Evan, a loyal reader, provided me with a first person report from Friday’s LHV/Durham Bulls game. Here it is, and thanks to Evan
PITCHING: RHP Nate Bump opposed RHP Ryan Reid. Bump went 5.0 innings he pitched well, he had zero strikeouts two walks and six hits allowed. Nate let up two runs (all earned) in a two-run bottom of the third on a DH Stephen Vogt double to left. The Vogt double was a sinking line drive that Domonic Brown should have fielded on a hop, Brown made a last second dive and missed the ball by about three feet. Dom had a rough game in left, he misplayed three balls off of the 30 foot high wall in left. Before the game during batting practice roving coach Steve Henderson was working with Brown in left, it shouldn’t be problem with him in left in 2012. Back to pitching Bump topped out a 93 MPH with LHP Joe Savery following in relief, Joe allowed a infield base hit to 3B Daniel Mayora, Mayora moved to second on a groundout. Mayora stole third on the next pitch and ended up scoring on a throwing error from Catcher Dane Sardinha. Joe surrendered one unearned run and finished the inning with a strikeout. BIG Mike Zagurski (225 lbs. on a good day) followed Savery, Mike threw a perfect seventh inning and followed it up by striking out 1B Dan Johnson to record the first out of the eighth. Aaron Heilman finished the eighth, Heilman had a good changeup and slider that he used with two strikes, the pitches varied from 78-84 MPH. Phillippe Aumont was impressive in the ninth, he threw a 1 hit inning for his second save. Aumont hit 96 MPH with his fastball and consistently hit 78 MPH with his breaking ball. Aumont got two fly outs to centerfield before allowing a SS Reid Brignac single followed by a CF John Matulia K.
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OFFENSE: The Ironpigs offense was nothing special today, they had the luxury of poor Durham defense (three errors). RHP Ryan Reid shut down the ‘Pigs for four innings before falling apart in the fifth. Delwyn Young led off the fifth with a single to center, 1B Cody Overbeck K’d, and with Sardinha at the plate, Reid over threw the first basemen to move Young to second, Sardinha popped out; the Lehigh Valley two-out rally began. Freddy Galvis (2-4) singled up the middle to score Young (2-1 Durham). Josh Barfield followed with a single to advance Galvis to second. Durham brought in LHP Cesar Ramos who allowed a two run double to 3B Pete Orr (3-2 LHV), Domonic Brown walked but was stranded when Brandon Moss lined out. Sidewinder RHP Joe Bateman came on for the Bulls in the seventh, Pete Orr led the inning off with a unusual ground ball that was thrown into right field by 2B Ray Olmedo, Orr went to second. Brown struck out and then Brandon Moss singled in Orr (4-3 LHV).
OVERALL: The Ironpigs played a good game and they showed that the Phillies have a bright future out of the back end of the Lehigh Valley Bullpen.
PETE ORR (3B): 2-4 with a RBI and started a 7th inning rally with a single and advancing to second on an error. He was hit by a pitch and stole second in the game as well.
JOSH BARFIELD (CF): 1-5, not a great day at the plate but had a solid game in center. He ran down several balls in the gap and made two nice catches running in on line drives in the ninth.
DOMONIC BROWN (LF): Dom didn’t really standout but I have to mention him, like I said he needs work in left after misplaying a few fly balls. 1-4 1 BB and 2 K’s, and he showed excellent speed in the ninth legging out a ground ball to avoid a double play.
FREDDY GALVIS (SS): 2-4 at the dish with a RBI and run scored he has hit well in his few AAA games (.333 AVG.) which is a surprise to most, but what isn’t a surprise is his glove, Freddy showed tremendous athleticism and a strong arm, he had three great plays charging in on soft hit grounders. I can see the Phillies giving him a September call and potentially take Valdez’s spot next year.
BULLPEN: JOE SAVERY (LHP) got the win and showed that he could be a lefty arm besides Perez, and Zagurski in Philly. MIKE ZAGURSKI (LHP) impressed with a perfect inning and a third. AARON HEILMAN (RHP) pitched well but is simply in LHV to fill a bullpen roll and mentor De Fratus, Aumont, Schwimer, and Zagurski. I’m sure the Phillies have plans of promoting him in September if he impresses them at the Triple-A level but he seems to be just as good as any other AAA middle reliever. PHILLIPPE AUMONT (RHP) seems to have a spot in the September and 2012 Phillies bullpen with his name on it, he could be up now and handle himself better than the likes of Herndon and Perez. His “slurve” is nasty at 78 MPH, follow it up with a 94+ heater and he will be able to get outs at the big league level.