A good week for Lehigh Valley going 5-2, although with 12 games left in the International League season, Lehigh Valley is at 64-68, in 4th place of the Northern Division of the International League, 9 games behind division leading Scranton.
‘Pig Leaders–Andy Tracy is 4th in the league in runs (71); leads the league in walks (68), 2nd in RBI’s (85)and 2nd in homers (24); Mike Cervenak is 9th in hits (122) and 4th in RBI’s (74); Rich Thompson is 7th in triples (5) and 6th in stolen bases (26). On the mound, Drew Carpenter is 4th in the league in Wins (10), 8th in ERA (3.33), 3rd in IP (143.1), 5th in strikeouts (115) and 3rd in homers allowed (17); Kyle Kendrick is 9th in ERA (3.38) and 4th in WHIP (1.19).
8/24/09–The modest four game winning streak established by Lehigh Valley ended Monday evening at the hands of Pawtucket, 3-2. Brian Mazone, just off the DL started and pitched very weel, going five shutout innings, striking out 8. Lehigh Valley scored first on a solo homer by John Mayberry (12). Pawtucket’s Jed Lowrie struck back with a solo homer of his own to tie the game at one. The Sox added runs in both the eighth and ninth, while the only other run that the ‘Pigs could muster came on a Mike Cervenak solo homer (8), in the ninth. Cedric Bowers (4-3) took the loss in relief.
8/25/09–In a wild game that took over four hours and 12 innings to play, the ‘Pigs survived with an 8-5 win over Pawtucket with Terry Tiffee driving in the winning run in the 12th. In a game in which 6 homers were hit, the ‘Pigs scored three in the 12th by hitting the ball out of the infield just once. Rodrigo Lopez started for Lehigh Valley and was hit around a bit, going 6 innings, and giving up 5 runs on 10 hits. Jason Anderson (2-2) picked up the win in relief going 3 scoreless innings.JJ Furmaniak led the way offensively for Lehigh Valley with three hits, including his 5th homer and both Rich Thompson and Jason Ellison had 2 hits apiece as Lehigh Valley notched their 5th win in their last 6 games.
8/26/09–It was a night when not much went right for Lehigh Valley in their 4-0 loss. They managed just two hits (Ellison and Mayberry) and Drew Carpenter (10-5) had a lousy outing (see below) in taking the loss. Not much more to say about this game.
8/27/09. An excellent outing by Kyle Kendrick and timely hitting by Lehigh Valley led the ‘Pigs to a 11-2 win over Rochester Thursday night. Kendrick (8-7) went 7.2 innings and gave up just 2 runs on 7 hits. Rich Thompson scored on a Rochester error in the 4th to give the ‘Pigs the early lead, but Rochester quickly responded with two runs in the bottom of the 4th to make it 2-1 Rochester. The game remained 2-1 until Jason Ellison yanked his 5th homer of the year to tie the game at two in the 6th. A two run single by Mike Cervenak and a Sac Fly by Andy Tracy broke the game open in the 8th, giving Lehigh Valley the 5-2 lead. Lehigh Valley added six more in the ninth on RBI singles by Carlos Leon, Jason Ellison,and Rich Thompson. Terry TIffee finished the scoring with a bases clearing double making the score 11-2. Jason Ellison was the hero of the game offensively, going 3-5 with a homer and 2 RBI’s. Rich Thompson, Carlos Leon, and Mike Cervenak all had two hits for the ‘Pigs. Cervenak had 4 RBI’s.
‘Pig Prospects–Michael Taylor remains on the DL with an oblique strain. From an injury that was originally day to day, there now is some question about whether Taylor will play again during the IL season. No real reason to rush him back especially with the prospect of Taylor playing Winter ball this year. There appears to be a good chance Taylor will be added to the Arizona Fall League roster, with Steve Sudorf moving over to the taxi squad.
Andrew Carpenter struggled in his outing against Rochester this week, going 5.1 innings and giving up 4 runs on 10 hits. He walked four and struck out four. Although extremely consistent all year, Carpenter has slowed considerably since he came back from Philly in the end of July, after his second “call up” of the year. With that being said, Carpenter is at 10-5 with a 3.34 ERA over 143.1 innings. He has walked 43, struck out 115 and given up 17 home run balls, while limiting the opposition to an average just over .262. Carpenter has postioned himself to be “in the mix” for the #5 job in Philly next year.
John Mayberry had another average week going 7-27 (.259) with 2 homers among his 7 hits. Very “on again, off again” for Mayberry, who is at .251/.330/.456 on the year with 12 HR and 39 RBI in his 279 AAA at bats.He is hitting .263 with RISP and has stolen 6 bases. With Mayberry’s status on the 40 man roster and his option already used this year, I would expect Mayberry back on the Phils bench come early September.
Joe Savery–had a decent start this week, going 5.2 innings and giving up 2 runs while picking up his third win in a Lehigh Valley uniform. Savery continues to be average at best at AAA, although still probably in his adjustment period which will continue into the beginning of next year. He stands at 3-1 with a 4.76 ERA in 28.1 innings. He has walked 17 and struck out 15, while the opponent is hitting a lofty .287 against him (.310) with RISP. His WHIP is at 1.69. The problems remain the same, command and no real “out” pitch.
Kyle Kendrick pitched very well in both outings this week, picking up a win against Scranton, giving up just a run in 6 innings, and was very good once again against Rochester, going seven innings and giving up 2 runs. On the week, 13.2 IP 13H 3 ER 2BB 2K. For the year, Kendrick is at 8-7 with a 3.38 ERA in 135.2 IP. He has walked just 37 and struck out 61, while allowing the opposition a batting average of .250 (.178) in scoring position. These numbers are numbers the Phils brass would have hoped for in Spring Training out of Kendrick. While I am still not sure that Kendrick will be around the Phils organization in the long term, he has done nothing but do his job for the ‘Pigs this year, and I would expect to see him in a Phillies uniform in a long relief role in September.
Transactions: LHP Brian Mazone was activated from the DL and pitched Monday evening. To make room on the roster, Michael Taylor was placed on the DL retroactive to August 22.
Notes: Carlos Leon became the first player to hit a home run in his first Lehigh Valley at bat with his homer last Sunday.
—Jason Ellison has hit in 18 of the last 20 games he has started, and continues to lead the team in OF assists.
—Rich Thompson has hit in 12 of the last 14 games.
—Gustavo Chacin in 5-0 with a 3.02 ERA in his last 10 starts.
—Andy Tracy broke his own record for homers by a Lehigh Valley player and now is at 24 on the year.
—David Newhan has not played this week due to a leg injury. WIthout both Newhan and Taylor, Lehigh Valley is currently going with just 11 position players and 13 pitchers on the active roster which recently lost Miguel Cairo to the Phils as well.