8/21/09–Andy Tracy continued swinging a very hot bat, leading Lehigh Valley to their 9-1 victory over Scranton on Friday evening. Tracy was 3-4 with 2 runs scored, a homer (24) and 3 RBI’s, and hit his 4th homer over the last three games. Kyle Kendrick (7-7) started and was very strong, going 6 innings, and giving up just a run on 3 hits. It was a night when the ‘Pigs hit in the clutch, going 7-17 with RISP, with Mike Cervenak and Jason Ellison helping lead the way, both with multi hit games.
8/22/09–The ‘Pigs won their third straight with a 3-0 eleven inning victory over Pawtucket. Gustavo Chacin pitched eight shutout innings, while Mike Cervenak’s RBI double scored Jason Ellison with the winning run. Lehigh Valley tacked on two more insurance runs in the 11th on an RBI double by Terry Tiffee, followed by an RBI single by John Mayberry. Jason Anderson (1-2) picked up the win in relief. Cervenak was 3-5 with a run and an RBI, while John Mayberry added two hits as well for the ‘Pigs.
8/23/09–Lehigh Valley won their fourth straight with a 4-2 win over Pawtucket on Sunday. John Mayberry started the scoring with his 11th homer of the year, a solo shot to give the ‘Pigs an early 1-0 lead, which the Sox quickly matched tying the game at 1. Carlos Leon called up today from Reading hit a solo homer in the third, giving Lehigh Valley a one run lead once again. A Mike Cervenak sac fly made the lead 3-1 in the fifth, but Pawtucket refused to go away scoring another in the sixth to keep it close at 3-2. Another sac fly by Mike Cervenak gave the ‘Pigs an insurance run in the 9th. Joe Savery (3-1) started and was effective, going 5.2 innings and giving up 2 runs on 5 hits. He walked 3 and struck out 3. Jack Taschner pitched a scoreless 9th to earn his second save. Rich Thompson was 3-4 with a stolen base, while Carlos Leon went 3-3 with a homer, and 3 runs scored in his first game. Paul Hoover, Terry Tiffee and John Mayberry each had 2 hits for the ‘Pigs as well.
Notes: With the injury to Greg Dobbs, Miguel Cairo was recalled by the Phils to take Dobbs roster spot, as Dobbs spends time on the DL. Cairo, 35, who has been with Lehigh Valley since May, has hit .287 with 5 HR 33 RBI and 8 stolen bases in almost 300 at bats with the ‘Pigs. He has played primarily at SS, although he has seen time at second and third base as well. It almost assuredly is the last we will see of Cairo in Allentown this year as I suspect he will remain part of the team after Dobbs returns from his DL stint in September. To make room on the 40 man roster, the Phils moved Antonio Bastardo from the 15 day to the 60 day DL.
To replace Cairo, 29 year old Carlos Leon was called up from AA Reading. Leon was hitting .217 with 1 HR and 12 RBI, to along with 4 SB’s in 69 games at Reading.
Pitcher Jack Taschner and Manager Dave Huppert were thrown out of Saturday nights game after arguing balls and strikes in the 10th inning.