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?