Buffalo took two of three from Lehigh Valley over the weekend, dropping the ‘Pigs record to 65-43 on the season. The ‘Pigs remain in second place of the Northern Division of the International League, 3.5 games behind division leading Scranton with a month remaining in the season. Lehigh Valley is 2.5 games ahead of Rochester for the wild card spot. This week, the ‘Pigs play three in Rochester followed by three if Buffalo.
News and Notes: Scott Kingery had a four hit night on Saturday, tying his career high. Kingery now has a 16 game hitting streak, during which he is hitting .314. The hitting streak is the longest for any Lehigh Valley player this season. Kingery has also reached base in 23 consecutive games, tied for the Lehigh Valley season high.
On Saturday, Ricardo Pinto extended his scoreless streak to 17IP since moving to the bullpen (major league activity not included). Pinto has been perfect in stranding inherited runners as well (13)
Dylan Cozens has some concerning spilts, hitting .275 at home and just .176 on the road. Over his last 18 games, Cozens is hitting .149 with 36K’s in 67AB.
JP Crawford ended July hitting .281 for the month with 8HR and 18RBI, a very impressive month. That to go along with an 18% BB rate for the month. Last Wednesday, Crawford had the first ever IronPigs inside the park grand slam.
Infielder Pedro Florimon remains very consistent, having reached base in 13 straight games.
Lehigh Valley is 2nd in the IL in home runs with 121. Their all time single season record is 122, which will be easily shattered with a full month left ion the season.
Zach Eflin has been effective since returning from the DL with an ERA of 3.38 over his 5 starts, including 3 quality starts.
Between AA and AAA, SP Brandon Leibrandt is a combined 7-1 with a 1.79ERA in his last 12 starts.
P Ben Lively was removed from his last start after getting hit in the leg with a batted ball. He is expected to make his next start.
RP Colton Murray has allowed runs in 8 of his last 15 games. He has an ERA of 8.82 over that span.
RP Yacksel Rios has put his name on the prospect map this season. Over his last 13 appearances between AA and AAA he has a 1.29ERA and has struck out 20 in 21IP.
Over his last 24 games, C Jorge Alfaro is hitting just .170.
Pigs Leaders: Hitting: Dylan Cozens is 8th in AB(377), is 5th in runs (59), 5th in RBI (63)3rd in HR(23) and leads the league in strikeouts (146, 35%); Rhys Hoskins leads the league in runs (72),leads the league in HR(24), RBI(78), SLG(.559), is 3rd in OBP (.384), 7th in hits(103), and 2nd in walks(58); JP Crawford is 5th in triples (5), and leads the league in walks(59); Nick Williams is 9th in HR(15); Jorge Alfaro is 5th in strikeouts (108); Pitching: Jake Thompson leads the league in losses (11); Pedro Beato is 3rd in games (44) and leads the league in SV(27), Pat Venditte is 6th in games (40); Tom Eshelman is 2nd in CG(2); Mark Appel is 3rd in walks (53)
Transactions: Comings: INF Matt Williams (signed as free agent); Mark Leiter (optioned from Philly), INF Brock Stassi (optioned from Philly), P Joe DeNato (promoted from reading), P Ricardo Pinto (optioned from Philly), P Alexis Rivero (promoted from Reading); Goings: OF Osmel Aguila (released); P Tom Eshelman (DL), P Jake Thompson (promoted to Philly), P Edubray Ramos (DL), P Jesen Therrien (Promoted to Philly), P Pedro Beato (promoted to Philly)