Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

Yet another in a fairly long line of awful weeks for Lehigh Valley, going 2-5 on the week, and are now at 20-33, and in last place of the Northern Division of the IL, 11.5 games behind division leading Syracuse.

League Leaders thru 6/2: Hitters: John Mayberry is 5th in runs (34), 8th in homers (9), and 10th in RBI’s (34); Cody Ransom is tied for 3rd in homers (11) , 3rd in strikeouts (64)and 5th in RBI’s (36); Andy Tracy is tied for 3rd in walks (29) and 9th in OBP (.382); Rich Thompson is tied for 6th in steals (12).

Pitching: Andrew Carpenter is tied for 5th in Wins (5); Nate Bump is 10th in ERA (3.10); Brian Mazone is tied for the league lead in starts (11), is tied for 8th in homers allowed (8)and is 8th in IP (62.1); Scott Mathieson is tied for 5th in saves (8); Ryan Vogelsong is tied for 9th in strikeouts (54)

After a rainout on Monday, the ‘Pigs played a doubleheader against Toledo on Tuesday evening.  The first game featured the first blown save of the year by Scott Mathieson (2-1) as Lehigh Valley went into the final frame leading 3-1 and came out 5-3 losers for their fifth consecutive loss. The wheels began to fall off with a throwing error by Melvin Dorta which allowed the first baserunner in the inning.  With two outs, Andrew Carpenter walked Deik Scram, Mathieson replaced Carpenter, and after a two run double and a two run homer, the 3-1 lead, was a 5-3 loss.  Carpenter picthed well once again going 6.2 innings and giving up 3 runs (1 earned) on 5 hits.  He walked 1 and struck out 4.  Lehigh Valley runs came on a Melvin Dorta RBI double in the second inning and two runs in the 6th on some sloppy fielding on the part of Toledo (error, passed ball). Both Dorta and Neil Sellers had 2 hits apiece for Lehigh Valley.

Another game, another loss in the nightcap, this time 3-0 to Toledo for the sixth consecutive loss for Lehigh Valley. Toledo immediately jumped ahead in the first inning scoring 2 runs off of ‘Pigs starter Brian Mazone (3-6), and added another in the 5th on a solo shot by Ben Guez.  Mazone left having given up those 3 earned in his 5 innings of work.  Lehigh Valley managed only 3 hits all evening, going 0-5 with RISP.

Wednesday–FInally something positive to say, in a 11-6 Lehigh Valley victory over Toledo, breaking a six game losing streak.  The ‘Pigs scored early and often getting four in the first inning and five more in the second but almost came undone shortly thereafter thanks to a horrible outing by Brandon Duckworth who lasted just 2.2 innings, giving up 6 runs on hits hits.  He left with a 9-6 lead.  The Lehigh Valley bullpen came on to pitch 6.1 shutout innings with Ryan Vogelsong (2-2) getting the win.  Vogelsong threw 2.1 scoreless, striking out 4, and didnt walk a batter.  On the offensive front, John Mayberry was 3-5 with 3 runs scored, and 3 RBI’s, launching his 9th homer of the year; Andy Tracy was 3-5 with two runs and an RBI; while Duffy (2-4,2r, RBI), Dorta (2-5, 2 RBI), Sellers (2-4, r, hr, 3rbi) and Ransom all added two hits apiece. Mike Zagurski pitched a scoreless ninth for his 12th consecutive scoreless appearance.

Thursday–Solo homers by Paul Hoover (2), Rich Thompson (2) and Cody Ransom (12) were all Lehigh Valley needed in their 3-1 victory over Toledo, closing out a 2-6 road trip, with two wins.  Nate Bump started and pitched well, allowing just one run in his 6 innings of work, picking up his 5th win of the year. After Brian Gordon threw two scoreless innings, Scott Mathieson was lights out in the 9th, earning his 9th save of the year. Both Thompson and Ransom had two hits apiece for Lehigh Valley.

‘Pigs Prospects

John Mayberry was very cold at the beginning of the week and heated up at weeks end, going 7-28 on the week with 2 HR 4 RBI 6 runs scored and a stolen base.  On the year: .284/.346/.503 with 9HR 32RBI, 7Sb 0CS.  I am beginning to believe that Mayberry belongs with the Phillies right now.  He simply provides another threat off the bench that they do not currently have. He is crushing lefties and faring moderately well against righties (.271) and provides some speed as well as a power threat.  With both Castro and Valdez far better defensively then Dobbs and Dobbs continuing to struggle at the plate, Mayberry would be a viable bat in the late innings that is something more than a borderline automatic out.

Scott Mathieson finally had a well deserved “off night”, blowing his first save of the year on Monday evening.  Mathieson bounced back to earn his 9th save of the year on Thursday night. Other then the Monday blip, Mathieson has been practically unhittable ,and the tone of the Phillies brass has recently changed to “you will see Mathieson in Philly this year”.  On the year, 2-1 with a 1.40 ERA in 21 games, 9 saves.  25.2 IP 8BB 29K; 0.94 WHIP; .186 opp. avg.,

Andrew Carpenter continues to throw effectively after some early season struggles.  He went 6.2 IP allowing one earned run in his outing this week, giving him a line of 5-4 with a 3.36 ERA in 10 starts.  in 56.1 IP he has walked 16, struck out 36 and has a WHIP of 1.27.

Mike Zagurski continues his streak of scoreless appearances, which is now at 12.  On the year, Zagurski is 0-2 with a 3.00 ERA in 22 games.  Over his 24IP, he has walked 10 and struck out 36, and has a WHIP of 1.25.  Opponents are hitting just .220 on him.

Transactions: OF DeWayne Wise exercised the opt out clause in his contract and was released.  OF Willy Taveras was signed and will be activated prior to the game on Friday.  Pitcher Nelson Figueroa accepted his assignment to Lehigh Valley. It has not been announced when he will be added to the active roster.

Notes: Lehigh Valley leads the league in games they have scored first (29), yet they are just 13-16 in those games.

Rich Thompson stole a base in his third consecutive game on Thursday night, giving him 13 on the season.

–Over the last 30 games, Lehigh Valley is hitting .210 with RISP. (48-229)

–The ‘Pigs have not won a series in the 2010 season.

Andy Tracy hit .417 (10-24) on the road trip with 3HR and 10RBI.

Probables: Friday: Savery, Saturday: Mazone, Sunday: Carpenter.

5 thoughts on “Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

  1. With Francisco on the roster, Mayberry is redundant. Why would the Phillies carry 2 right-handed backup corner outfielders?

    Regardless of Dobb’s current struggles, his ability to play 1st/3rd serves a role that Mayberry can’t fill. If anyone takes his place on the 25-man roster it would be Valdez remaining with the big club but I don’t expect that will happen.

  2. Most backup guys need playing time to stay sharp and they are no getting enough of it. If Mayberry were added to the Phillies, he would have the same problem.

    On another matter, it sounds to me as if Duckworth should stick to relief pitching.

  3. Ruben JR’s comment earlier this season that Matheison needed more polishing blew me away, now the Phillies brass finally has to admit this guy belongs in the majors.

  4. It’s a lock that Mathieson will be called up when rosters expand. And he should be able to lock up a bullpen job next year when we send Herndon to the minors.

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