well.

  7. gregg,

    Big Michael Taylor Fan! He grew up in our community and we have rooted for him since he was in little league. Watched Taylor in high school along with teammate Zack Greinke. Two amazing kids who walked around like they never performed in a sport at all. Michael is an ispiration for all kids and especially children with Type 1 Diabetes. He has demonstrated that there are no barriers having gained academic admission to Stanford and participating in baseball. His personality has always meant the world to us having a daughter who also deals with Diabetes. She is deliberate about her needs because of the path she has watched Michael take. I will pull for him always.
    Found this site googling his name and couldn’t help myself from getting involved.
    I stay anonymous because I wouldn’t want to embarrass him or his family as they are very low key.

  8. Anonymous-
    Being a quality person as you know is just as important as talent. Taylor clearly has both…..

    Look for an interview with him olver the next week or two (I hope)

  9. Here’s a Lehigh Valley question. I noticed at SS Miguel Cairo has been replaced by J.J. Furmaniak. Is it that Cairo is injured and they are playing the back-up there? Or might it be that Furmaniak has been adjudged the better defensive option in the middle infield and they are playing him extensively late in their season to evaluate for a possible September call-up?

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