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