With their 12-1 win on Tuesday, the ‘Pigs snapped a four game losing streak, and continued on a roll Wednesday with a 5-3 victory and now sit at 8-20 and continue in last place of the Northern Division of the International League, 9.5 games behind division leading Pawtucket. After a much needed off day on Thursday, Lehigh Valley returns home for three games over the weekend against Gwinnett followed by three more at home against Columbus.
News and Notes: With their 19 hits on Tuesday evening against Louisville, the ‘Pigs set a new franchise high for hits in a game. Lehigh Valley entered Tuesdays game having hit just 5HR all year, but knocked three homers during Tuesday evening.
—Brian Bogusevic continues to swing a hot bat, and has hit in the last 10 consecutive games hitting .425 over that time period (17-40, 10R, 2HR 7RBI). He has also hit safely in 21 of his last 22 games, hitting .371 over that span (33-89)
—Jason Berken threw well enough to pick up one of the rare wins for Lehigh Valley starters on Tuesday, allowing just a lone run in 5IP.
—SS Chase D’Arnaud has hit safely in 8 of his last 10 games, hitting .317 over that time span.
–P Seth Rosin has been unscored upon in his last 7 appearances, spanning 10.1IP. He earned a save and allowed a lone walk in those games.
–Going back to last season and over his last 80 IL games, Maikel Franco is hitting .323 with 13HR and 60RBI.
–RP Cesar Jiminez has not allowed a run in his last 5 games, and now hold the all time Lehigh Valley lead in ERA (2.44)
–In his last 4 starts, Paul Clemens has walked 19 hitters in 17IP.
–Even with the teams abysmal performance, the ‘Pigs remain a consistent attraction, averaging of 7,700 fans per game in the early going. They rank second in attendance in the International League
‘Pigs Prospects: Adam Morgan–It has been less than smooth for Morgan as he continues to get back into form after missing 2014 due to injury. 5 starts in, he is 0-3 with a 3.90ERA, which is not all that bad, until you consider that opponents are hitting .330 against him. He has had good control, walking just 2 hitters per 9 IP, however he has been unable to put away the opposition striking out just 3.6 per 9. In his outstanding 2012 campaign, Morgan struck out over a hitter an inning. Very hittable, is what currently describes Morgan.
Hector Neris is unscored upon in 6 of his last six games, and is 3-3 with a 2.11ERA in 25 games in the IL dating back to last season. After an ugly outing last Saturday in which he gave up 3ER in 0.2IP, he pitched a clean inning on Tuesday.
Next week: Franco, Buchanan, Joseph
‘Pigs League leaders(thru Tuesday), Hitting:Maikel Franco leads the league in AB’s(109), leads the league in doubles(10), and is 2nd in hits(35); Brian Bogusevic is 7th in hits(35)
Pitching: Joely Rodriguez has the 4th worst ERA (7.14), league’s worst WHIP (2.10) and is tied for the lead in walks allowed(20) and is 8th in IP(29); Colton Murray is 3rd in games (11); Paul Clemens is tied for the lead in walks allowed(20) and has the fifth worst WHIP (1.91); Adam Loewen is 5th in walks allowed(16)
Transactions: SP David Buchanan was optioned to Lehigh Valley from Philly last Saturday, and is expected to join the rotation. Likewise, SP Severino Gonzalez was optioned to Lehigh Valley on Monday and is expected to re-join the rotation. On Tuesday, C John Hester was activated from the DL and assigned to Reading. Also on Tuesday, OF Darin Mastroianni was traded to Washington for cash considerations.
Probables: Friday: Aumont; Saturday: Morgan; Sunday: CLemens