Monthly Archives: April 2015

Box Score Recap – 4/30/2015

Lehigh Valley beat Durham, 4-2.  Chad Billingsley allowed 5 hits and a walk while striking out 6 through 5.2 innings.  Lehigh’s only error led to 2 unearned runs.  Maikel Franco had the day off.  Dom Brown had 2 hits (.182) and 2 RBIs.  Tommy Joseph returned to the starting line up and went 1-4. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 4/30/2015

Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

After starting 3-4, the ‘Pigs have lost 12 of their last 16 games and are in last place of the Northern Division of the International League, already 8 games behind division leading Buffalo.  Lehigh Valley has been a very difficult team to watch, as the combination of very poor fielding and little control from the pitching staff have led to the teams 6-16 start.  The ‘Pigs hit the road for a three game weekend series in Indianapolis, followed by three games in Louisville next Monday thru Wednesday.

News and Notes: With his 9 strikeouts on Tuesday evening, Paul Clemens set a Lehigh Valley season high.  Unfortunately, he also allowed 5 walks and threw 90 pitches in 4 innings of work.

–The ‘Pigs have gone 121.2 innings without a home run, and have hit only 4 all season, last in the IL. Continue reading Lehigh Valley Weekly Report

Box Score Recap – 4/28/2015

Lehigh Valley lost 3-1 to the Durham Bulls.  Paul Clemens gave up 2 runs on three hits and 5 walks while striking out nine.  But it took him 89 pitches to complete 4.0 innings.  Maikel Franco went 1-4 and is hitting .333.  Rene Garcia went 1-3 and is hitting .278.  Looks like he might warrant more starts behind the plate. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 4/28/2015

Threshers Fall to Yankees; April 28, 2015

Clearwater lost 8-7 to the Tampa Yankees.  The Threshers couldn’t hold an early lead, but came back to tie before falling behind again.  Late runs conceded to the Yankees came back to haunt as the Threshers ninth inning rally fell short.
Continue reading Threshers Fall to Yankees; April 28, 2015

Box Score Recap – 4/27/2015

Lehigh Valley lost 7-4 to Durham.  Adam Morgan threw 95 pitches in 5.2 innings.  He left with a runner on second base and 4 runs across.  Adam Loewen walked all 4 batters he faced in the 6-run sixth inning. The IronPigs commited 4 errors.  Maikel Franco went 2-5 with another double and an RBI.   Continue reading Box Score Recap – 4/27/2015

Open Discussion: Week of April 27th

Here’s an open discussion thread so the minor league posts don’t get cluttered with Phillies’ talk and other topics.

After 19 games, Papelbon has made 7 appearances, 6 games finished (4 saves, 2 others).  He gave up his first earned run of the season today.

Some other random stuff to light the fire –

  • Chase Utley .121/.206/.224/.430 (worst among Phillies’ starters)
  • Phillies .214/.272/.323/.594 (worst in NL)
  • The Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright could miss the rest of the season after suffering an Achilles injury.
  • The Tigers’ Joe Nathan will undergo surgery for a torn ulnar collateral ligament and a tendon in his right elbow and miss the rest of the season.
  • The Red Sox starting rotation has a 5.77 ERA (Kelly 4.08, Bucchholz 4.84, Masterson 5.16, Porcello 6.48, Miley 8.62).

Box Score Recap – 4/26/2015

Lehigh Valley threw a bullpen game at Buffalo and won 3-1.  Phillippe Aumont (1.06 ERA) pitched 5.0 shut out innings allowing 3 hits, NO walks, and struck out two.  The bullpen had varying degrees of success, but allowed only one earned run, and picked up 3 holds and a save.  Darin Mastroianni had a 3-hit game.  Maikel Franco went hitless, but Tommy Joseph was 1 for 3 with a double. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 4/26/2015

Box Score Recap – 4/25/2015

Lehigh Valley fell 7-1 as Chad Billingsley had a rough outing.  He went 5.0 innings and threw 53 strikes on 78 pitches.  He allowed 7 runs on 8 hits and 2 walks.  Maikel Franco went 2 for 4 and picked up his 10th RBI with his 9th double.  Jason Berken pitched 3.0 scoreless innings.  Colton Murray pitched a clean ninth inning. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 4/25/2015

J.P. Crawford Update

J.P. Crawford went 3 for 4 as DH in XST today. He pulled a routine ground ball to first base in his first at bat. He lined a ball back up the middle that ricocheted off the pitcher’s foot for a single in his second at bat. And, he lined a drive over the second baseman for a single in his third at bat.

Crawford’s fourth at bat was high drama. He took a called strike, and didn’t like the call. He backed out of the box and was admonished by the umpire to get back in the box. Crawford slowly placed the arch of his left foot on the chalk line, then removed it and stepped back. The umpire immediately told him to get back in the box, again. One of the Phillies’ bench coaches (Williamsport Hitting Coach, Ed Dennis, I think) yelled, “Let him get ready!”. The umpire responded, “It’s a rule!”. Meanwhile, Crawford took his position in the box. Later in the at bat, he slashed a line drive over the shortstop into left center. He busted out of the box and hustled into second ahead of a weak throw for a double. This at bat came against a LHP.

No word on how quickly he will be activated.