Lehigh Valley (42-31) Beat Norfolk, 2-1. Ben Lively allowed a first inning run on a solo home run then held the Tides to 2 more hits and a walk in 7.0 innings. Colton Murray (1-1, 5.56) got the win. Edward Mujica (4.06) got his 17th save. J.P. Crawford and Emmanuel Burriss had 2 hits apiece. Crawford drove in the go ahead run with a single to right in the ninth. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 6/22/2016
Lehigh Valley has started their seven game road swing with two wins in Norfolk and have won seven of their last nine games and now sit 10 games above .500 at 41-31, just passed the half way point of the season. They are currently in 3rd place of the Northern Division of the International League, 3 games back of division leading Rochester. In the wild card race, the ‘Pigs are one game behind Scranton, who are currently leading the wild card race. The road trip continues with two more In Norfolk before a weekend series in Durham.
News and Notes: Lehigh Valley has not committed multiple errors in any of their last 33 games, clearly a recipe for success.
–Over the last two weeks, the LV bullpen is 5-1 with a 1.29ERA with 4 saves. During that time period, they have allowed just 7ER in 49IP.
–INF Emmanuel Burriss has hit safely in 8 of the 9 games he has started
–OF Cedric Hunter remains very hot, having hit .348 over the last three weeks, raising his average to .312.
—Edward Mujica remains consistent for Lehigh Valley with a 2.54ERA and 16 saves in his last 26 games. With the troubles the Phils are having, seeing him in Philly soon would not surprise me. Continue reading Lehigh Valley Report
Andy Knapp, 24, Phils 2nd round pick in 2013; .267/.335/.431 in 202AB; 7HR 29RBI; 1SB; 9%BB/22%K; .247 vs LHP; .279 vs RHP; .328 in June; 52 games caught with 6 errors (.984); 9 passed balls; 9/30 CS (30%); Knapp has been heating up with the bat and his arm as of late, having a very good June. The caught stealing rate is now respectable. His receiving, while improving, remains a concern.
Logan Moore, 25, Phils 9th round pick in 2011; .262/.336/.402 in 107AB between Reading and Lehigh Valley; 3HR 12RBI; 10%BB/24%K; Hitting .316 in June; 34 games caught with 2 errors (.992); 0 passed balls; 13/27 (48%); Moore has seen fairly limited playing time but has produced when playing. His defense remains major league back up worthy.
Jorge Alfaro, 23, Acquired from Texas in 2015; .303/.315/.489 in 188AB; 7HR 37RBI; 2%BB/22%K; .250 vs LHP; .318 vs RHP; .238 in June; 43 games caught with 2 errors (.995); 2 passed balls; 17/41 CS (41%); After starting the year scalding hot with the bat, Alfaro has cooled off but still a very impressive body of work with the bat and glove this year thus far.
Joel Fisher, 23, Phils 23rd round pick in 2014; Hitting .235 with 2 HR and 7RBI in 35AB between Lakewood and Reading; 12 games caught with 1 errors (.988); 0 passed balls; 8/16 CS (50%); Fisher has done exactly what has been asked, especially defensively in his limited playing time.
Gabriel Lino, 23, Acquired from Baltimore in 2012; .199/.264/.279 in 136AB; 2HR 6RBI; 7%BB/22%K; .257 vs LHP; .178 vs RHP; .077 in June; 40 games caught with 7 errors (.981); 5 passed balls; 21/54 CS (39%). Simply a pretty brutal year thus far from Lino whose stock has slipped considerably.
Chace Numata, 23, Phils 14th round pick in 2010; .265/.348/.353 in 102AB; 1HR 5RBI; 11%BB/16%K rates; .227 vs LHP; .275 vs RHP; .333 in June; 30 games caught with 2 errors (.993); 9 passed balls; 9/27 CS (33%); The passed balls are troublesome, however that said, Numata has done a good job.
Deivi Gruillon; 20, Signed as a free agent in 2012; .244/.338/.359 in 131AB; 2HR 18RBI; 12%BB/24%K; .220 vs LHP; .256 vs RHP; .280 in June; 35 games caught with 5 errors (.984); 10 passed balls; 9/30 CS(30%); Gruillon’s defense was supposed to be his strong suit and has been less than adequate this year; After missing a nice chunk of time injured, Gruillon is beginning to come around.
Austin Bossart, 22, Phils 14th round pick in 2015; .263/.336/.343 in 99AB; 1HR 9RBI; 8%BB/12%K; .286 vs LHP; .254 vs RHP; 29 games caught with 3 errors (.990); 1 passed ball; 15/52 CS (29%); Bossart has played much more than expected because of Gruillon’s injury and has played more than compentently.
Gregori Rivero, 20, Signed as a free agent in 2012
Rodolfo Duran, 18, Signed as a free agent in 2014
Lehigh Valley (41-31) Beat Norfolk, 3-2. Jake Thompson had another great start. He gave up 2 runs in 8.0 innings. Edubray Ramos (0.38) earned his third save. Cedric Hunter (.312) went 3-3 with a double, walk, and RBI (27). Darnell Sweeney drove in the go-ahead run in the fourth inning. The IronPigs turned 5 double plays. J.P Crawford was involved in all five and had 5 assists and 2 put outs just from the double plays. Continue reading Box Score Recap – 6/21/2016