The ‘Pigs lost last night and are struggling having gone 3-7 over their last 10 games and now sit at 55-70, and in 5th place of the Northern Division of the International League, 15 games behind division leading Scranton. With two and a half weeks left in their season, Lehigh Valley play in Scranton tonight, visit Pawtucket over the weekend, before returning to Coca Cola Park in Allentown for a three game series against Buffalo early next week.
–Sean O’Sullivan had an excellent outing on Tuesday against Scranton, going 8.1 innings without allowing an earned run, striking out 9.
–INF Taylor Pastornicky has reached base safely in all eight games since joining the IronPigs
–Tyler Henson remains unbelievable with men on base and two out, hitting .423 on the year and knocking in 24.
–Pigs catchers continue to lead the league in caught stealing % at 37%.
–Brian Bogusevic has hit in 14 of his last 15 games, hitting .381 with 5 homers over that span. Bogusevic is the 1st Lehigh Valley player to have four separate 10 game hitting streaks in one season. His average on the year sits at .297.
–After not pitching for three plus weeks, Severino Gonzalez looked strong last Saturday, allowing just one run on four hits in five innings of work.
–In 6 combined starts since the Cole Hamels deal, newly acquired pitchers Alec Asher and Jared Eickhoff are 3-1 with a combined 2.66ERA.
–In his last 5 appearances, RP Colton Murray has thrown 8.2 scoreless innings, hasn’t allowed a walk and struck out 9.
–Over his last 3 starts, Jesse Biddle is 0-3 with a 8.40ERA, allowing 26 hits (3 HR’s) in 15 innings of work. He is on the mound tonight.
–Over his last 9 games, Kelly Dugan is hitting .172 (5-29).
–Catcher Gabriel Lino continues slumping with the stick, hitting just 5-46 over his last 13 games.
‘Pigs League Leaders, Hitting:Chase D’Arnaud is 2nd in runs(68), 9th in triples (5); Brian Bogusevic is 6th in hits (123), 8th in OBP(.357), 8th in Slg (.432), 5th in average (.297) and 5th in OPS (.789); Tyler Henson is 6th in doubles(28); Jordan Danks is 8th in doubles(26) and 10th in strikeouts(110); Cord Phelps is 9th in walks(49).
Probables: Thur: Biddle; Fri: Asher; Sat: TBD
Transactions, Coming: Severino Gonzalez (activated from DL); Russ Canzler activated from DL; Tommy Joseph (activated from DL)
Going: INF KC Serna (Reading); Jason Berken (Temp Inactive List); Chris McGuinness (Released); OF Aaron Altherr (Philadelphia)