The ‘Pigs complete their four game series in Columbus this morning and the first three games haven’t been pretty, losing all three falling to 15-17, in 5th place of the Northern Division on the International League, 4 games out of first place. Coming up this weekend, Lehigh Valley moves along to Toledo to finish up their 9 game road trip where they currently sit with a lone win and four losses. The ‘Pigs return home on Monday for a seven game home stand against Syracuse and Toledo.
News and Notes: After leading the International League in hitting in April (.271), the ‘Pigs are hitting just .213 in May, including .152 in the current series against Columbus.
–Over their last 8 game, the ‘Pigs have not scored a run after the 6th inning.
–RP Severino GOnzalez had a 9 inning scoreless streak snapped in his last appearance.
–P James Russell was forced to make a spot start on Monday and did a great job throwing four shutout innings.
–RP Edubray Ramos has made 2 appearances since his promotion from Reading and has thrown 3 scoreless innings, striking out 3.
–Over his last 15 games, OF Cedric Hunter is hitting .298.
–C Andy Knapp had 2 hits including a HR(4) last night, snapping a long 4-34 slump.
—Alec Asher has made two starts since being promoted from Reading and has been outstanding in both throwing a total of 15.2 innings and allowing just 3 runs (all unearned)on 5 hits. He has walked 2 and struck out 10, looking like a completely different pitcher commanding all his pitches well.
–After hitting .357 in April, INF Tyler Featherston is hitting .167 in May and has had significant issues in the field of late as well.
‘Pigs Prospects: Jake Thompson didn’t allow an earned run in his last outing during which he threw 5 innings and allowed 7 hits, but he did allow a 2 out grand slam which cost the ‘Pigs. Thompson continues to have an inconsistent start to the season with a 1-4 record to go along with a 4.06ERA and a 1.35WHIP. The opposition is hitting .265 against him and hitting a troubling .353 with RISP.
Zach Eflin had a bumpy outing in his last start, allowing 5 runs on 7 hits in 5.1IP. The 22 year old has a 3-0 record with a 3.13 ERA spanning his five starts and is holding the opposition to just a .211 avg while compiling a very impressive WHIP of 0.92.
Nick Williams has hit safely in 13 of his last 16 games (.338, 2HR 11RBI) continuing to hit well after his slow start. On the season, Williams is hitting .282 with 2HR 15RBI and 2SB. Against LHP, WIlliams is at .240 and against RHP Williams is hitting .299. Fielding can get very sloppy at times.
Tommy Joseph is hitting .352 on the year to go along with 6HR and 17RBI and continues to be the primary offensive catalyst on the team. Over his last 10 games, Joseph is hitting .297 and has begun to see more regular playing time at 1B as opposed to his primary role as DH earlier in the season. Joseph has made 3 errors in his 14 starts at 1B.
Next Week: Asher, Perkins, Knapp, Appel
League Leaders: Cameron Perkins is 5th in triples(2); Tommy Joseph is 5th in HR(6), 2nd in Slg (.626) and leads the league in avg. (.352); Zach Eflin is 5th in wins(3) and has the 5th best WHIP (0.92); Mark Appel is 6th in wins(3); David Buchanan has the 4th worst ERA (5.34); Edward Mujica is 6th in games (13) and leads the league in saves (8)
Transactions (Comings) Edubray Ramos (From Reading)
Transactions (Goings) Gregory Infante (to Reading)
Probables: Thur: Asher; Fri: Eflin; Sat: Buchanan; Sun: Thompson