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The Phillies are 28-29. They are 2-5 on their current 10-game home stand. They were swept by the Nationals before splitting 4 games with the Brewers. Their next 3 games are against the Cubs. Continue reading Open Discussion: Week of June 6th
Lehigh Valley (30-26) Beat Charlotte, 11-3. Jake Thompson pitched six shutout innings. Edubray Ramos allowed his first earned run in 16.2 AAA innings. And the IronPigs pounded out eight extra base hits. Darnell Sweeney (3), Andrew Knapp (7), Taylor Featherston (7), Max Venable (2), and Nick Williams (7) hit home runs. Williams also had a triple and 4 RBI (28). Former Phillie Phillippe Aumont faced 6 batters, retired none, and gave up 5 earned runs for the Knights. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 6/5/2016
Darin Ruf, 29, Phils 20th round pick in 2009; .267/.305/.507 in 75AB; 5HR 16RBI; 5%BB/20%K; .286 vs LHP; .255 vs RHP; .350 last 10 games; 10 games at 1B without an error; 5 games in the OF without an error; After being sent down due to his early season struggled with the bat, Ruf has been hitting fairly consistently since joining the ‘Pigs lineup, providing good punch.
Brock Stassi, 26, Phils 33th round pick in 2011; .252/.373/.378 in 127AB; 2HR 15RBI; 16%BB/15%K; .219 vs LHP; .263 vs RHP; .333 in last 10 games; 33 games at 1B without an error (8.45R/F). Stassi started the year very slowly with the bat, but even so, his eye at the plate has provided a well above average OBP. Slick with the glove, Stassi has lost time at 1B since Ruf was sent down.
Taylor Featherston, 26, Signed as a free agent in 2016; .274/.314/.468 in 201 AB; 7HR 15RBI; 3%BB/18%K; .226 vs LHP; .295 vs RHP; .190 last 10 games; .186 with RISP; 24 games at 3B with 6 errors (.887); 16 games at SS with 5 errors; 9 games at 2B with 1 error (.971); Featherston came out of the gate very hot but has cooled significantly with the bat recently and has struggled with RISP. Also has made several crucial errors as of late.
Rhys Hoskins, 23, Phils 5th round pick in 2014; .250/.313/.475 in 204AB; 12HR 36RBI; 8%BB/27%K; .256 vs LHP; .248 vs RHP; .205 last 10 games; .271 with RISP; 49 games at 1B with 5 errors (.988); 8.76 R/F. Hoskins has provided late game heroics through multiple walk off home runs and provided solid consistent power in the middle of the Reading lineup. Like most power hitters, strikeout rate is high. Continue reading Around the SYstem–Corner Infield
Lehigh Valley completes the first leg of a two city eight game road trip with their finale against CHarlotte today, having won two of their first three games. Following todays game, it is onward to Gwinnett for a four game series. After starting the season 15-17, Lehigh Valley is 14-9 since May 12th and 29-26 on the year. The ‘Pigs are currently in 4th place of the Northern DIvision of the International League, 1.5 games behind division leading Buffalo.
News and Notes: C Logan Moore had two starts this week, one where he had four hits and the second where he had three hits including his first homer of the year.
–Over his last 17 games, OF Cedric Hunter is hitting .329 with 3HR and 13RBI. He currently has a six game winning streak.
–Over his last 9 games, 1B Darin Ruf is hitting .371 qith 3HR and 10RBI.
–RP Luis Garcia has been pitching very well as of late, and is unscored upon in 9 of his last 11 games, with 3 wins, a 1.38ERA and 14 K’s in 13IP during that time period.
–RP Edubray Ramos is now unscored upon in all 10 games since he joined Lehigh Valley, spanning 14.2IP. He earned his first AAA save this week. Continue reading Lehigh Valley Report
Lehigh Valley (29-26) Lost to Charlotte, 8-4. David Buchanan imploded for six runs in the second inning. Seve Gonzalez chipped in with 2 runs after the IronPigs closed within 6-4. Logan Moore had 3 hits and his first home run. Cameron Perkins had 2 hits. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 6/4/2016