Lehigh Valley wrapped on their three game series against Louisville today with a 10-6 loss and now sit at 25-24 and in 5th place of the Northern Division of the International League, 3.5 games behind division leading Scranton. After losing five of their last six games, Lehigh Valley will face Norfolk who come into Coca Cola Park for a three game series Monday thru Wednesday before leaving on an 8 game road trip to Charlotte and Gwinnett.
News and Notes: James Russell made another start on Saturday evening vs. Louisville and was effective once again, giving up 2 earned runs in 5 innings of work, extending himself to 55 pitches during his 3rd start of the year.
–OF Cedric Hunter continues to play well after being sent down from Philly hitting .340 over his last 12 games (12-40) and .304 over his last 27 games (31-102).
—Darin Ruf has 5HR in 51AB with Lehigh Valley this season.
–RP Luis Garcia is unscored upon in 7 of his last 8 games, during which his ERA is 0.96. Perhaps more importantly, he has regained his control having walked just 2 in 9.1IP during that span.
–Over his last 17G, RP Edward Mujica has a 2.84ERA and has saved 11, walking just 1 in 19IP.
–Ben Lively was effective in his AAA debut on Friday, giving up just 2 earned runs on five hits over 7 innings. He did not figure in the decision.
‘Pigs Prospects: JP Crawford reached base safely in 7 of his first 8 games with Lehigh Valley (6H, 5BB) including his first 7 games. With his AAA debut, Crawford became the youngest ‘Pig of all time at 21 yrs, 130D. Prior to his callup, Crawford was hitting .265 with 3HR and 13RBI for Reading.
Edubray Ramos has been outstanding since arriving from AA Reading now having thrown 11.1 scoreless innings in his 8 appearances. Perhaps even more impressive is the fact that he has struck out 28 and walked just 2 in his 26.2IP between Lehigh Valley and Reading this year.
After three consecutive outstanding starts during which Zach Eflin threw 17 consecutive scoreless innings, Eflin came back to Earth on Sunday looking shaky against Louisville, going 5 innings and giving up 6 runs on 9 hits. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out three. Still, 9 starts in, Eflin’s ERA sits at 2.81 and his WHIP is an outstanding 0.88.
Nick Williams has hit safely in his last 8 games (13-32, .406). He continues to lead the team in OF assists as well with 4. On the year, Williams is putting up solid numbers, hitting .287 with 4HR and 20RBI, to go along with 4SB.
Next Report: Thompson, Lively, Knapp
‘Pigs League Leaders,(Thru Saturday) Hitting:Taylor Featherston is 10th in runs (23), 8th in hits(49), 5th in triples(3), and 9th in SLG (.471). Pitching: Zach Eflin leads the league in wins(5), is 10th in IP(52.2) 6th in ERA (2.05) and leads the league in WHIP (0.80); Mark Appel has the 6th worst ERA (4.46); David Buchanan has the 8th worst ERA (4.44); Edward Mujica is 7th in games (19) and leads the league in saves(11); Jake Thompson leads the league in HR allowed (7)
Probables: Mon: Buchanan; Tues: Thompson; Wed: Lively; Thur: Russell
Transactions, Comings: P Frank Herrmann (activated from DL)
Goings: INF Carlos Alonso (assigned to Reading); Mark Appel (placed on DL/shoulder)