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Former Lehigh University star McBride is back in town to face IronPigs

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Columbus Clippers (63-36) at Lehigh Valley IronPigs (57-42)

Series Preview: July 22-25

Friday is a 7:05 p.m. start, Saturday is a 6:35 p.m. start, Sunday’s first pitch is scheduled for 5:35 p.m. and Monday’s game is slated to begin at 7:05 p.m.

Storyline

Despite their struggles of late, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs still lead the International League North division and begin a season-long 10-game homestand against the Columbus Clippers, who hold the International League’s best record. The IronPigs are 5-5 over their last ten games, dropping four of their last five, while the Clippers have been rather streaky over their last 11 games losing four in a row, followed by winning five straight, before dropping their last two games.

Promotions

July 22 – Friday Night Fireworks

July 23 – Used Car Giveaway Night (2003 Saab)

July 24 – IronPigs Replica Jersey giveaway (first 2,000 children 17 and under)

Who’s Hot for the IronPigs?

Les Walrond - After being called back up to Lehigh Valley on June 24, the left-hander has appeared in nine games allowing just five hits over 11 innings. Walrond has yet to give up a run since his Triple-A promotion.

Kevin Frandsen – Frandsen has been on a tear all season. Before serving his suspension, the infielder was hitting .321 with three home runs and 18 RBIs. Since returning from his suspension, Frandsen has hit safely in five of seven games and has had multiple hits in three of those seven games. Over his last 11 games with the IronPigs, which dates back to May, Frandsen has gone 16-for-45 (.356).

Rich Thompson – The IronPigs' outfielder is hitting .400 in his last 12 games, while recording at least one hit in 11 of those games. Thompson also set a franchise record for steals in a season (29) last week.

Notable players for the visiting Clippers

Matt McBride – Many in the Lehigh Valley watched McBride at Liberty High School and then Lehigh University. This weekend, however, the locals will get a chance to see the 25-year-old perform on the minor league level at Coca-Cola Park.
Drafted in the 2nd round of the 2006 MLB first-year player draft, McBride first reached the Triple-A level last season, playing 31 games with Columbus. He hit .269, scored 16 runs, knocked in 11 and had six doubles. McBride impressed in his Triple-A debut that season as he collected four hits, including a home run and a double, scored two runs and drove in three. This season McBride started slow with Akron but before long was leading the team in home runs (12) prior to being called up to Columbus on June 29. Since he was called up to Triple-A, McBride has played in 12 games and is hitting .156.

Jason Donald – Some may not remember Donald since he only played an abbreviated season with the ‘Pigs but he was essential piece of a trade that help make the Phillies roster what it is today. He was traded halfway through the 2009 season along with Carlos Carrasco, Jason Knapp and Lou Marson to the Cleveland Indians for a guy named Cliff Lee and outfielder Ben Francisco. The shortstop only hit .236 with the ‘Pigs that season, but this year, the 26-year-old is hitting .336. Recently, Donald has really been on fire. In his last ten games he’s 19-for-36 (.528) at the plate with five doubles, two home runs, eight RBIs, 10 runs and six walks.

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