Yet another lost weekend in Lehigh Valley, as they lost all three games to Gwinnett and have now lost an abysmal 12 out of 13. They are currently at their low water mark of the year, 25 games below .500.
Friday–Another in a long line of one run losses, this time 2-1 to Gwinnett at home on Friday evening. Gwinnett scored early on ‘Pigs starter Nate Bump who left after two innings after being on a pitch count, as he returned to the mound after suffering from Lyme’s disease. In his 2 innings, he gave up a run on five hits. Lehigh Valley tied the score in the 3rd when a Rich Thompson sac fly scored Brian Bocock. Gwinnett regained the lead in the 5th off of reliever Joe Savery (1-10) on consecutive doubles by Freddie Freeman and Joe Thurston. Savery went 4 innings giving up a run on 4 hits. Lehigh Valley was unable to advance a runner past first base after the 3rd inning. Melvin Dorta was the only player to speak of offensively with 2 hits, while on the mound Antonio Bastardo has another scoreless, hitless performance, striking out 2 in his 1.1 innings of work.
–Saturday–Not gonna bother with a summary. PhillyChuck did the job.
–Sunday–Lehigh Valley fell to 1-10 in extra inning contests, as they lost another to Gwinnett, this time 5-2 in 10 innings. The Braves jumped on Lehigh Valley early with a first inning run and added another in the third before the Lehigh Valley bats came out of their slumber in the 4th inning with two runs on a Andy Tracy RBI ground out and a Sac Fly by Melvin Dorta. ‘Pigs starter Brandon Duckworth was strong going 7 innings and giving up just 2 runs (none earned) on 4 hits. He walked one and struck out 6. Good relief work kept the game tied at 2 until the 10th when a Freddie Freeman RBI single off of Scott Mathieson (3-5)gave the Braves a 3-2, which was quickly followed by a wild pitch, making the deficit 4-2. An RBI single by Joe Thurston officially busted the game open at 5-2. The only ‘Pigs player to speak of offensively was Ozzie Chavez who had two hits.
Notes: Rich Thompson was 5-5 with 3 doubles on Saturday evening. Both the five hits, and the three doubles tied Lehigh Valley team records. Thompson currently has an 12 game hitting streak.
—Shane Victorino is expected to rehab with Lehigh Valley Tuesday thru Thursday at Coca Cola Park. Assuming all goes smoothly, he is expected to be activated Friday when the Phils open a series in New York.
–As of Friday evening, the Phillies AAA affiliate has not been over .500 in exactly 500 games.
–As Lehigh Valley continues short handed on their roster, pitchers Brian Mazone and Joe Savery were both used as pinch hitters over the weekend. Mazone hit the 2nd homer of his career on Saturday evening.
–Probables: Monday: Mazone, Tuesday: Carpenter, Wednesday: Bump, Thursday: Worley
—Neil Sellers hit his first homer in 192 AB’s at Coca Cola Park this year.
—Scott Mathieson threw 41 pitches in taking the loss on Sunday evening.
Transactions: Outfielder John Mayberry was optioned back to Lehigh Valley after the Phillies win over New York on Sunday. No corresponding roster move for Lehigh Valley as they have been playing one player under the limit.