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.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.