Advanced Scout: Lehigh Valley IronPigs

vs. THE IRONPIGS: The Bisons and IronPigs have split each 4-game series so far in the 16-game season series. The two clubs split a four-game set in Lehigh Valley, May 22-25. In Buffalo, June 12-15, Lehigh Valley took the opening two games before the Bisons offense powered back to win the final two games. In their brief existence, the IronPigs hold the 22-18 advantage over the Bisons. Buffalo had won two of the previous four sets played here at Coca-Cola Field.

UPCOMING PROBABLES FOR LEHIGH VALLEY AT BUFFALO:
SAT: LHP Joe Savery (1-8, 5.03) vs. LHP Pat Misch (9-4, 3.44)
SUN: RHP Vance Worley (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Fernando Nieve (NR)
MON: RHP Brandon Duckworth (5-3, 3.38) vs. RHP Dillon Gee (9-7, 4.92)
TUE: LHP Brian Mazone (5-11, 3.78) vs. RHP Tobi Stoner (5-9, 6.04)

PIG TAILS FROM THE LEHIGH VALLEY:
DOWN TURN: The ‘Pigs have dropped five straight games after winning six of seven; and went to 2-6 on this eight-game, South Division homestand. Durham, which owns the best record in the International League, is now riding a 9-game winning streak.

NOTHING SWEET HERE: The I-Pigs were swept at home for the first time since 4/9/09-4/12/09 vs. SWB (opening series of ’09). The only other teams to sweep LHV in 4 G at home: PAW (6/14/08-6/17/08; 8/24/08-8/27/08) & SWB (7/17/08-7/20/08). Lehigh Valley is back to a season-low, 19-G below .500 and a season-high 18.0 GB in the North. The ‘Pigs have not been more than 34.0 games below and 18.0 GB since they ended ’08 at 55-89, 33.0 GB.

WHO’S HOT (BATTING): 1B Andy Tracy has hit in 2 of 3 G in the series (4-10, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB) after and 0-14 skid… OF John Mayberry snapped an 0-15 skid with his game-tying HR in 9th yesterday. He has hit safely in 12 of his last 16 G (.338-2-10; 22-65, 4 2B, 11 R), … SS Brian Bocock (see below) has hit in 14 of last 17 G (20-60, .333-3-15)… In his last 11 G, OF Chris Aguila is .325-1-4 (13-40, 4 2B, 5 R, 2 BB)… INF Ozzie Chavez has hit in 12 of 16 G (20-67, .299-4-9, 10 R)…

WHO’S HOT (PITCHING): LHP Antonio Bastardo has not allowed a R in 12 G w/ LHV (3 SV, 0.00, 10.1 ip, 2 h, 3 bb, 16 k) — retiring his last 20 BF… RHP Michael Schwimer started his Triple-A career with 7 scoreless appearances (8.1 IP) and is unscored upon in 8 of 9 G — going 2-1, 0.79, 2 H (11.1 ip, 6 h, er, 3 bb, 7 k)… In 4 G since coming off the DL, RHP Brian Gordon is 0-1, 1.17 ( 7.2 ip, 6 h, er, 7 k)… RHP Vance Worley went 6.0 scoreless IP in his LHV debut on 7/27 — giving him 24.0 consecutive scoreless IP combined in his last 4 G (2 w/ REA, 1 relief appearance w/ PHI, 1 w/ LHV)…

THE MIGHTY TRACY: 2010 I.L. All-Star 1B Andy Tracy is batting .323-6-27 (42-130, 12 2B, 23 R) in his last 39 G… Since his return from the DL on 5/27, Tracy is batting .326-11-42 in 55 G (58-178, 14 2B, 2 3B, 33 R, 35 BB, HBP)… Traditionally a slow starter, the Bowling Green alum has also hit .313-12-45 since May 4 (67-214, 17 2B, 3 3B, 39 BB), raising his AVG from .198… In month of June in his LHV career (3 seasons): .364-15-63 in 83 G (100-275, 29 2B, 2 3B, 57 BB, 41 R)

500 ALLERGY: The ‘Pigs have only been at .500 for just two times in LHV history… and they still have never been above .500 in 392 games… In fact, the Phillies Triple-A affiliate has not been above .500 since Ottawa was 22-21 on 5/24/07 — a span
of 492 games (3 years, 2 months, 6 days)… Since that point, the teams have combined to go 202-290 (.411).

HUPPERT CLIMBING CHARTS: With Lehigh Valley’s 5-1 win 5/31/09, ‘Pigs skipper Dave Huppert earned his 1,500th career MiLB win since starting his managerial career in 1986. With a record of 1,551-1,376, ‘Hupp’ entered the season ranked 3rd among all active managers in wins behind (1) Round Rock’s Marc Bombard [entered season 1,706-1,541] and (2) Orem’s Tom Kotchman [entered 1,584-1,327]. Unofficially, the record for Minor League wins is held by Stan Wasiak 2,530.

6/15/10: BUF 7, LHV 3
GAME STORY: Bisons hit for split

6/14/10: BUF 7, LHV 6
GAME STORY: A grand finish

6/13/10: LHV 10, BUF 1
GAME STORY: I-Pigs roll in win

6/12/10: LHV 6, BUF 3
GAME STORY: Rain dampens Herd’s return

5/25/10: LHV 2, BUF 1
GAME STORY: IronPigs split with Herd

5/24/10: LHV 6, BUF 3
GAME STORY: Bisons win streak stopped

5/23/10: BUF 6, LHV 4
GAME STORY: Red-Hot Herd win again

5/22/10: BUF 4, LHV 1
GAME STORY: Pitching powers win

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