The weekend summary for Lehigh Valley along with some notes and a transaction.
Friday–The Lehigh Valley streak of not having won a series all season remains intact after their 8-4 loss to Toledo on Friday evening. The four game series was split. Toledo scored two in the first inning off of starter Brian Mazone, however the ‘Pigs bounced back with a run in the 2nd on a Willy Taveras RBI single. Toledo scored single runs in the 3d and 4th, making it 4-1. Again, the ‘Pigs stayed in the game with a Dane Sardinha Sac Fly in the 4th and an RBI double by Cody Ransom is the 5th that made the game 4-3. Mazone left after six, with no decision (6IP 9H 4R 3ER 0BB 5K). An RBi single by Ransom tied the game, but Lehigh Valley relief pitchers had a rough night with Ryan Vogelsong (2-4) taking the loss after giving up a run in the 8th. Toledo added three in the ninth off of Oscar Villarreal. Big nights offensively for Willy Taveras (2-4,r,rbi, sb), Cody Ransom (3-5, 2b, 2rbi), Dane Sardina (2-3,r,rbi), Brian Bocock (3 hits) and Neil Sellers (2 hits).
Saturday–Lehigh Valley traveled to Buffalo to begin a four game series and won Game One 6-3 behind a solid effort by Drew Carpenter (6-4).The ‘Pigs jumped on Buffalo for two runs in the second after four consecutive singles produced two runs, the last two RBI singles coming from unlikely sources (Bocock and Carpenter). Another run was added in the 4th, when a Dane Sardinha sac fly scored Cody Ransom. After Buffalo scored a run in the bottom of the inning, Lehigh Valley scored three more in the 6th, effectively putting the game away. (Sardinha, Bocock RBI singles). Carpenter left having gone six innings and gave up 2 runs on 4 hits. he didnt walk a batter and struck out three. After Buffalo scored a lone run in the 7th, Zagurski and Mathieson pitched a scoreless inning apiece with Mathieson earning his 12th save of the year. Big nights offensively for Chris Duffy (3-4, 2r), Brian Bocock (2-3, 2RBI) and Dane Sardinha (2-3, 2r, 2RBI)
Sunday–Two in a row for Lehigh Valley as they romped 10-1 over Buffalo Sunday afternoon behind Nelson Figueroa (2-0). Figueroa went six scoreless innings for the second straight time since being sent down from Philadelphia. The ‘Pigs opened the scoring in the 2nd on Cody Ransom’s 14th homer of the year, a solo shot. Lehigh Valley added 3 in the 3rd on a two run double by John Mayberry and a Andy Tracy sac fly. The game was over for all intents and purposes after a four run 5th made it 8-0 Lehigh Valley. The big blows in the 5th were RBI singles by Mayberry and Ransom. A lot of notables offensively for Lehigh Valley including Willy Taveras (3-5,3r,2b), Melvin Dorta (2-4, 3r), John Mayberry (3-3, r,2b, 3RBI) and Cody Ransom (2-5, hr, 2rbi).
Notes: On Friday night, the ‘Pigs were without John Mayberry (knee), Rich Thompson (with family after wife gave birth) and Paul Hoover (knee), leaving the Lehigh Valley bench empty.
–Since his return from the DL, Andy Tracy is hitting .333 (17-51) and has a remarkable on base % of .534.
—John Mayberry returned to the lineup on Saturday after missing six games and went 0-4 with a RBI. He followed that up with a 3-3 day on Sunday.
—Mike Zagurski has now not allowed an earned run in the last 16 appearances, spanning 18.2 innings. He has struck out 28 over that same period.
—Melvin Dorta is hitting .344 over his last 21 games and seems to have effectively taken over at 2B for Luis Maza.
–A Phils AAA affiliate has not been over .500 since Ottawa was 22-21 in May of 2007.
–Despite being in last place most of the year once again, Lehigh Valley continues to be at the top of International League attendance at over 8,500 per game.
Transactions: Catcher Paul Hoover was placed on the DL with left knee inflammation. Called up from Reading to take Hoover’s roster spot is catcher John Suomi, who had spent a couple of weeks with Lehigh Valley earlier in the season when Hoover was up with the big club.