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.