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Lehigh Valley IronPigs pitcher Ben Lively was given the Pitcher of the Week Award from the International League

Ben Lively took his second victory as the International League Pitcher of the Week. He is also one of five Lehigh Valley pitchers to win the award this season.

IronPigs pitcher Ben Lively who has allowed just one earned run in his last 17 innings of work was named International League Pitcher of the Week for August 29-September 5. This marks the second time this season that Lively has earned weekly honors after also doing so for the week of June 6-12 and is one of five Lehigh Valley pitchers to win Pitcher of the Week in 2016 along with Zach Eflin (April 11-17), David Buchanan (July 18-24), Adam Morgan (August 1-7) and Phil Klein (August 8-14).

In two starts last week, the University of Central Florida product was 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA and allowed just one earned run in 11 innings pitched while walking one and fanning 17.

On August 28 at Buffalo, Lively surrendered just one run on two hits to go along with a walk and seven strikeouts in five innings of work en route to a 5-2 win for the IronPigs. In a 7-1 win on Friday at Rochester that helped the Pigs clinch a playoff berth for the second time in franchise history, the right-hander struck out a Triple-A career-high 10 batters and did not allow a hit in six scoreless frames.

With the win on Friday, Lively became the first minor league pitcher since Jhoulys Chacin in 2008 to win 18 games in a season. After going 7-0 with a 1.87 ERA in nine starts for Double-A Reading earlier this season, the 24-year-old went 11-5 with a 3.06 ERA In 19 games started for the IronPigs.

Lively was acquired by the Phillies from Cincinnati in exchange for outfielder Marlon Byrd on December 31, 2014. The Reds originally selected him out of UCF in the fourth round of the 2013 draft.

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