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Lehigh Valley's David Buchanan was named the International League's Pitcher of the Week

David Buchanan has suddenly turned in three good starts since the All-Star Break, with two of them coming in the last week. Those two outings got him noticed by the International League.

While the pitching attention at Lehigh Valley has been focused squarely on Jake Thompson and how he has dominated hitters, David Buchanan has been turning in some impressive outings since the all-star break. In three starts since the break, Buchanan is 3-0 with a 0.82 ERA (two earned runs in 22 innings) for the IronPigs. His two starts last week got him noticed by the International League as their Pitcher of the Week for July 18-24.

Buchanan is the third Lehigh Valley pitcher to earn weekly honors in 2016 after Zach Eflin did so for the week of April 11-17 and Ben Lively for the week of June 6-12.

Over his two starts last week, the Atlanta native was 2-0 with a 0.60 ERA, allowing just one run on nine hits to go along with three walks and eight strikeouts in 15 innings pitched. 

In a 4-1 win at Indianapolis on Tuesday, Buchanan allowed just one run on five hits while fanning six in a season-high 8 2/3 innings. The lone run came on an RBI single in the ninth inning with the Pigs holding a 4-0 lead. The 8 2/3 innings pitched also matched a season-high for IronPigs pitchers after Alec Asher came within one out of a complete game on April 30 vs. Buffalo.

The 27-year-old helped the Pigs close out a successful road trip through the West Division with 6 1/3 shutout innings in a 5-1 win at Louisville on Sunday. Buchanan gave up four hits to go along with a walk and two strikeouts on the day.

The right-hander is now 7-5 with a 4.05 ERA in 19 G (18 GS) with Lehigh Valley this season. Over parts of four seasons with the IronPigs (2013-16), he is 21-11 with a 3.62 ERA in 47 G (46 GS).

Buchanan was originally selected by the Phillies in the seventh round of the 2010 draft out of Georgia State University.

Along with being the third IronPigs pitcher to receive the honor this season, Buchanan is the 14th pitcher to earn Pitcher of the Week honors all-time. Overall, it is the 16th time that a Pigs pitcher has been selected as Justin Lehr and Greg Smith each received the honors on two separate occasions.

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