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.
–Phillippe Aumont made his first start in almost five years last Sunday and it was a very successful one, going five scoreless, yielding just 3 hits and most importantly, no walks. Aumont threw 63 pitches, 46 for strikes. He is now a member of the Lehigh Valley rotation.
–OF Brian Bogusevic has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games (21-63, .333) and had a 11 game hitting streak during that time period.
–Over his last two starts, Joely Rodriguez (acquired for Antonio Bastardo) has given up 12 ER in 8.1IP.
–Over his last 16 games, Russ Canzler is hitting .352 (19-54) with 11 runs scored.
‘Pigs League Leaders–Hitting:Maikel Franco leads the league in AB’s(88), leads the league in hits (28), and leads the league in doubles(10); Russ Canzler is 5th in runs (12), 10th in avg (.338) and 9th in walks(10).
Pitching:Phillippe Aumont is third in ERA(1.06) and 9th in WHIP (1.06); Colton Murray is 2nd in games(9); Chad Billingsley is third in HR allowed(3); Joely Rodriguez leads the league in walks allowed(17); Paul Clemens is third in walks allowed(16); Adam Loewen is 4th in walks allowed(16)
‘Pigs prospects: Maikel Franco is hitting .329 over his last 19 games and leads the IL in the categories mentioned above along with extra base hits and total bases. Good work with the glove as well, as entering todays game, Franco has committed just a lone error in 53 total chances. On the year, Franco is at .318/.355/.489 in 88 AB’s; he has hit 1HR and has 11RBI to go along with 5%BB and 23%K rates.
Tommy Joseph has really struggled at the plate, hitting just .163/.180/.224 in 49 AB’s to start the year. Joseph is without any homers, and has just 3 extra base hits to go along with his 6 RBI’s. His walk rate is 2% and strikeout rate is 22% .Marked improvement throwing out would be base stealers as Joseph has thrown out 5/11 thus far.
Colton Murray has been pitching well, with one disastrous outing causing his numbers to be significantly inflated. He has not allowed an ER in 8 of his 9 appearances, but allowed 4 in 0.2IP in the aberration. Opponents are hitting just .159 against Murray, but like most Lehigh Valley pitchers walks have been a real problem having allowed 8 in 12IP.
Next week: Morgan, Neris
Probables: Fri: Aumont, Sat: Morgan; Sun: Clemens; Mon: Rodriguez
Transactions: Last Thursday, RP Nick Hill was activated from the DL; On Tuesday, SP Severino Gonzalez was called up to Philadelphia; RP Hector Neris and OF Domonic Brown were optioned from Philadelphia; and RP Adam Loewen was placed on the temporary inactive list.