Lehigh Valley’s Nick Pivetta picked up his third win Thursday evening in Durham, tossing 7.0 innings of one-run baseball and striking out eleven as the IronPigs defeated the Bulls, 7-5. Durham managed just three hits against Pivetta, who has only allowed a total of 18 hits in 32.0 innings since joining the IronPigs in mid-April from the Phillies. His eleven strikeouts were a single-game high among International League pitchers during the past week. Among all IL starters this season, no one has a lower WHIP (1.06) or opponents’ batting average (.164) than Pivetta.
The 26-year-old Pivetta is in his seventh season as a professional pitcher. He was acquired by the Phillies in the July 2015 trade that sent Jonathan Papelbon to Washington. Pivetta has seen significant
time in the big leagues since 2017. Last year he was fifth among National League starters in strikeout ratio. Pivetta is a native of Victoria, Canada.
Pivetta becomes the second IronPigs pitcher to win the weekly honor this season, following Enyel De Los Santos.