Not only did The Voice of the Iron Pigs Matt Provence miss the bus on the way home from Louisville, but the IronPigs may have just done the same on their road to the International League Playoffs by dropping two to the Syracuse Chiefs tonight at Coca-Cola Park.
As a result the Pigs are now 2 off the lead in the IL North and in a tie with Gwinnett for the lone Wild Card Spot with 6 games left to play. The task is clear – win and be in.
The IronPigs returned home through Hurricane Irene with an acceptable 10 game road trip finishing .500. Before tonight’s debacle, the Pigs had won 7 of their last 12 contests but remained just 34-36 since June 16 when they led the IL North by 5 games.
Tonight the IronPigs went 0-8 with RISP and left 12 men on base on top of 4 errors (really 5). Combine all that with 18 strikeouts in 14 innings and the results are clear.
Domonic Brown certainly had a bad night going 0-6 with 4 SO and some abnormal, run resulting field play. It was the first time this fan has heard rousing boos and cat calls directed toward any Pig’s player this year. D. Brown was eventually yanked from game two and Tagg Bozied (IF) replaced him in left. Bottom line is, Domonic has contributed in the past and he will contribute again – unfortunately the young man had a bad night at an inopportune time.
The beautifully sunset evening can certainly not be blamed solely on Brown however. The team was a combined 8 for 50 for a (well below the Mendoza line) average of .160. Two doubles were the hitting highlight reel of the night.
So are the Pigs done?
Are our playoff packs going to be next year’s season ticket credit fodder?
That remains to be seen -“the bus has not left the rest stop“, yet…
I would like to leave you with a few last thoughts for this post…
This game isn’t always about winning or making the playoffs. Sometimes it’s a night of camaraderie with old friends you haven’t seen for awhile. Sometimes it’s about meeting new fans you haven’t met before. Sometimes it’s about yelling into the field microphone “CUUTT on and missed the bus”. Sometimes it’s the fact the “big club” has the best record in Baseball and they owe a huge part of that to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (especially Ryno), the management, employees and most of all the FANS!
Tomorrow the Pigs will face RIGHT handed pitcher David Phelps S/WB with an ERA of 3.53. We’ll see what transpires…