After an incredible 24-5 May, the ‘Pigs opened June with a 5-0 loss to Indianapolis last night, making them 36-17 on the year, and five games in front of second place Scranton in the Northern Division of the International League. The ‘Pigs are in Louisville this weekend before returning home for a six game home stand next week against Buffalo and Scranton.
News and Notes: With their 6-0 win on Wednesday, the ‘Pigs recorded their IL leading 8th shutout of the season.
–Pitcher Tom Eshelman was named IL Player of the month after his CG shutout on Wednesday against Indianapolis. Since April 18th, Eshelman is 6-0 with a 1.87ERA and an outstanding 0.82WHIP.
–Lehigh Valley leads the International League in both runs and homeruns.
–OF Dylan Cozens had his modest 6 game hitting streak snapped last night, however is hitting .379 over the last 7 games to go along with 5RS and 7RBI.
–After reaching base safely multiple times in five straight games, JP Crawford had that streak snapped last night with an 0-4. His average currently sits at .200 after an awful first 6 weeks of the season. Over the last 16 games, Crawford is hitting .290.
—Pedro Florimon has received the large bulk of the playing time at 2B since Jesmuel Valentin went down injured and has played well, hitting .385 over the last 16 games.
–With Roman Quinn out of the lineup for most of the last week, Cam Perkins has seen his playing time and production increase, hitting .419 over the last 11 games.
–OF Nick WIlliams has hit in 14 of his last 15 games, hitting at a .351 clip to go along with 8HR and 19RBI during that time span. Williams also leads ‘Pigs OF in assists with 3.
–RP Hoby Milner had his scoreless streak snapped last night, allowing 4ER, after not allowing an ER in his first 15 appearances this season.
—Nick Pivetta has set a franchise record after winning his 6th consecutive start last Sunday. In his AAA career, Pivetta is now 6-2 with a 1.91ERA in 10 starts.
–Phillies minor league clubs have the highest winning percentage of any organization in minor league baseball.
–Lehigh Valley’s bullpen just got even stronger with the promotion of Reading closer Jesen Therrien. In 21 games for Reading, Therrien was 2-1 with a 1.26ERA and 7SV with a remarkable 0.59 WHIP and .159 opposition average.
–Pitcher Cesar Ramos is unscored upon in his last 7 games, spanning 14 innings. Ramos has thrown very well this year in long relief and as a spot starter.
–Closer Pedro Beato has allowed just 1ER (0.54ERA) in his last 15 games and has 12 saves during that time.
–Since being acquired from Seattle, P Casey Fein has begun his career with the Phils organization with 6 scoreless appearances.
‘Pigs leaders, Hitting: Rhys Hoskins leads the league in runs(39),OBP (.408), and SLG (.635) is 5th in hits (57), 5th in avg (.315), 6th in walks(27), 5th in doubles (12), 3rd in triples (3), tied for the lead in HR(13)and RBI(41); Dylan Cozens is 8th in runs (32), 6th in SLG (.505), 4th in triples (3), 2nd in strikeouts (71), tied for the lead in HR(13)and RBI (41); Nick WIlliams is 6th in HR(10), 9th in SLG (.497)and 7th in strikeouts (59); JP Crawford leads the league in walks (32); Jorge Alfaro is 10th in strikeouts (56); Roman Quinn is 5th in SB(10); Cam Perkins is 7th in OBP (.387).
Pitching: Ben Lively leads the league in wins(6), is 3rd in WHIP (0.94), 8th in IP(56.1), and is 5th in ERA (2.40); Nick Pivetta is 5th in wins (5); Pat Vendittee is 6th in wins(5); Jake Thompson is 3rd in losses (5), 6th worst in ERA (5.82); Mark Appel has the 2nd highest ERA (6.75), is 3rd in walks allowed (27) and is 6th in HR allowed (9); Pedro Beato is 2nd in games(22), and leads the league in SV(15); Tom Eshelman leads the league in CG(2)
Probables: Friday: Eflin; Saturday: Pivetta; Sunday: Appel; Monday: Thompson
Transactions: Comings: P Zach Eflin (from Philadelphia), P Jesen Therrien (from Reading) Goings: Ricardo Pinto (promoted to Philadelphia)