Lehigh Valley completed their three game series in Indianapolis with a shutout victory yesterday, sweeping the series and continue on to Louisville for a four game series over the weekend. The ‘Pigs are currently 58-40 and in 2nd place of the Northern DIvision of the International League, 3 games behind division leading Scranton. 6-1 since the all star break, Lehigh Valley currently sits with a 1.5 game lead in the wild card standings.
News and Notes: With their win on Tuesday night, Lehigh Valley at 58-40 accrued their best start in team history.
–With their shutout win on Wednesday, Lehigh Valley tied their single season record with 12 shutouts recorded.
—Jake Thompson had his 9th consecutive quality start on Wednesday, has thrown 22 consecutive scoreless innings and has a 0.57 ERA over the last 9 starts.
—David Buchanan has thrown very well in his last 2 starts, giving up just 2ER in 15.2IP and winning both games. Over the last 11 starts, ‘Pigs starters are 8-1 with a 1.74ERA (67.1IP/13ER)
–After a 3-34 slump, Cam Perkins has hit in 8 of his last 11 games, hitting .381 (16-42) over that time period.
–1B Brock Stassi has reached base safely in his last 11 games, hitting .385 during that time period. Since May 28th, Stassi is hitting .305 and playing a very good 1B.
Since June 8th, Lehigh Valley relievers are 10-3 with a 1.99ERA to go along with 15SV (126.1IP, 28ER)
–Lehigh Valley completed the season series against the South at 21-7, their best record all time against a division.
–RP Frank Herrmann has not been scored upon in his last 9 games (10IP, 7H, 9K)
–In his last 21 starts, OF Cedric Hunter is hitting .318 (27-85).
–Pitcher Phil Klein earned his first win in the Phillies organization with five scoreless innings on Monday night. He has been unscored upon in 5 of his 6 appearances since being claimed off waivers from Texas.
–Lehigh Valley pitchers are hitting just .049 (2-41) this year.
–RP Dailier Hinojosa has allowed runs in each of his last 3 outings
–RP Michael Mariot has allowed just 1 run over his last 8 games (9.1IP)
–Since being sent down from Philly, RP Colt Murray is 1-0 with a 2.00ERA in 8G.
‘Pigs Prospects:JP Crawford has played very well over the last 6 weeks after hitting his lower water mark with a .153 batting average on June 11th. Since that time, Crawford has hit .328 with 3HR and 19RBI to pull his average up to .268. Almost every AB continues to be a good one and Crawford has been solid in the field, albeit with some “charitable” scoring at times by the official scorer in Lehigh Valley.
Nick Williams has become the most consistently productive member of the Lehigh Valley offensive attack. He has hit in 27 of his last 31 games, hitting .303 over that time period. Since JP Crawford joined Lehigh Valley on May 20th, WIlliams is hitting .313. He has begun seeing most of his playing time in LF, perhaps anticipating the return on Aaron Altherr to RF in Philadelphia and a call up for Williams sometime in AUgust or September.
Next Week: Lively, Thompson, Knapp
‘Pigs League Leaders: Hitting: Nick Williams is 8th in AB(345), 8th in hits (100), 8th in RBI (47), 3rd in doubles (25), 3rd in runs (55), 5th in triples (5), 10th in SLG (.470) and 9th in strikeouts (87); Taylor Featherston is 10th in AB(344), 7th in runs(51) and 9th in HR(13); Brock Stassi is 8th in doubles (21), 6th in OBP(.378) and 5th in walks (44); Pitching: Jake Thompson leads the league in wins(9), is 4th in ERA (2.29),4th in WHIP (1.10), 2nd in IP (117.2) and is 10th in walks (37); Edward Mujica is 4th in games (36) and leads the league in SV(23); Luis Garcia is 6th in games (34); David Buchanan is 7th in IP (109.1), 2nd in HR allowed (13)
Probables: Thur: Morgan; Fri: Lively; Sat: Klein; Sun: Buchanan
Transactions: Comings: OF David Lough (activated from the DL);
Goings: P Edward Mujica (granted his release); P Anthony Vasquez (re-assigned to Reading)