Monthly Archives: July 2009

Donald Activated, Martinez Bullpen Session

Jason Donald was activated and is starting at SS for Lehigh Valley tonight.  OF Mike Spidale, who has played well in his time with the ‘Pigs was sent down to Reading to make room.  Donald, who hit 2nd all year for Lehigh Valley will be hitting ninth tonight.  More to come from Coca Cola Park including news on Pedro Martinez bullpen session (if there is such a thing as news on a bullpen session).

Martinez threw about 50 pitches in the bullpen under the supervision of Lehigh Valley pitching coach Rod Nichols.  He worked on a couple mechanical issues and seemed to throw the ball well in the session which lasted about 25 minutes. 

A Blue Jays scout is at Coca Cola Park tonight.

Daily Discussion

In his last 3 starts, Vance Worley is 0-3, with a 18.00 ERA (26 ER in 13 IP) You have to wonder if the long minor league season is starting to get to Worley of if he is injured.  While Worley is struggling, Mike Stutes is bouncing back from recent struggles in Reading and he has gone 3-0 with a 1.00 ERA in his last three starts.  After some mid year bumps in the road, Stutes is at 8-5 with a 3.71 ERA on the year.

Reliever Chance Chapman has not allowed an earned run in his last 10 outings for Reading.

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‘Pigs Weekend Update

7/24/09–Control was the issue of the day for Carlos Carrasco (6-9) as Lehigh Valley opened a three game series against Gwinnett with a 7-5 loss.  A three run third inning off of Carrasco opened the scoring with 2 lead off walks coming around to score.  The ‘Pigs picked up two runs in the 5th, behind a Terry Tiffee RBI single, but walks hurt Carrasco again in the 3 run Gwinnett sixth inning, with another walk coming around to score.  Carrasco left having gone 6 innings and given up 6 runs on 4 hits.  He walked 4 and struck out 5. Lehigh Valley scored one in the 7th on a David Newhan sac fly and 2 more in the ninth to make the game close.  Terry Tiffee has 2 hits for Lehigh Valley, while Michael Taylor was 1-3 with a stolen base (2). Continue reading ‘Pigs Weekend Update

Roster Merry Go Round

The Phillies bullpen is suddenly paper thin as Clay Condrey joined both JC ROmero and Chad Durbin on the DL.  Sent back down to Lehigh Valley was Drew Carpenter, who had consecutive rough outings and pitched back to back nights, thus giving the Phils the necessity for another bullpen arm.  Kyle Kendrick and STeven Register were recalled from AAA Lehigh Valley.

Kendrick, 24, is 6-6 with a 3.58 ERA in 20 stars, has been very consistent for Lehigh Valley. It is his second trip up to Philly this year and likely will pitch in long relief.  He last threw for the ‘Pigs Wednesday, and today would be his normal day to throw on the side, so he more than likely would be available to throw an inning or two if necessary.  Register, 26, was acquired out of the COlorado organization and had been used by the ‘Pigs during the late innings closing, at times.  I would suspect he will be a mid-inning, mop up type guy for the Phils.  Register is 1-2 with a 2.88 ERA in 20 appearances for Lehigh Valley with 5 saves.  The opponent is hitting .255 against him and he has a WHIP of 1.36. He pitched in 10 games with the Rockies last year with a 9.00 ERA.

Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

Lehigh Valley, after a  4-3 week is at 48-50, in 4th place of the Northern Division of the IL, 8 games behind division leading Scranton with under 50 games to play.  They are 6.5 games out of the wild card spot.  ‘Pig league leaders include Andy Tracy who is 6th in runs (52), 5th in homers (15), 3rd in RBI’s (57), and 2nd in walks (48). Rich Thompson is 8th in stolen bases (18).  On the mound, Andrew Carpenter is tied for 3rd in winds (8), 9th in ERA (2.75) 10 th in WHIP (1.19), 10th in strikeouts (84) and 8th in innings (108).  Kyle Kendrick leads the league in starts (20) and IP (118), Carlos Carrasco is 3rd in the league in starts (19), 6th in IP (108.2), and leads the league in strikeouts (107). Carrasco is 7th in homers allowed (13), while Carpenter is 9th (12). Continue reading Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

Double Trouble

Two Phils relievers went down today to injury, JC Romero with a left forearm strain and Chad Durbin with an arm strain as well, both were placed on the 15 day disabled list. 

Called up were from Lehigh Valley were Tyler Walker, who may not have even arrived in Charlotte to play for Lehigh Valley prior to his recall back to the big club and Andrew Carpenter.  Carpenter , 24, should take the role of long reliever as he is obviously stretched out and has pitched very well in Lehigh Valley, going 8-2 with a 2.75 ERA in his 17 starts at AAA.  Interesting to speculate about who may come up to Lehigh Valley to fill Carpenter’s rotation spot as it appears he will miss several trips through the rotation with his recall.

Daily Discussion

A few tidbits to get it going:

Jason Knapp has begun a throwing program in Lakewood, in hopes of returning over the next couple of weeks.  He last pitched July 11, before being placed on the disabled list.

Kyle Drabek, coming back from one of his few bad starts, was a small notch below dominant last night, going 8 innings and giving up just 2 runs on 6 hits.  He walked one and struck out 7.  Neil Sellers continued raking for Reading, hitting his 10th homer of the year, while raising his average to .322 with another multi hit game. Continue reading Daily Discussion