With their 5-4 loss in ten innings last night, the ‘Pigs have lost three straight games and four of their last five games. Still at 49-28, Lehigh Valley sits in first place of the Northern DIvision of the International League, holding a 2.5 game lead. The ‘Pigs continue home through next Monday with three more against Pawtucket, followed by four games against Rochester. The ‘Pigs have not lost more than four in a row all season.
Probables: Tues: Ramos; Wed: Eshleman; Thur: Appel; Fri: Thompson; Sat: Leibrandt
News and Notes: Last night, Rhys Hoskins extended his on base streak to 8 games, during which he has hit .414. Also on June 19th, Hoskins became the only player in Lehigh Valley history to hit multiple home runs in 3 games.
–Since starting the season hitting .136, Dylan Cozens is hitting .286 since with 13HR and 35RBI.
–Over his last 39 games, Nick WIlliams is hitting .303 with 13HR and 39RBI
–Over their last 26 home games, Lehigh Valley have won 21 of them and have not lost a home series all season (11 series)
–SInce missing 8 games with leg soreness, SS JP Crawford has hit safely in 5 of 7 games (.258, 6RBI).
–Over his last 12 starts, P Tom Eshelman is 8-2 with a 2.25ERA and has walked 10, while striking out 56.
–Before getting called back up to Philly on Monday, RP Ricardo Pinto had thrown 13.1 consecutive scoreless innings for Lehigh Valley in relief with just 1 walk and 10K’s.
—Mark Appel has been pitching well, albeit with continued control issues. Over his last 6 starts, he is 3-1 with a 2.00ERA and an opposition batting average of .260
—Brandon Leibrandt threw 5 innings, giving up 3 runs on 3 hits in his AAA debut.
–In 14 starts this season, Jake Thompson has just 3 quality starts and the ‘Pigs are 4-10 in games in which he starts. Opponents are hitting .348 with runners is scoring position against him.
–Since allowing 2ER on opening day, Jesen Therrien, is 2-0 with a 1.29ERA and 9SV in 28G between Reading and LV.
–P Pat Vendittee continues struggling with a 6.16ERA over his last 14 games.
–Catcher Logan Moore has reached base safely in 22 of his 25 games played this year and has thrown out 29% of would be basestealers.
‘Pigs leaders, hitting: Rhys Hoskins is 2nd in runs (54), 8th in average (.301), leads the league in SLG(.586), 3rd in OBP (.397), 2nd in walks (42) leads the league in RBI(61); tied for the lead in HR(17),3rd in doubles (19) and 5th in hits (80); Dylan Cozens is 7th in runs(43); 5th in RBI (50), 3rd in K’s (92),is 9th in SLG (.481) and is tied for the lead in HR(17); Nick WIlliams is 5th in HR(15), 5th in SLG (.513), 4th in K’s (86) and 7th in RBI (44); JP Crawford is 6th in walks(38); Cam Perkins is 5th in OBP (.388).
Pitching: Pat Vendittee leads the league in wins(7); Ben Lively is 6th in wins(6); Jake Thompson leads the league in losses(8); Tom Eshelman leads the league in ERA (2.08), WHIP (0.94) and CG(2); Pedro Beato is 2nd in games (32) and leads the league in SV(22); Mark Appel leads the league in starts (15), is 2nd in walks (46) and is 10th in IP(76.1)
Transactions: Comings: OF Andrew Pullin (from Reading), P Mark Peterson (acquired from Kansas City), 2B Scott Kingery (promoted from Reading); P Brandon Leibrandt (from Reading), P Edubray Ramos (from Phillies)
Goings: 1B Brock Stassi(to Philly), OF Cameron Perkins (to Philly), P Hoby Milner (to Philly), P Mark Leiter (to Philly), 2B Angelo Mora (assigned to Reading)