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!