Daily Archives: June 18, 2015

Lehigh Valley Report

It has been ugly for Lehigh Valley who are in the midst of a seven game home stand and have lost 17 of their last 24 games, even after their walk off come from behind win last night.  Hope comes tonight with the introduction of Aaron Nola into the IronPigs rotation with his scheduled start against Buffalo.  At 25-43, the ‘Pigs are in 5th place of the Northern Division of the International League, 13.5 games behind division leading Scranton.  Scranton visits Coca Cola Park over the weekend before an off day on Monday.

News and Notes: Tyler Henson is hitting .542 (13-24) with RISP and two out.  Not bad.

–SP Adam Morgan threw two innings (35 pitches) on Wednesday night before being removed from the game.  Not injured, speculation quickly grew that he was being removed to keep him fresh to pitch Sunday for the Phils in Jerome Williams spot in the rotation.  That speculation was seemingly stomped after the game when Manager Dave Brundage commented that they were simply trying to limit Morgan’s innings and did not have an available starter to take Morgan’s rotation spot.  Not sure how much I am buying into that.

–I have no real idea why Jayson Nix was re-acquired.  He was awful last year and continues to be awful .  He is 0 for his last 18 and 4-38 in his last 11 games.

–1B Chris McGuiness is hitting .177(11-62) over his last 19 games and has fallen to .234 on the year

–SS Edgar Duran, who has been out around a month with a hamstring strain, is close to returning. Continue reading Lehigh Valley Report

Box Score Recap – 6/17/2015

Lehigh Valley (25-43) beat Bufalo Bisons 8-7 in a game that featured 4 lead changes.  Adam Morgan only pitched 2.0 innings and was pulled after 35 pitches.  Speculation about an injury or possible call-up to the Phillies was put to rest after the game when Coach Brundage revealed that it was an organizational decision to cut back on Morgan’s innings, but he didn’t have a SP available to completely skip Morgan’s appearance.

The IronPigs chased Randy Wolf after 5.0 innings.  They came from behind 3 times as the bullpen couldn’t hold a lead and won on Chris McGuinness’ walk off 2-run single.  Darin Ruf went 1-5 but had a double and 2 RBI.  Cord Phelps went 3-4 with a BB, HR, and 2 RBI.  Gabriel Lino went 2-3 with an RBI.  McGuinness had 3 hits, Chase d’Arnaud and Russ Canzler had two each.  The ”Pigs mounted a 15-hit attack.

Thursday is Nola Day as Aaron Nola makes his AAA debut. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 6/17/2015