Another 3-4 week for Lehigh Valley, who are now 16, -24, 8.5 games behind division leading Scranton in the Northern Division of the International League.
League Leaders, thru 5/19; Hitting: DeWayne Wise is leading the league in triples (5); Cody Ransom is tied for 3rd in homers, is 3rd in the league in strikeouts (49)and is 10th in RBIS (26); John Mayberry is tied for 9th in homers (6); Rich Thompson is 3rd in the league in average (.337). Pitching: Nate Bump is tied for 5th in Wins (4), tied for 4th in the league in starts (8), 3rd in IP (51), 5th in WHIP (1.12) and 4th in ERA (2.29); Scott Mathieson is 6th in the league in saves (6). Ryan Vogelsong is 8th in the league in strikeouts(43).
Week In Review:
Monday–Lehigh Valley closed out their road trip with one of the most bizarre endings, in an 8-7, 15 inning victory over Gwinnett. After Oscar Villarreal squandered a four run lead in the 9th inning, tying the game at 7, it took three hit batsman in the 15th inning followed by a Brian Bocock sac fly, that gave Lehigh Valley the victory. In a game where Brandon Duckworth got his 2nd start of the year five hours earlier, Alex Concepcion (1-1) got the win in relief, going two shutout innings. Duckworth threw 5 innings and threw well, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits. He walked one and struck out 8. It seemed Lehigh Valley was comfortably ahead on the strength of a two run homer by John Mayberry (6) and a three run shot by Cody Ransom (9), before the wheels fell off in the ninth. Ehren Wasserman , who had been struggling quite a bit recently, threw four shutout innings to help the ‘Pigs settle things down after the rough outing by Villarreal. Mayberry led the offensive show with a huge night, going 4-6, 2b, hr, 4r, and 3 rbi, while Cody Ransom had a big night as well going 3-5 with his three run homer.
Tuesday–Lehigh Valley returned home to face Louisville and it was a pitchers duel in Allentown with Nate Bump on the hill, pitching very effectively again, going 8 innings, giving up just a run on 3 hits in the 2-1, 16 inning Lehigh Valley loss. Bump struck out three and walked one. Reds prospect Travis Wood looked excellent, striking out 11 Iron Pigs. The lone Lehigh Valley run came in the first inning on a John Mayberry RBI single. A one out triple in the 16th off of Oscar Villarreal, followed by an RBI single by Zach Cozart gave Louisville the victory. The ‘Pigs left 11 runners on base in extra innings alone, and struck out 19 times on the evening. The bullpen, after a very long night on Monday, threw 7 shutout innings (Mathieson, Vogelsong, Gordon, ZagurskI) before Villlarreal. AFter participating in the longest game in team history Monday evening, that record was broken one night later with this 16 inning game.
Wednesday–Louisville threw Aroldis Chapman was very impressive in the 4-2 Lehigh Valley loss to Louisville on Wednesday evening. The Cuban prospect threw 5.2 shutout innings before being removed with a blister on his hand in the 6th. The ‘Pigs needed a lengthy outing from Joe Savery (0-4) and got one as he went 6 effective innings, giving up 3 runs (1 earned), on 7 hits. He walked 3 and struck out 6, throwing 107 pitches. Lehigh Valley needed innings from both their starter and designated innings eater Ty Taubenheim, recalled from Reading, for just that purpose, and did save their bullpen in the loss. Louisville pitchers dominated once again until Lehigh Valley was able to put two runs on the board in the 9th on a Dane Sardinha RBI single. Rich Thompson flied out with two men on to end the game. Costly defensive miscues by Luis Maza and John Mayberry played a key role in the Lehigh Valley loss. Taubenheim threw 3 innings, yielding a run.
Thursday– A morning game in Lehigh Valley, with Andrew Carpenter taking the mound and pitching well in the 8-4 ‘Pigs victory. Louisville scored once in the first but a three run homer by Cody Ransom (10), gave Lehigh Valley a 3-1 lead. After Louisville scored single runs in both the 4th and 5th, a two run double by Chris Duffy gave Lehigh Valley a 5-3 lead. Carpenter left having gone 7 innings, giving up 3 runs on 8 hits. He walked 1 and struck out 4. Louisville continued inching back, however a John Suomi three run homer in the 8th put the game away for Lehigh Valley. Scott Mathieson again pitched a scoreless 9th, throwing consistently in the mid 90’s and reaching 98 and 99 several times, striking out two. Luis Maza had 2 hits for Lehigh Valley.
John Mayberry had a very hot start to the week, but a very cool end, and ended up 9-31 on the week with a homer and 4 RBI’s. On the year .281/.357/.508 with 6 HR and 25 RBI’s. He has stolen 3 bases without getting caught and his K rate is 22%.
Scott Mathieson is now 6 for 6 in save opportunities and has allowed 1 run in his last 11 appearances, encompassing 13 innings. On the year, Mathieson is now 2-0 with a 0.87 ERA in 16 games. He has 6 saves, and has not blown a save. In his 20.2 IP, he has walked 6 and struck out 23, and has a WHIP of 0.91. Opponents are hitting under .190 against him. Ruben??
Andrew Carpenter is 3-1 with a 2.19 ERA in his last 4 starts (24.2 IP 6ER). He has pitched much more confidantly, and is now 4-4on the year in his 8 starts with a 3.98 ERA. He has walked 14 and struck out 25 in his 43 innings of work, with a WHIP of 1.37. He is looking much more like the pitcher we saw last year in Lehigh Valley, then what he exhibited the first several starts.
Joe Savery–Despite not winning a game, Savery has thrown 4 consecutive “quality starts”, his first 4 of 2010. This week he had 2 starts, losing both but going 12 innings, allowing 4 earned runs on 11 hits. He walked 8 and struck out 9. On the year, Savery is 0-4 with a 4.38 ERA. 39IP 45H 20BB 25K, 5 HRS allowed; 1.67 WHIP. The opposition is hitting .288 against him, but just .200 with RISP.
Transactions: Because of the decimation in the Lehigh Valley bullpen thanks to the two long extra inning games, Ty Taubenheim and his 23.82 ERA were “promoted” from AA Reading to primarily eat innings and give the bullpen a break if necessary. Taubenheim, 27, was fairly successful as a starter last season for AAA Indianapolis with a 3.65 ERA in 19 starts, but has been absolutely horrid in the few appearances he has made for Reading this season. Andy Tracy was placed on the DL with a strained shoulder retroactive to May 17. After throwing 3 innings in the game Wednesday evening, Taubenheim was sent back to Reading and Reliever John Ennis was promoted to Lehigh Valley for the game on Thursday.
Notes: —John Mayberry’s 4 runs scored on Monday tied a franchise record. The game itself, that went 4:52 was the longest in team history in reference to time of playtime. Tough night on a get away night.
–Expect to see Phils Catcher Brian Schneider at Coca Cola Park this weekend on a rehab assignment. The Northampton native is expected to play 5 innings Friday, 7 innings Saturday and the full game on Sunday.
—Brian Mazone has thrown his last 9.2 innings without giving up an earned run.
—DeWayne Wise was a late scratch from the lineup on Thursday with an ankle issue.
–Lehigh Valley batted just .158 with RISP during their recent road trip.
–Over the two extra innings games, the bullpen pitched 18 innings in two nights. Hitters, meanwhile, struck out a combined 38 times.
—Nate Bump has given up just 3ER in his last 21 innings of work.
–WIth Sardinha’s RBI SIngle, Lehigh Valley broke a franchise record, 24 inning scoreless streak.
–Weekend Probables: Friday: Mazone, Saturday: Duckworth, Sunday: Bump