All photos by Cheryl Pursell
Monthly Archives: April 2011
The Ironpigs got on the board first tonight and stayed there for the long haul winning 6 to 3 in the first game of 4 vs. the Buffalo Bison. In fact, it wasn’t that long at all. Tonight’s game lasted only 2 hours 38 minutes joining last night as two of the quickest games I’ve seen at The Coke. It’s nice to get home by 10:00pm…
Nate Bump looked great tonight! He lasted 6.2 innings allowing only 2 runs on 5 hits and those were late. Schwimer, Zagurski and Perez came on to finish the game out.
Ronnie Belliard really took a liking to the Bison’s pitching tonight! He went 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI! Also with two hits is Jeff Larish who is quickly becoming a Coca Cola Park favorite. I wonder where he will fit in when Tagg Bozied comes back. I did notice Bozied in uniform today for the Miracle League game played before the game tonight.
Tomorrow is a day game! Looking forward to it.
Photos will be posted soon!
The Ironpig’s very own Vanimal, Vance Worley went 6 innings in his first start of 2011 with the Phillies last night! He allowed only 2 hit and 4 walks. Worley struck out 5 and even added a hit in his own behalf going 1 for 2 at the plate!
The Phillies offense came out strong for him leading to a shutout going into the 9th when Herndon came out to close the game and allowed 3 runs. He’s not protected by the Rule 5 draft rule anymore… why is he still up there?
For the Ironpigs game today, Nate Bump will be looking for his first win of the season facing Buffalo’s Daniel Carrasco (no relation to Carlos.. that I know of.) Carrasco, a native of Safford, AZ, has only 1 inning pitched this season in the International League. He does have more time with the big Mets pitching in 8 games, one start, with a loss and a blown save. His MLB ERA is 5.91.
It’s going to be clear and cool at The Coke tonight so be prepared. Temperatures could drop to the mid 40’s and winds can make it feel a lot colder. Hopefully the Ironpigs won’t have to pull the tarp to preserve a late lead. Perhaps if we all bring squirt guns and aim at the infield. (Please don’t really do that) . Anyways, it’ll be another good time and good baseball.
Tonight we will have the college dance teams and also the Miracle League game prior to the Pigs/Bison.
The Miracle League is a great great thing. We volunteered for a game last year and it was a lot of fun!
It was a cool and windy night this evening at The Coke. The Pigs pulled off a a creative win to cap off a 4 game set with the Pawtucket Red Sox.
The Pigs got their first two runs on a sacrifice fly by Frandsen. Yes, 2 runs on a sac fly. It looked as if it would be a routine play, catch made in right field and the runner on third scoring but Barfield got caught in a run down between 1st and 2nd base allowing enough time for Hudson to make a break for home. The Pawsox picked up on it and Catcher Exposito couldn’t handle the throw allowing Hudson to score and Barfield to take 2nd base. The Pigs added their 3rd run in the 5th when, with runners on 1st and 2nd, Barfield grounded in what could have been a double play but a bad throw from Pawtucket’s Drew Sutton allowed Erik Kratz to score. Final line for the Pigs, 3 runs on 2 hits and 1 Pawtucket error.
On the mound for the Pigs was returning Brian Gordon who pitched 3 solid innings allowing 3 hits and one walk. Chapman, Schwimer and Perez came on and didn’t allow a baserunner the rest of the game. Quite an effort for the bullpen day start.
I like what I’m seeing here. The Pigs are now .500 22 games into the season. Riding .500 sounds like a quick way to 3rd place in the Northern division filled with good teams but this is where the Pigs need to be. Off the radar and keeping up. Kind of like that race horse holding back before the final sprint. Keep it at .500 and get a few hot streaks and this team could be playing past September. Let’s hope the Phillies don’t need to pull more of the Pigs up until then.
Tomorrow Buffalo comes to town. Does anyone else feel there will be a concerted effort to stomp all over them?
Tonight’s game was pretty exciting in spite of the results.
Pawtucket jumped off to an early lead with 2 home runs in the 1st inning. In the 4th they jumped all over Ryan Feierabend for 7 more runs and scored a solo HR off of Mathieson in the 6th.
So far not much excitement for the Ironpigs. They were held hitless until the 5th inning when they broke the shutout by scoring two runs. The never say die effort added 3 more runs in the 6th and 2 in the 7th. Unfortunately that was all to be had and the Pigs lost by a final score of 8 to 11.
Tonight, however, was the closest we’ve come to 12 hits since Philly Pretzel’s announced they would make a donation to the Noise Nation’s cookbook fundraiser with a final tally of 12 Ironpig hits. Tonight they had 11.
On the scorecard, this looks like a loss but it was a great example of the difference between Huppert baseball compared with Sandberg baseball. We’ve seen blowouts like this before but the hustle and drive we’ve seen in the first few weeks of the season is nice to see.
For the Ironpigs, only one Pig (Belliard) did not have a hit tonight; Sullivan and Miller having 2 each.
The Pig Pen did its job effectively over 5.1 innings allowing only 3 hits and 1 run (solo HR) walking one and striking out 5.
Also of note, with Joe Blanton heading to the Disabled list.. Ironpig pitcher Vance Worley was called up to the big team as well as catcher Dane Sardinha who is said to be covering for Carlos Ruiz who injured his back yesterday.
And so it begins…
Worley is scheduled to start for the Phillies on Friday vs. the Mets in Philadelphia.
A note on Domonic Brown. He was 2-4 tonight with 2 home runs for Clearwater. We may see him around soon.
No word yet on who we will get to replace Sardinha & Worley. Possibly Tuffy Goeswisch or JC Ramirez.
We will see.
The sky is clearing and we can breath a little more easily this afternoon. Last night I was not in the mood to write (don’t ask) and this morning was full of powerful storms which knocked out my power for a moment, restarted my computer and somehow initiated a “Sticky” keys feature on my PC. If you’re not familiar with this, it basically assigns a computer action with the press of one key. About half of the alphabet set off windows closing, opening or other routine tasks that made typing impossible. I was able to repair and now back online for you to enjoy :)
Last night saw the Ironpigs defeat the PawSox pretty readily. The puns were flying as both starting pitchers (Brandon Duckworth and Brian Bass) could be related to another form of life.. then a Fox came in on relief for the PawSox and it got worse. I do chuckle at these and they make life a little more interesting.
The bats did come alive and on the second anniversary of the treacherous live bat in the radio booth, the Ironpigs got a lot of runners on and pushed them across the plate. What was more surprising was Duckworth’s lack of control. Our old friend struggled last night.
Anyways, Pigs win by a score of 8 to 2.
Tonight’s game will see the Ironpig’s own Ryan Feierabend taking on Pawtucket’s Felix Doubront. Doubront has only one start this season vs. Rochester on April 22nd, leaving after 3 innings allowing 1 hit. I would imagine he was pulled for an injury. Let’s see how the Ironpigs can fare tonight.
Checking the weather… well it looks great! The storms have passed and a game time temperature of 60 degrees with a partly cloudy sky is expected throughout the night. There will be a slight wind, but no rain is expected!
See you there!