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.
—Brian Bogusevic has hit safely in 51 of his 57 starts this year and has not gone back to back games without a hit. Based upon the Phillies roster moves up until this point of the year, Bogusevic is extremely unlikely to receive a major league call up and has a July 1st opt out to his minor league contract.
–Lehigh Valley continues to lead the league in walks allowed, having given up 8% more than the next closest team.
–When Dom Brown was called up to Philly on the 14th, he was tied for the league lead in extra base hits during June with 7. He left Lehigh Valley with twice as many OF assists (6) as any other member of the OF.
‘Pigs Prospects: Jake Diekman has been unscored upon in his 6 games with Lehigh Valley since his demotion from Philadelphia. He is throwing with increasing command and confidence, earning 3 saves, striking out seven and allowing just one walk in his seven innings of work. I would expect him back in Philadelphia with another two weeks of similar work.
Hector Neris finally has seemed to get it together after a miserable late April and most of May. In his last appearance he entered with runners at 2nd and 3rd with no one out and stranded both runners and going back over his last half dozen games, he has thrown 10.1 innings, hasnt yielded and ER, and has truck out 11. Neris currently hold the ‘Pigs longest scoreless streak at 12.1IP.
Gabriel Lino has hit safely in 9 of the first 10 games he has plated in since his promotion from Reading. Lino has followed up his success at Reading throwing out potential base stealers by throwing out 5 of the first 11 trying to steal on him in AAA.
Next Week: Nola, Ruf, Morgan, Aumont
‘Pigs League Leaders, Hitting:Brian Bogusevic is 7th in AB’s(239), 5th in RS(34), 2nd in hits(76), 10th in OBP(.374), 6th in SLG(.448) and 4th in avg (.318); Jayson Nix has the worst avg in the league at (.158)
Pitching:Adam Morgan has the 6th most losses (6), 7th worst WHIP (1.58) and 8th worst ERA (4.74); Joely Rodriguez has the 7th most losses (6), 2nd worst WHIP (1.84), 2nd worst ERA(6.32) and is 3rd in walks allowed(37); Phillippe Aumont is 3rd in ERA (2.35), 8th in K’s(58) and 2nd in walks allowed(41); Cesar Jiminez is 6th in games(25); Seth Rosin is 7th in games(25)
Transactions: Comings: Adam Loewen (Reading); Darin Ruf (Philadelphia), Aaron Nola (Reading), Juan Gutierrez (Signed as free agent)
Goings: Joely Rodriguez (Reading); Nick Hill (Released), Domonic Brown (Phillies), Tyler Knigge (Reading), Hector Neris (Phils), Ethan Martin (Clearwater)