Another week in the losing column for Lehigh Valley as they went 2-4 and are currently 18-28 on the year, 10 games behind division leading Scranton
League Leaders thru 5/26: Hitting: John Mayberry is 8th in runs (28) and tied for 10th in homers (7), DeWayne Wise is leading the league in triples (5) and is 9th in slugging (.515); Cody Ransom is tied for 3rd in homers (10), 3rd in strikeouts (58) and is 7th in RBI’s (31).
Pitching: Drew Carpenter is tied for 2nd in Wins (5) and tied for 7th in starts (9); Nate Bump is 6th in ERA (2.41), tied for 7th in starts (9); Scott Mathieson is 4th in saves (8); Ryan Vogelsong is 10th in strikeouts (46).
Monday–Lehigh Valley ended their latest losing streak on Monday with a 6-3 win over Buffalo behind Joe Savery (1-4). Savery, although far from overpowering, was effective, making his 5th consecutive “quality start” in earning the victory. (6IP 7H 3ER oBB 3K). Savery’s control was notably improved. Down 3-2 into the 6th, the ‘Pigs put two on the board (Sellers, RBI double) to take the lead, while a two run homer by Dane Sardinha (4) in the 8th sealed the victory. Scott Mathieson threw two more shutout innings to earn his 7th save. Big nights offensively from Sellers (3-4, 2r, 2b, rbi), Duffy (2-5,r,3b), Mayberry (2-4, hr(7)), and Sardinha (2-4, hr).
Tuesday–A very good outing for Andrew Carpenter and timely hitting by John Mayberry et. al. led to the 2-1 victory over Buffalo on Tuesday evening. Carpenter (5-4) went 6.2 innings, giving up just a run on 6 hits. He walked one and struck out 7. Scott Mathieson came in and once again pitched a scoreless ninth, to earn his 8th save. The Lehigh Valley runs came on a John Mayberry RBI single in the first and a Melvin Dorta RBI single in the 4th. Mayberry was 2-4 with an RBI and SB.
Thursday–After an off day Wednesday, Lehigh Valley headed West for an eight game road trip, which opened Thursday in Columbus with Brian Mazone starting, a game that they lost 3-2 in 11 innings. Andy Tracy made an immediate impact upon his return to the lineup with an RBI single in the first inning. The ‘Pigs added another run in the 5th when Brian Bocock launched his first homer of the year into the left field seats. Columbus got both runs back in the bottom of the 5th on a Josh Rodriguez RBI double, and Mazone left the game after six innings with the game tied at two. He allowed 2 runs on 4 hits while walking 2 and striking out 4. The score remained tied at two until the 11th inning when an RBI single by Nick Weglarz off of Brian Gordon (0-1) won the game for Columbus. Andy Tracy was 3-5 in his return to the lineup, while both Neil Sellers and Rich Thompson had two hits apiece. Cody Ransom was 0-5 and left 4 men on base.
‘Pigs Prospects-Andrew Carpenter–is now 4-2 with a 2.58 ERA in his last 6 starts. (38.1 IP, 11ER). He threw on Tuesday night against Buffalo and looked very good against a Buffalo lineup that contains several challenging hitters. On the year, Carpenter is now 5-4 with a 3.42 ERA. He has thrown 49.2 innings and given up 20 runs on 51 hits. He has walked 15 and struck out 32. His WHIP is now 1.33.
Scott Mathieson is now 8 for 8 in save opportunities and has allowed just 1 run in his last 13 games. (16IP 10H 2BB 21K). AFter throwing 28 pitches over two innings and earning the save on Monday, Mathieson came back on Tuesday to earn an 8 pitch save, striking out HR and RBI leader Mike Hessman on a 96 mph fastball and then getting two quick ground outs in a three up, three down ninth.
Mike Zagurski is slowly climbing back onto the radar screen. After a rough start to the season, he has not allowed an ER in his last 10 outings, spanning 11.2 innings. He has struck out 15 over that span. The 27 year old lefty continues to lead the league in K/9 at 13.5.
John Mayberry is hitting .333 over his last 10 games with 2HR 7RBI and 4SB. On the year, he is at a solid .290/.358/.503 with 7 HR 28 RBI and 6 SB. He continues to hit RHP much better then last season at a .274 clip. After snapping a 0-12 slump last Thursday, Mayberry had 3 straight multi hit games. He continues to look like a far more confident player then last year.
Joe Savery has been consistent as of late with five straight quality starts. While less than a fan of that statistic, Savery has clearly been solid over that time period with an ERA of 3.60 over 30 innings. On the year, still far from good at 1-4 with a 4.40 ERA over 45IP. His WHIP is sitting at 1.60 and the opponents are hitting .287 against him. He continues to bear down with RISP as they are hitting at a .226 clip.
Notes: Cody Ransom is struggling. His average is down to .228 and he has now committed 13 errors, many of them very costly.
–Lehigh Valley continues to have the second best team ERA in the league at 3.50 despite their poor record.
—DeWayne Wise continued to sit out with an ankle injury and has missed the last 6 games.
–Sad but true….at 18-28, Lehigh Valley is tied for the best start in team history.
—Brandon Duckworth has allowed just two extra base hits this season. (88 ab’s)
Transactions: Andy Tracy was activated from the DL on Tuesday after missing about two week with a shoulder injury. He was in the starting lineup on Thursday (DH).
—Catcher Paul Hoover rejoined Lehigh Valley after being optioned by the Phillies after his two week stint in the bigs. Hoover performed well in his two weeks of work, hitting .278 in his six games. To make room for Hoover, catcher John Suomi was sent down to AA Reading. Suomi had been hitting .250 in 20 AB’s with Lehigh Valley.