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Rosenberg Gets First Crack At Majors

Phillies RHP B.J. Rosenberg (Photo by Stephen Flood/Express Times)

BALTIMORE — The funny thing about Raul Valdes getting sent down last night was the fact his tenure in the Majors was very good.

His only downfall was that he threw from the wrong side of the mound.

The Phillies have a shortage of righties in their pen right now (Chad Qualls, Michael Schwimer and closer Jonathan Papelbon) and needed to drop one of their three lefties to add a fourth right-handed arm.

Valdez drew the short straw and it made room for IronPig standout B.J. Rosenberg to try his hand at the Major League level.

Rosenberg, 26, was drafted in the 13th round of the 2008 amateur draft out of the University of Louisville. In 11 games and 20 2/3 innings pitched at Lehigh, he has a 1.74 ERA with 26 strikeouts and six walks.

Rosenberg will hopefully lift a pen whose righties haven’t been that good. Qualls has an ERA of 5.32 in 22 innings this season and Schwimer is at a 7.56 in only 8 1/3 innings. Even Papelbon has been terrible in non-save situations (6.41 ERA in 8 1/3 innings) despite a perfect 16-for-16 in saves this season.

The Phillies will still seek outside help as the trade deadline nears.

Frandsen, Brown Involved in AAA Bench-Clearer

Check out this video between the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Gwinnett Braves (Atlanta’s AAA team) from yesterday’s 10-1 IronPigs win.

Pigs second baseman Kevin Frandsen was nearly hit by a pitch from Braves pitcher Todd Redmond in the bottom of the 4th inning with the Pigs leading 6-0. After lining out, Frandsen and Redmond exchanged words from the dugout and mound.

The next batter was Domonic Brown. Brown ripped a solo home run off Redmond, and then flipped his bat and beat his chest to send a message and stand up for his teammate. Brown celebrated all the way round the bases and into the dugout.

Redmond then hit Erik Kratz with the following pitch and was ejected. The benches cleared as well but no punches were thrown.

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Phillies Trade AAA OF Thompson

OF Rich Thompson hits a single in last year’s International League playoffs. (Photo via Express Times)

The Philadelphia Inquirer was fresh off of running a feature on career minor leaguer Rich Thompson this past weekend.

It looks like someone in the Tampa Bay system has a subscription.

The Phillies traded Thompson to Tampa Bay for outfielder Kyle Hudson. Thompson is currently on his way to join the Rays now, the first time he has been on a big league club since having one Major League at-bat with the Royals in 2004.

“It’s awesome,” Thompson told Matt Gelb from the airport in Charlotte.

Thompson, 33, was hitting .307 with four doubles, two triples and 11 RBIs in 29 games with the IronPigs this season. In his last game yesterday, he went 3-for-4, falling a home run shy of the cycle.

Hudson, 25, was hitting .291 with a double and triple in 31 games with the Durham Bulls, Tampa Bay’s AAA affiliate. He will join the IronPigs.

Hudson played in 14 games last season with the Orioles, hitting .143 (4-for-28) with two RBIs.

Phillies Call Up Three From LHV

Since Michael Schwimer can’t do much as a pitcher right now, he’s taking up a job in journalism.

Going by that tweet, the Phillies will be making a ton of moves regarding their bullpen and the injury to Laynce Nix.

First off, the Phillies announced last night they were optioning reliever Joe Savery to Lehigh. And with both lefty Jake Diekman and righty Raul Valdes being mentioned in the tweet, that means another reliever will be sent down as well.

Top candidate for that is Brian Sanches and his 2.75 WHIP and 11.25 ERA in four innings.

In 11 outings for Lehigh, Valdes is 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA and 26 strike outs in 21 innings. Diekman is 1-0 with a 0.59 ERA in 15 1/3 innings (13 games) of work with 22 strike outs.

Nix reinjured his calf during a pinch-hit single in yesterday’s loss and could possibly wind up on the DL. Right-handed hitting Hector Luna will be the guy filling in, hitting .277 with a homer and 12 RBIs so far in AAA.

If Nix doesn’t go on the DL then catcher Erik Kratz could be sent back down.

AAA Recap: IronPigs 4, Bisons 3 (Tuesday Night)

TTB Staffer Chris Bengel was in attendance for a AAA Lehigh Valley IronPigs game Tuesday night against the Buffalo Bisons (NY Mets) and recapped the game.

IronPigs SP Tom Cochran. (Douglas Kilpatrick / LHV The Morning Call)

The IronPigs came away with a 4-3 win in 11 innings on Tuesday night.

Domonic Brown was one of the guys I was most intrigued to see. Obviously, Brown wasn’t expected to make the Phillies roster and the team wanted to see him get more seasoning at Lehigh Valley.

Brown was impressive against the Buffalo Bisons as he went 1-for-3 with an RBI.

In his first at-bat, Brown was patient. He waited for his pitch and delivered a single into left field.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Brown was up again with a chance to bring Scott Podsednik home. Brown did the job as he skyed a pitch to left field to give the IronPigs a 2-0 lead on a sacrifice fly.

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Brown: “I’m coming to win a job”

(Yong Kim/Philly Inquirer)

The wait is finally over. Domonic Brown has his confidence and this could be the year he shows the fans what he can really do.

The 24-year-old Phillies prospect did all the right things. He found a way to finally settle down, he sought help with his mechanics and he took a step back so he could evaluate the high expectations everyone has for him.

Brown said he sought help from one of the greatest hitters in the past quarter century, Gary Sheffield. But what Brown also said when talking to reporters will reassure his coaches, the fans and most importantly himself.

“I’m not at peace if I start at triple A,” Brown said Tuesday morning. “I’m coming to win a job. I’m fighting to win a job here. If I start at triple A, I start at triple A.”

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2011 Moment: #8 IronPigs make first ever playoffs

The Pigs celebrate after reaching their first ever Governor's Cup.

Much wasn’t expected when Hall-of-Famer Ryne Sandberg took over as manager of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

The IronPigs had never had a winning season in their first three years of existence. In fact, they had never had a record over .500.

But Sandberg turned everything around and had the Lehigh Valley buzzing.

The IronPigs finished the 2011 regular season with an 80-64 record and made the International League playoffs for the first time.

They advanced all the way to the Governors’ Cup finals where they fell to the Columbus Clippers three games to one.

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IronPigs celebrating Twitter tonight

Minor League Baseball is so awesome. The ball parks are laid back, the promotions are cheesy (GRO-CER-IES) but most importantly, the family atmosphere is perfect is how every baseball game should be like.

So back to the cheesy promotions. Tonight, the Phillies AAA team, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, are having a Social Media Night and are wearing jerseys to honor everyone’s favorite social media site.

Here are the jerseys tweeted (no pun intended… I hope) by the IronPigs official account after the jump.

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