Lehigh Valley Report

The ‘Pigs have won 2 of three on this 7 game home and continue at home with one more against Toledo tonight, followed by a weekend series at home against Syracuse.  Since their low water mark of 22-42 in mid June, the ‘Pigs have gone 22-12 including wins in 15 of their last 22 games.  With six weeks left in the season, Lehigh Valley sits at 44-54, in 4th place of the Northern Division of the International League, 8 games behind division leading Rochester.  Next week starts on the road for two in Scranton.

News and Notes: Fan Favorite Erik Kratz returned to Lehigh Valley with a 3-4, 2RS, 2 double effort in his first game back in an IronPig uniform.

–Over his last two starts, Pitcher Anthony Vasquez has allowed just one earned run on 9 hits, spanning 14 innings.

–RP Adam Loewen has been perfect over his last six outings, retiring all 18 batters he has faced. Since returning from AA just over a month ago, Loewen has help the opposition scoreless in 17 of 18 outings, earned 8 saves, and struck out an astounding 35 in 21.1 innings of work.  

–Since Aaron Altherr’s promotion to AAA, he is tied for 6th in RBI’s in the IL over that time period.

–Over the last month, OF Jordan Danks leads the league in doubles (10) and is tied for 6th in RS(16).

–Over the last six weeks, OF Russ Canzler is hitting .339 with 6HR and 27RBI, and is tied for 3rd in the IL in extra base hits during that time period.

–SP Jason Berken has had 4 consecutive quality starts and is 4-4 with a 2.56ERA in his 10 starts this year.

–Over his last 12 outings, RP Juan Gutierrez is 3-0 with a 1.04ERA and 2SV, walking 5 and striking out 14 in 17.2IP

–INF Chase D’Arnaud leads the IL in multi hit games with 26.

‘Pigs League Leaders, Hitting: Chase D’Arnaud is 4th in runs(51); Russ Canzler is 8th in doubles(20); Chris McGuiness is 8th in walks(39); Brian Bogusevic is 7th in avg (.306)

Pitching:Cesar Jiminez is 7th in games (35), Even having been gone for weeks, Phillipe Aumont is 4th in walks allowed(41)

‘Pigs Prospects: Jesse Biddle has named IL Pitcher of the week for the week ending 7/19 because of his performance throwing 7 shutout innings while yielding just 3 hits and striking out 7 last Friday.  He followed that up with another good outing last night giving up just one earned run in 5.2IP against Toledo.  The four walks allowed last night will create long term problems if that continues, however, two major steps forward for Biddle who is clearing showing he has the “stuff” to succeed.  He “simply” needs to maintain the confidence to succeed (which isnt all that simple as well all know).

Gabriel Lino has cooled down a bit with the bat, hitting .250 over his last 13G after starting very hot in AAA.  Still, over his last 43 games between Reading and Lehigh Valley, Lino is hitting .288 and is throwing runners out at a clip exceeding 40%, which is excellent.

Next Week, Altherr, Gonzalez and Ogando

Transactions, Comings: INF Devin Lohman (Reading), C Erik Kratz (Signed), RP Dailer Jinojosa (Waiver claim, Red Sox); SP Severino Gonzalez (Phillies); Chris Leroux (activated from Temporary inactive list)

Goings: INF Edgar Duran (DL, toe), C Blake Forsythe (Released), SP David Buchanan (Phillies); RP Tyler Knigge (traded to Seattle)

Probables: Thur: O’Sullivan; Fri: Gonzalez; Sat: Berken; Sun: Vasquez

11 thoughts on “Lehigh Valley Report

  1. Altherr seriously needs to be called up already regardless if they trade Revere or Francoeur, or drop DBrown. It’s obvious he’s ready for the MLB. I also don’t think Loewen at age 31 needs to be spending too much more time in AAA if he’s dominating this much. Let’s get Dugan up here and see what he can do.

  2. Was at the game last night. Biddle looked good. I saw him a couple times at the beginning of the season and now a couple more recently and he is back as top 10 prospect in the Phils org on my list. I would hope he gets called up in the next few weeks or at worst when the MLB rosters expand in Sept.

    On another note at the opposite end of the org,…any Ortiz sightings? I have checked the DSL boxes to see when he will show, but maybe he is somewhere else?

  3. Ortiz won’t play till next year, he is probably working out either in Clearwater or on one of the Phillie sites in Latin America.

  4. By the way, RemHoward, since you were at the game…what happened to Biddle during those final 4 hitters? Suddenly he couldn’t throw a strike, was he getting squeezed by the ump and lost his concentration or did he just suddenly lose it? What happened?

    This has always been the issue with Biddle…he will suddenly go through stretches where he looks like he has never picked up a baseball in his life. Did that happen again last night or he just got tired?

    1. Might’ve just been tired.

      That last inning aside, I’m liking what I’m seeing so far, and I hope it continues. He’s pitching on Tuesday, and I’m hoping bad Biddle doesn’t show up again.

    2. It was a long previous half-inning and Jesse reported that even with the two strikeouts at the beginning of the inning he didn’t feel right–not as loose as he wanted to be. Almost like trying to come back from a rain delay. Some talk that maybe he should have grabbed one of the backup catchers and thrown in the tunnel or the cages.

  5. scott profrock said Ortiz will play in dsl next summer. did not go out of his way to praise the kid. said its basically a crap shoot with kids this age despite the money they paid him. not real optimistic after hearing him talk about him and his drop in his international ranking status.

  6. I heard that interview he never saw that kid. But heard about his power but he said is young and you hope for best with young latin players

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