Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

The ‘Pigs returned home for an eight game homestand that began Tuesday  with four against Norfolk playing a better brand of baseball than when we last spoke.  The ‘Pigs are on a three game winning streak after their win against Norfolk, and now stand at 9-10, and in 5th place of the Northern Division of the International League, 1.5 games behind division leading Rochester.

‘Pigs Leaders–Hitting:Reid Brignac is 6th in runs (13); Cameron Rupp is 6th in HR’s (4); Clete Thomas is 7th in strikeouts (21).

Pitching: Luis Garcia is 6th in saves (2); David Buchanan is 4th in IP (23), and is tied for the league lead in walks issued (13)

‘Pigs Prospects-David Buchanan went 6 innings giving up 2 runs on four hits on Monday night against Scranton.  He walked four and struck out four.  In his 11 career AAA starts, he has 7 quality starts and an ERA of 2.90.

Maikel Franco‘s struggles continue.   Franco is currently sitting at .134/.205/.175 after 73 plate appearances with 0 HR and 4RBI.  His strikeout rate is 22% and his walk rate is an improved 8%.  With two multi hit games this week and a few walks where he effectively worked the count, the hope is that he is about to ascend from the early season doldrums.

Seth Rosin has made three appearances since his return to the organization and is being used effectively out of the bullpen.  Rosin has allowed one earned run on 2 hits while striking out 4 in 3.2 innings of work earning a save.  Rosin has the stuff to be an effective 6th-7th inning guy in the mold of say, CHad Durbin during his first go around with the Phils.

Next week: Pettibone, Gillies, DeFratus, Aumont

News and Notes–Cesar Jiminez earned his first win as a starter in eight years and threw nine shutout innings over two starts.

–Catcher Koyie Hill became the first IronPig with a four hit game this season with his effort last Sunday.

–Pitcher Greg Smith was named IL Pitcher of the Week for the week that ended April 20th.  He threw seven shutout innings, allowing just four hits against Syracuse.  He didnt walk a batter and struck out six. He was effective again Monday, giving up just one earned run in six innings against Norfolk.

-P Brad Lincoln pitched well in his first start in two years, giving up one run on one hit over four innings last Thursday.
–INF Reid Brignac has a 7 game hitting steak (.346, 9-26)

–Luis Garcia has thrown 8 scoreless innings, spanning five appearances, during which he earned two saves and struck out nine.  Going back to 2013, Garcia is unscored upon is his last 10 IL games, spanning 15 innings.

Probables: Wed: Enright; Thur: O’Sullivan Fri: Pettibone; Sat: Buchanan; Sun: Smith

Transactions: Joining Lehigh Valley were Infiedler Matt Tolbert from Reading, P Jon Pettibone from Philadelphia  and P Luis Garcia (after spending two days with the big club).  Leaving, at least temporarily were P Shawn Camp who was promoted to the Phils over the weekend and INF Ronny Cedeno who was placed on the temporary inactive list. Additionally, on Tuesday night P Kyle Simon was re-assigned to Reading.