The days of Mike Rouse, TJ Bohn, Ron Chiavacci and Dave Huppert are now gone and forgotten as Lehigh Valley have completed their sweep of Pawtucket to move onto the International League Championship Series against Columbus (Indians affiliate). The names replacing those above are Galvis, Bass, Moss and Ryne Sandberg, along with 21 others who have brought a brand new brand of baseball to the Lehigh Valley that includes aggressiveness ,attention to detail ,and fundamentals.
The ‘Pigs completed the sweep with a 3-1 win on Saturday evening in Pawtucket, and will begin the best of five series for the Governors Cup Tuesday in Columbus. The first two games of the series will be in Columbus, before the series returns to Lehigh Valley for the final three games. The ‘Pigs again scored early with Rich Thompson acting as the catalyst once again. In the first inning, Thompson singled, stole second, advanced to 3rd on a ground out and then scored on a Kevin Frandsen ground out. The ‘Pigs tacked on another run in the 2nd inning when Josh Barfield launched a solo homer off of Pawtucket starter Alex Wilson.
Thompson was at it again in the 6th when he doubled, advanced to 3rd on a ground out and then scored on a Kevin Frandsen fielders choice, giving Lehigh Valley a 3-0 lead. Starter Brian Bass cruised along with yet another outstanding effort, allowing Pawtucket their lone run in the 9th (unearned) when Hector Luna singled and got into scoring position on a throwing error by Kevin Frandsen. Luna eventually scored on a sacrifice fly. Bass allowed just five hits in throwing a complete game, and had allowed just one baserunner past first base in the first six innings.
Notes: Domonic Brown once again did not play the field, going 0-4 with two strikeouts as the DH. Brown has not played the field since the awful night he had in LF at Coca Cola Park, 10 ten days ago.
—Scott Mathieson had been scheduled to start Game 4 in Pawtucket if necessary. No word on how the ‘Pigs will align their rotation with two days off before the next series. I will post the probables when they are announced.