The ‘Pigs continued their eight game road trip in CHarlotte Monday and Tuesday, losing both games after sweeping Gwinnett over the weekend and now stand at 15-16 and in last place of the Northern Division of the International League but just four games behind division leading Buffalo. Lehigh Valley finishes their series with CHarlotte on Thursday and then returns home for an 8 game home stand against Gwinnett and Scranton that begins on Friday evening.
‘Pigs Leaders: Hitting: Maikel Franco is 9th in AB’s (113); Reid Brignac is 5th in runs (20); Jim Murphy is 5th in doubles (9); Clete Thomas is 4th in walks (20) and 4th in steals(8); Tyler Henson is 9th in SLG (.524).
Pitching: David Buchanan is 3rd in wins (4); Luis Garcia is 5th in saves (5); Sean O’Sullivan in 9th in IP (35.0); Barry Enright is 4th in HR allowed (5).
Pigs Prospects: Maikel Franco is showing improvement at .209/.263/.327 on the year and .300 over his last 10 games but in not nearly where we thought he would be at this stage. His K rate (21%) is not all that problematic, but he has struggled to make solid contact for a good portion of the year before just recently. Franco has 2HR 10RBI and is hitting just .188 with RISP.
Seth Rosin has had three consecutive good outings during which he has thrown 3.1IP, yielded just a lone hit and no runs while striking out five. Before that it had been ugly and Rosin on the year is 0-1 with a 7.36 ERA in 7 games. My thought is that he is finally settled after his whirlwind first three weeks that sent him across three organizations and two continents.
Luis Garcia continues to dominate AAA, having not allowed an earned run in his 13.2 innings of work. He has converted 8 of his 9 save opportunities in AAA, going back to last year and hitters are batting just .143 against him with RISP. While he does have command issues at times, how is there not room in the Phillies bullpen that is one-third consumed by AAAA guys.
David Buchanan has won three consecutive starts, working 17.2 innings and giving up seven earned runs during that time period (3.57ERA). In his most recent outing against Gwinnett on Saturday, Buchanan carried a shutout into the 6th inning and ended with a very nice line of 6IP 7H 1ER 1BB 6K, earning the win. In Buchanan’s 13 career IL starts, spanning back to 2013, he is 8-2, with a 3.05 ERA. In 2014, batters are hitting just .147 against him with RISP.
Next Week: Pettibone, Gillies, DeFratus, Aumont
News and Notes:With their sweep of Gwinnett, Lehigh Valley tied a franchise record of six consecutive road wins, a record that was set in 2009.
–With his 7 RBI’s on Sunday, Tyler Henson tied an IronPigs record (Brandon Moss) for most RBI’s in a game. Over his last 20 games, Henson is hitting .343 (23-68, 3HR 14 RBI).
–With the solid outing by Sean O’Sullivan on Tuesday, Lehigh Valley starters are now 9-4 with a 2.80 ERA 109.1IP, 34ER) in their last 19 games.
–Lehigh Valley lost on Monday night after blowing an 8 run lead, tying a franchise record.
–Tyson Gillies is once again missing from the Lehigh Valley lineup, this time with a shoulder issue.
–Clete Thomas has reached base safely in 17 consecutive games
–Catcher Koyie Hill has hit safely in 14 of his 15 starts (.344)
–RP Cesar Jiminez is unscored upon in his last 4 outings, stranding all inherited runners as well.
Probables: Wednesday: Pettibone; Thursday: Buchanan; Friday: Smith; Saturday: Enright
Transactions: SS Troy Hanzawa was released making room for Ronny Cedeno who was activated from the temporary inactive list. Pitcher BJ Rosenberg was placed on the DL after suffering a concussion (hit in head by line drive)