The ‘Pigs won Game One of their four game battle for first place with Scranton in a decisive manner last night 7-1 and continue their series at Coca Cola Park tonight. The ‘Pigs have been scalding hot, going 15-3 over their last 18 games and have won 19 of their last 24 games to move one game ahead of Scranton for the lead in the Northern Division of the International League. The ‘Pigs continue their home stand with 3 more against Scranton and 3 against Rochester over next weekend.
News and Notes: Lehigh Valley is at an all time franchise high of 25 games over .500 currently.
–After a 20-10 June, Lehigh Valley went 20-9 in July to record their “winningest” month of all time.
–RP Luis Garcia set the all time Lehigh Valley record for saves (33) with his save last Saturday night, passing Scott Mathison. Garcia has been pitching well, unscored upon in his last 8 games while also improving his command at the same time.
–Over his last 12 games, Michael Mariot has allowed just 1ER in 13.1 innings.
—Darnell Sweeney left the game on Sunday with an ankle injury. Unknown how serious it is. He has not been placed on the DL but did miss Mondays game.
–Since being sent down from Philly, Adam Morgan is 4-0 with a 3.00ERA.
—David Buchanan was named IL Pitcher of the Week last week and has won four consecutive starts, during which he has allowed just 2ER in 29IP, lowering his ERA from the high 4’s to 3.82
–In his last 29 starts, Cedric Hunter is hitting .315 with 4HR 20RBI.
—Darin Ruf is on fire, hitting .333 over his last 10 games, including homers in five of those games.
–RP Frank Herrmann has allowed just 1ER in his last 12 games, good for a 0.66ERA during that time period. His ERA is hovering right around 2.00 this year.
–Since June 1, the Lehigh Valley pitching staff is 40-18 with an ERA of 2.92. Even more impressive, is the 1.82ERA that has been accrued by the relief corps during that same time period.
‘Pigs Prospects: Jake Thompson became the first pitcher in Lehigh Valley history to win five consecutive starts with his win on Sunday, in which he went 7 innings and yielded just a lone run. Over the last 2 months, Thompson has started 11 times and made 10 quality starts, going 8-0 with an amazing 1.21ERA during that time span. Going back three months, Thompson is 10-2 with a 1.87ERA in his last 18 games started.
Ben Lively had a decent outing last time out going 6.2IP and allowing 3 runs, however has been struggling over the last month going 2-4 with a 5.56ERA. After a first 6 starts that went 3-0 with a 2.45era, still a nice body of work this year, however he may be wearing down a bit after throwing alot of innings this year (approaching 130)
Andrew Knapp has been playing well, hitting in 17 of his last 21 games (.316) with improved defense
Next Report (Crawford, Williams, Valentin)
League Leaders: Hitting: Nick Williams is 9th in AB(385), 2nd in runs(64), 8th in hits (110), 4th in doubles (27), 3rd in RBI (56), 10th in SLG (.468)and 9th in strikeouts (94); Taylor Featherston is 9th in runs(52); Darin Ruf is 5th in HR(15); Brock Stassi is 9th in walks (45) and 10th in OBP (.364); Pitching: Jake Thompson leads the league in wins (11), is 5th in ERA (2.50), 4th in starts (21), 2nd in IP (129.2) and 4th in WHIP (1.10); David Buchanan is 5th in wins(8) and 4th in IP (122.2), 3rd in HR allowed (13) and 9th in WHIP (1.19); Luis Garcia is 5th in games (39); Edward Mujica leads the league in SV(23)
Transactions, Comings: Jesmuel Valentin (promoted from Reading)
Goings: Taylor Fatherston (promoted to Philadelphia)
Probables: Tues: Lively; Wed: Kline; Thur: Buchanan; Fri: Thompson