There have only been five Pitcher of the Week honors given out by the Eastern League this season and Ben Lively has two of them. The 24-year old righty is a perfect 6-0 on the season with a 1.53 ERA and an opponents batting average of just .185 through eight starts.
In two starts over the past week, Lively threw 13 innings, won both games, struck out 14 and didn't allow a run. His latest effort was his best of the season, throwing seven shutout innings at Trenton and striking out 12 batters, a career-high.
Acquired from Cincinnati on New Year's Eve of 2014, Lively now leads the Eastern League with 46 strikeouts and his 47 innings pitched are third in the league in that category. Before being acquired by the Phillies, Lively had won the Reds Minor League Pitcher of the Year honors in 2014 when he went 13-7 with a combined 3.04 ERA in stops with High-A Bakersfield and Double-A Pensacola. Last season, Lively went 8-7 with a 4.13 ERA in 25 starts at Reading.