Broadcast in the Stands in Noise Nation!
The Ironpigs took the game from Rochester tonight by a score of 6 to 4!
I knew this would be a great night when, during pregame preparations, the centerfield cameraman seemed to stumble or kick a sprinkler head… setting off the sprinkler and dousing himself for a cool 2 minutes before it went off. One of those “I wish I had my camera” moments. His Three Stooges antics that followed just added to the effect.
We also were treated to the Ironpigs Radio Network broadcast team table in Noise Nation where Jon Schaeffer and Matt Provence set up shop and made the call from the outfield with us. A few of us assisted in the broadcast and everyone had a great time. We even had a guest appearance by former Ironpig Radio Producer (and current Reading Phillies Media Director) Tommy Viola who treated us to one of his “Radiooooooo Network” calls. Good to see you Tommy and thanks to Matt and Jon for a fun night!
Also picked up on a new nickname for Domonic Brown. Matt Provence’s call of Brown’s home run came in as “Downtown Domonic Brown!” This instantly reminded me of the 1998 sequel to the movie Major League called “Major League: Back to the Minors” where a key character is known simply as Downtown. The movie is the third sequel and I think much better than the second but not close to the quality of the first.
As for stats tonight…
Andy Tracy had 2 hits and continues to close on .300. He stands at .290 as of the end of tonight’s game.
Domonic Brown continues to be a presence on the field at The Coke. He went 3 for 4 with 3 RBI and his second home run in as many games. Brown also intimidated a third base coach into not challenging his arm when a runner rounding third stopped dead when Brown retrieved a soft liner into right field. Last night he threw out one runner on third and turned a no doubt run scoring into a close play at home plate (the runner avoided the tag)
Newly aquired Aguila also hit his first home run at The Coke. Welcome aboard. Keep that up and the Lehigh Valley will embrace you!
Nate Bump (who was named to the IL All Star roster this afternoon) earned his 7th win of the season. He allowed 2 runs on 7 hits in 6 innings.
Ryan Vogelsong continues to struggle. In the top of the ninth he walked the bases loaded before being pulled for Scott Mathieson. Combine that with the blown save in Durham a few days ago and it doesn’t look good for the Kutztown University alumni.
Mathieson came in and finished the game earning his 14th save of the season. He also earned a spot on the IL All Star roster.
See you tomorrow!
The International League has 4 Ironpigs on the roster!
International League (IL) Roster
1st base – Andy Tracy
2nd base – Chris Valaika
3rd base – Cody Ransom
Shortstop – Eduardo Nunez
Catcher – Tyler Flowers
Outfielders – Michael Brantley, Jeff Frazier, Dustin Martin
Starting Pitchers – Dan Hudsen, Carlos Torres
Relief Pitchers – Jonathan Albaladejo, Scott Mathieson
DH – Dan Johnson
Pacific Coast League (PCL) Roster will be announced tomorrow!
Per the Ironpig’s website:
The Triple-A All-Star Workout Day presented by Lehigh Valley Health Network on Tuesday, July 13 at Coca-Cola Park is free and open to the public, the IronPigs announced today. This ultimate-access event takes place from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and allows fans an up-close look at both the International League and Pacific Coast League stars as they prepare for Wednesday’s nationally-televised and sold-out Triple-A All-Star Game.
“Our fans are so loyal and passionate that we were adamant in hosting a free event for all of the Lehigh Valley and surrounding regions to enjoy,” remarked IronPigs General Manager Kurt Landes. “This is the perfect afternoon to ‘play hooky’ from work and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime intimate opportunity to see these All-Stars up close.”
On-field stretching and batting practice will take place between 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. with the International League All-Stars taking the field first followed by the Pacific Coast League’s best. Make sure to bring your glove and be aware of home runs and souvenirs! Please note that the players are not expected to be available for autographs at any point during Workout Day.
No tickets are needed to attend this event and all seating is General Admission — granting fans access to the Field Level seating bowl, the Capital BlueCross Lawn and other areas on a first-come, first-serve basis. Gates will open at 2 p.m. and as an added bonus, there is no cost for on-site parking.
All in-park food and beverage locations will be open for the Triple-A All-Star Workout Day. For the safety of our fans, no outside food or beverage is permitted to be brought inside Coca-Cola Park.
Photo by Heather Mastropieri
The revamped Pigs looked pretty good tonight. JA Happ did not. He was all over the place wild in the first two innings. A post game interview was reported that he felt better than he has yet. Maybe they instructed him not to throw strikes or work on a certain pitch but it wasn’t pretty.
What can you say about Domonic Brown! This guy hit his first AAA Home run tonight, made a great catch and gunned a runner down at 3rd. He is quickly becoming a Lehigh Valley fan favorite!
The Pigs took the game 5 to 4 with a walk off victory when Neil Sellers singled in Domonic Brown to win the game.
What was left of the neon sign Andy Tracy's home run demolished.
Excitement aside.. this game was Andy Tracy. Seeing Tracy play air guitar with the Philly Phanatic wasn’t all he did tonight.. In the 4th inning Andy hit one of the longest home runs I have ever seen. The ball hit (and shattered) the neon lights just below the Service Electric sign atop the right field concourse. It had just started coming down and looked like a line drive most of the way. There was little arc. The ball hit and the Noise Nation was showered with glass shards and pieces of the moulding ala The Natural. I’ve done some calculations and using my judgement on height and distance from the fence… I estimated mathematically that, if unobstructed, that home run would have landed 471 feet from home plate. 471 feet! FOUR HUNDRED SEVENTY ONE FEET! This is going to become a legend at “The Coke.” People will be telling their grandkids when Andy Tracy hit a 471 foot homerun and broke a neon light. If you are interested in my calculation method, send me an email and I will share with you.
Game two.. Pigs lost 3 to 2. It was tied going into the 7th (and last) inning and Rochester scored, the Pigs did not. There were some highlights in this game but the team just looked worn out. That long bus trip showed its effect in this game. The team seemed to lag.
Also word on the street is that Cody Ransom was not selected to help out in the absence of Polanco in Philadelphia because of a problematic knee. In a strange lineup Ransom started at Shortstop, Neil Sellers played first and Andy Tracy played third base. Could Tracy be amidst a test to see about a promotion for him? Let’s hope it doesn’t happen before the All Star break for I have a feeling that when the All Star team rosters are announced tomorrow, he just might be one of two Ironpigs on the team. I see Mathieson and Tracy making the roster.
Tonight I also got a taste of the good life up in the club level for a few innings. Thanks to big Joe R for the invite. Indeed! It’s a nice place up there and talked to some good folks.
That’s about all I have for tonight. See you tomorrow.
The Ironpig’s updated roster was just sent out and Willy Tavares is not on it. The team announced that the Phillies have released him.
What a day!
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