A look at the ‘Pigs weekend with a few notes at the end.
Friday–An ugly night for Lehigh Valley as Syracuse starter came within four outs of a perfect game in the 7-0 Syracuse victory on Friday night. The Chiefs scored a first inning run off of Lehigh Valley starter Brian Mazone and added two more in the 4th on their way to the victory. Mazone (5-8) went 6 innings, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits. He walked 2 and struck out 9, a season high. The perfect game was broken up by none other than Domonic Brown, who singled up the middle in the 8th. In a game where the ‘Pigs gave up 7 runs, their pitchers struck out 17 Chiefs, a franchise record.
Saturday–A ridiculous 24 hour road trip to Pawtucket Saturday evening that ended with Lehigh Valley getting shutout for the seocnd consecutive night, this time 8-0. The RedSox scored all the runs they needed in the first inning off of ‘Pigs starter Ty Taubenheim when Aaron Bates smashed a three run homer. Taubenheim ended up going 6 innings, giving up 4 runs (3 earned) on 3 hits. He walked 3 and struck out 1. Lehigh Valley managed 6 hits, struck out 11 times and went 0-8 with RISP.
Sunday–The final rehab for start for JA Happ for Lehigh Valley Sunday evening and it was a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde type of outing for Happ who went 5.1 and gave up 4 runs on 4 hits. He walked 4 and struck out one in the 6-4 IronPigs win. A Domonic Brown sac fly gave Lehigh Valley a 1-0 lead in the top of the third, however, a two run fourth for Pawtucket gave them the lead right back in the see saw affair. The Sox lead lasted until Domonic Brown launched a two run homer to dead center, giving Lehigh Valley a 3-2 lead in the 5th. The see saw went back in the Pawtucket direction in the sixth, when they scored two more knocking Happ out of the game, giving them a 4-3 lead. Back the ‘Pigs came in the 7th, when a Brown ground out RBI and consecutive RBI doubles by Andy Tracy and Neil Sellers gave Lehigh Valley the lead right back at 6-4. ‘Pigs relievers pitched well with Mike Stutes (1-0) going 1.2 scoreless and Scott Mathieson adding two impressive scoreless innings of his own earning his 15th save.
–Entering the game Sunday, Lehigh Valley had gone 20.2 innings without scoring.
–The control issues of Ryan Vogelsong have now followed him to the bullpen. In his last 3 outings he is 0-1 with 1.1 IP 5H 8R 6BB 1K.
—Domonic Brown has hit safely in his last 9 games. He is hitting .395 since joining Lehigh Valley with 3 HR and 10 RBI. Additionally he gunned down his second runner since being called up with a laser throw from right into second base on Sunday evening. One other noticable impressive point….in the Lehigh Valley dugout just prior to the game, Brown was going up and down the dugout high fiveing and showing energy that has very rarely be seen in the ‘Pigs dugout.
–In the 17 games prior to the game Sunday evening, the #3 hitter in the Lehigh Valley lineup (Mayberry) had driven in three runs. On Sunday, the #3 hitter (Brown), drove in four. Prior to Friday, Brown had been hitting #6. The recall of Cody Ransom caused the lineup juggling.