After a six game winning streak, the ‘Pigs have quickly found themselves back mired in a three game losing streak and are facing a doubleheader tonight on the road against Gwinnett before moving on to Charlotte for a weekend series. On the year the ‘Pigs are 18-29 and have finally climbed out of last place in the Northern Division of the International League, now sitting in 5th, 8 games behind division leading Rochester.
News and Notes: Lehigh Valley set a franchise record in allowing 12 walks in their game against Charlotte last Saturday evening.
–Lehigh Valley continue to lead the league in walks allowed by a landslide, having allowed over 12% more walks than the next closest team.
–The ‘Pigs continue to draw well, averaging almost 8,400 fans per game in the early months with a team playing very poorly.
–Since being sent down to AAA, Dustin McGowan has appeared in 4 games, pitched 4.1 scoreless innings and earned 3 saves. He is now entrenched in the closers role for the ‘Pigs.
–Jason Berken goes into tonights start having not allowed an ER in his last 11.1 innings.
–Domonic Brown and Brian Bogusevic lead the team in OF assists with 3 each.
–Over his last 9 appearances for Lehigh Valley, RP Hector Neris is 0-1 with a 9.39ERA.
–RP Seth Rosin has been outstanding as of late, throwing 8.2 consecutive scoreless over 6 appearances, allowing just 1 walk.
–INF Jayson Nix is 2-27 since re-joining the team via trade.
‘Pigs Prospects: Cody Asche has been adjusting to LF well and been hot at the plate, currently with a 7 game hitting streak and hitting .317 over his last ten games. My hope would be that Asche is back in Philly sometime late June.
Phillippe Aumont is 2-1 with a 1.69ERA as a starter in his 6 starts, with each one being very good before his last start during which he allowed 8 walks and threw two wild pitches. Both RH and LH hitters are hitting well under .200 against him, the key continues to be his control. He is on the mound today in what will be a very important start to show the Phils whether he rejuvenation as a starter was a temporary mirage or whether they might have something here.
Joely Rodriguez had an awful start to the year, pitched well in three consecutive starts before a very mediocre performance last night in which he allowed 4ER in 6IP, walking 3 and failing to record a strikeout. Over his last 5 starts, Rodriguez is 2-2 with a 3.69ERA, so here is to hoping last nights mediocrity was an aberration on the road back to success.
Next Week: Morgan, Rosin, Brown
‘Pigs League Leaders, Hitting: Brian Bogusevic is 5th in hits(51); Maikel Franco is 7th in hits(50), 6th in doubles(12), 3rd in SLG(.539) and leads the league in avg (.355).
Pitching:Phillippe Aumont leads the league in ERA (1.69) and is 4th in walks allowed(24); Colton Murray leads the league in games(20); Cesar Jiminez is 3rd in games(19); Joely Rodriguez leads the league in starts(10), is 5th in IP(54.2), 3rd in walks allowed(26) and has the 6th worst WHIP (1.68)
Probables: Thur: Aumont; Fri: Morgan
Transactions: Comings: RP Tyler Knigge (from Reading), C Blake Forsythe (from Reading)
Goings: RP Colton Murray (To Reading), RP Adam Loewen (to Reading)