After losing five of six, Lehigh Valley began their season long 10 game road trip in Toledo with 3 straight wins and are now 22-13 over their last 35 games, good for 4th place of the Northern Division of the International League, 11 games behind division leading Scranton. After one more in Toledo, the ‘Pigs continue on to Columbus for a weekend series.
News and Notes: Jerad Eickhoff was outstanding in his Lehigh Valley debut on Tuesday allowing just one earned run on six hits in six innings of work. He walked a lone batter and struck out 7, picking up the win. Over the last 10 starts, Eickhoff is 6-1 with a 3.12ERA.
–SInce his promotion in late June, Aaron Altherr ranks 2nd in the IL in both runs scored and RBI’s and has now hit 7 AAA homers (13 overall this year). He also went 34 games in AAA before being held hitless in back to back games.
—Chase D’Arnaud has become quite the offensive catalyst for Lehigh Valley. Over the last 13 games, he has hit safely in 12 and is hitting .346 (18-52) with 17RS and 10SB. He has been successful in his last 17 SB attempts
-Tyler Henson has hit in 10 of the last 11 games during which he has hit .426 with 11RS.
–RP Adam Loewen remains lights out having been unscored upon in his last 12 games, spanning 15.1IP. He has earned 7 saves during that time period and struck out 1.
–With his two homer night on Monday, Erik Kratz tied a team record. It was the 26th time the ‘Pigs have had a player homer twice in one game.
–Newly acquired SP Alec Asher has made quality starts in each of his last 3 starts.
—Jared Eickhoff, acquired in the Cole Hames deal is 6-1 with a 3.12ERA in his last 10 starts since June 12th, including his Lehigh Valley debut during which he gave up just a lone earned run in six innings of work.
–In his last 12 games combined between AA and AAA, RP COlton Murray has a 1.46ERA, 0.89WHIP, walked just 4 and struck out 20 in 24.2IP.
–Catcher Gabrial Lino is in quite the skid with the bat, going 1 for his last 24 and is hitting just .127 (7-55) over his last 15 games. That said, his defense has remained very good.
‘Pigs League Leaders, Hitting:Chase D’Arnaud is 2nd in runs(65), 9th in SB(23), 4th in triples (4); Tyler Henson is 6th in doubles (26) and 9th in SB(23); Chris McGuiness is 2nd in walks (53)
Pitching:Cesar Jiminez is 4th in games(40); Adam Loewen is 8th in saves(10)
Transactions: Comings: P CHris Leroux (Reading); Colton Murray (Reading); OF Kelly Dugan (Reading); P Alec Asher (Texas); P Jerad Eickhoff (Texas)
Goings: P Severino Gonzalez (DL); David Buchanan (Philadelphia); Dailer Hinojosa (Philadelphia); Jordan Danks (Philadelphia); RP Juan Gutierrez (Released)
Probables: Thur: Vasquez; Fri: Biddle; Sat: Asher; Sun: Eickhoff