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Day-Night Double-Header = Tailgate Opportunity!

Sunday will bring a day-night doubleheader to Coca Cola Park.  Two, full nine inning games will be played.  A separate ticket is required for each game.  If you’d like to read more about doubleheaders, go here.

On Sunday, the first game will begin at 12:05PM.  There are many good seats left.  In fact, years ago, I sat right behind SuperFan JimmyT for the first half of the only other day-night double-header in CCP history.  If you don’t have tickets, I would urge you to go get some now, and sit in a better section than you usually do!  tickets for the nightcap are tougher.  Perhaps some General Admission remain.  Hurry for those.

This doubleheader presents us with an interesting opportunity.  Tailgate!  Please join NoiseNation writers–and perhaps some special guests–for some social time before and between games.  I believe it’s our friend Decal who mentions the “Church of Baseball” in his Twitter tag.  Well, I’ll be there at 9:30 or so, cooking up some sausages and eggs on the grill.  There might be donuts and coffee and other goodies.  If you’re going to the first game, stop by and say hello, won’t you?  Sandwiches are on me!

More festivities are planned between the games.  Sometime following the conclusion of the first game we’ll re-congregate for pulled pork and ribs and some of the fixin’s.  Some special guests might join us.  Stop by and join in the fun.  If you’d like to bring something, perhaps some snacks to share, like chips or pretzels or cookies.  Bring some (Non-alcoholic.  Look, my pork sandwiches might be larger than those allowed by law, so I don’t want to alert authorities) beverages for yourself.  Perhaps your own chair might come in handy as well.

I plan to set up at the corner of the LSI lot, bordering the lawn.  Look for the flags and the green canopy. 

Questions?  You can contact me via Twitter at @kram209, via email by leaving a comment below, or privately via masidoc(at)verizon.net

Hope you can make it!

@kram209

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Bye Bye Birdies: IronPigs Take Series from Redwings

A recap of the four-game home series with the Rochester Redwings

 

Once upon a time, long ago and far away, I worked on the road crew to earn money for college.  Contrary to popular belief, we worked hard and we “made a difference.”  (That’s what they used to say, not good or bad, just “a difference.”)  Anyway, I worked with some great guys.  They would continually ask me, though, knowing I was temporary help, on leave from University or Graduate School, “How do you like it out here?”

“It’s fine,” I would reply.

“So, how do you like it out here?”  They continued to ask.  They had to know I wasn’t thinking of ditching seven years of college to apply for a full-time spot, right?

“Look,” I finally said, “I wouldn’t be here if I wasn’t getting paid.”

Well, here at the NoiseNation, we don’t get paid.  Sometimes the jobs that do pay–not to mention life’s other obligations–get in the way of witty posts and game recaps.  Better late than never, they say, right?

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The IronPigs just wrapped up a four game home set with Rochester, taking three out of four.  Tuesday night brought a guy named Chase Utley for a rehab stint–not to mention the John Mayberry Jr. bobble-heads.  It was probably the most hoopla I’d seen for such an appearance.  There were plenty of folks in the park (and the parking lots) who don’t regularly come to the games.  That’s good for our team and organization, but I can’t say I truly enjoy it.  Perhaps it was Mr. Utley, or perhaps it was the home field, but the ‘Pigs pounded out 18 hits–including 2/5, HR, for Chase–on the way to a 10-3 win.  Pridie was an offensive star, going 4/5.  Turns out he was pregnant, so even more impressive.  Matt Wright could only go three due to a stiff shoulder, and Aumont had some difficulty with the final inning.

Wednesday, the bats quieted down.  Jason Pridie left to have his baby.  Tom Cochrane went as far as he could, and BJ Rosenberg came in to relieve him.  By that time, the ‘Pigs had crawled back to a 3-3 tie and a couple Redwings had been tossed.  The ‘Pigs had all the momentum, but just couldn’t push the runners across.  After a couple really good innings, Rosenberg came back out for the ninth.  He said he felt fine, and the fact is, the ‘Pigs have to eat innings now.  We’ve got a full double-header on tap for Sunday (more on that later), Wright injured, and a shortened bench due to injuries and call-ups.  Rosenberg gave up a couple of doubles, and the ‘Pigs couldn’t answer, dropping the game 4-3.

The bats came alive again on Thursday as the ‘Pigs once again jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning on the way to a 10-1 win.  Pete Orr, who has struggled lately, went 3/4 and drove in three.  Everyone but Tuffy got a hit.  Tyler Cloyd wasn’t sharp, but the AAA All-Star starting pitcher battled his way through six innings, scattering seven hits and one earned run.  Newcomer Michael Cisco came in to take care of the final three.  He did so with aplomb, tossing 26 strikes out of 39 pitches while giving up only three hits and no free passes.  Welcome to the IronPigs, Mr. Cisco!

Friday night brought another close one.  Perhaps Elarton has something left.  He’s not won since mid-May, but his stuff was good last night despite once again not getting the win.  It was 2-2 going into the sixth.  With two bull-pen days on tap for the Sunday double-header, Mr. Sandberg needed more innings from Elarton.  He yielded two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh (one on a botched intentional walk) but go through those innings.  Then, Tuffy’s revenge.  The Tuffmeister might have been hitless in the previous game, but he came through with two big doubles to tie, then win, the game.  Once again, the ‘Pigs win a close one, walk off, and take it in ten.  Reports are, Tug Hulett would have been pitching soon if the thing had stretched much past the tenth inning.

Now we’re up to date.  The weekend brings the PawSox.  By virtue of the three wins against Rochester and the PawSox recent 1-9 slump, the ‘Pigs are back in first place.  It’s time to put some distance up there with three games in two days against said PawSox.  The day-night two-fer on Sunday will be double bull-pen games for the ‘Pigs.  Wiley veteran lefty Pat Misch will look to eat up innings and get the win tonight (Saturday).  He’s been pitching really well of late, so I’m looking forward to a nice night and hopefully a win.  Plus, Pridie’s back from having his baby, so another big bat in the lineup is always welcome.  He’ll be batting fifth tonight.  Add in AA-All Star reliever Justin Friend just called up from Reading, and I think we’ll be OK!

Stay cool, and I’ll see you at the park (or the tailgate, see next post)

@KRAM209

PS:  There are whispers that Ryan Howard might be rehabing soon.  Stay tuned.

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IronPigs Climbing, Yankees Looking for New Name

A few days ago I overheard two old men talking about what I suppose all old men talk about.

“How are the grandkids?”, “eh, spoiled”

“Did that rash clear up?”, “still there”

“How are the IronPigs doing?”, “like the Phillies, they stink”

I chuckled and went on my way. Life has been distracting me from this season but I have been keeping an eye on how the team is doing and tune in to hear Matt Provence’s call of the game often.

The Pigs are right where they need to be. At 42-30 they find themselves just 2 games behind the 2011 Division champs in Pawtucket. While they rode the first place train for a long while last year the Pigs fell in the late weeks of the season before exacting revenge on the Pawsox in the first round playoffs with a sweep as the Wild Card team.

In the past 10 games the Pigs have shown some life winning 7 of the last 10. With the frequent changes to the roster as Phillies go on and come off of the disabled list the energy is there.

Our beloved Pigs are right where they need to be. 2nd place. That’s right, 2nd place. Stay hungry Pigs, stay hungry.

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In other news, the SWB or Empire State Yankees or the Yankee’s AAA affiliate are getting more than just a stadium makeover. Baseball America is reporting that the Yankees are looking for a new name. Even holding a contest with prize pack for the winner.

My first thought was that the Yankees would pull out of SWB with this move. No idea on their contract status but it seems unlikely as they paid a lot of money into this renovation and may even have bought the team outright. (My memory isn’t doing great these days) Another thought leads me to the attendance at PNC Park. It wasn’t great and being a part of Pennsylvania you do have a lot of lot of Phillies fans up there. The SWB team was a Phillies affiliate for many years prior to the Yankees moving in. Kind of how that area is developing demographically as well… but that’s not something to address in a simple sports blog.

My submission… The SWB Miners. That area was huge in mining as the Lehigh Valley was to Steel. Could lightning strike twice in eastern PA? Another thought I had would be the Planters. (Planters Peanuts got their start in Wilkes Barre)

It’s late and to quote the most interesting man in baseball, “Cheer on Little Piggies.”

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No Freebies: ‘Pigs Win, and Hockey Tickets Go On Sale

The IronPigs took game three of the annual four-game set in Toledo tonight by a score of 2-1.  The ‘Pigs scored first in the top of the fifth by leadoff back-to-back doubles by Erik “Holy” Kratz and Jason “Popcorn” Pridie.  Pat Misch was solid once again as the starter, scattering five hits over seven full innings of work.  He struck out five, and walked none while allowing one earned run in the bottom of the sixth on single-bunt-single. 

Following a Blanco line-out in the top of the eighth, Pete Orr singled to avoid the Golden Sombrero.  He stole second and advanced on a throwing error by the catcher.  He then scored on a sac fly by Kevin “VivaLe” Frandsen.  Purcey worked a clean Eighth with two K’s and no walks.  “FLEEEP” Aumont came on for the bottom of the ninth.  There were many foul balls, but he stayed with it and retired all three on 17 pitches featuring 12 strikes.  He had one K and no walks

In a close game, it’s a great idea to avoid those free passes if you can.  Tonight it paid off for our ‘Pigs.  I was going to Tweet something about “too much running” when Pete Orr got on in the top of the eighth.  It seems like we’ve had some PO’s and CS’s lately, and I’m not used to it.  Trust in Sandberg, we must.  It was that Orr steal which lead to the error which lead to the winning run.  Force the issue.  Good baseball.  Nothing Free.  Pigs Fly!

You know what else isn’t free?  Hockey.  The Phantoms started selling full season ticket packages yesterday to those on the waiting list.  Kramskorner didn’t get the call yet, so I don’t have the details.  I’m hoping to translate my ticket buying experience into some further information about the planned arena.  I’ve made some assumptions based on the now-released seating chart, but I’d like more and accurate information.  If I get it, I’ll share it here.  But for now, the big answer:  Yes, they want money.  $100 they say.  Yes, you get it back if they don’t play in 2013 (like, um, if there isn’t an arena….).

Stay tuned! 

The IronPigs go for a 3-1 series win tomorrow night in the series finale in Toledo.

@Kram209

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‘Pigs outwallow Mud Hens – 6-3

Let’s Go Blanco!!

Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Player Pos

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

Andres Blanco SS

5

2

4

1

0

0

0

0

1

.224

Pete Orr 3B

5

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.179

Kevin Frandsen 2B

4

1

2

2

0

0

4

0

0

.282

Jason Pridie LF

3

0

1

1

0

0

1

2

1

.357

Michael Spidale CF

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

.292

Cody Overbeck 1B

4

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

.255

Steve Susdorf RF

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

.280

Tuffy Gosewisch C

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.216

Tug Hulett DH

3

2

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

.328

BATTING
2B: Blanco, A (6, Oliver), Frandsen 2 (19, Oliver, Oliver), Pridie (3, Oliver), Overbeck (17, Oliver).
TB: Pridie 2; Orr; Frandsen 4; Blanco, A 5; Hulett 2; Overbeck 2.
RBI: Frandsen 4 (19), Pridie (2).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Overbeck; Gosewisch.
SF: Frandsen.
GIDP: Pridie.
Team RISP: 4-for-14.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
DP: 3 (Blanco, A-Frandsen-Overbeck, Gosewisch-Frandsen, Orr-Frandsen-Overbeck).

Toledo Mud Hens
Player Pos

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

AVG

Justin Henry 3B

4

1

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

.271

Ben Guez RF

3

1

1

0

0

1

2

0

1

.289

Alex Avila C

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.000

    Zachary Maggard C

2

1

1

0

0

1

1

0

0

.222

Rob Brantly DH

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

.333

Ryan Strieby 1B

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

.191

Jerad Head LF

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.233

Matt Young CF

3

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

.253

Cale Iorg 2B

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

.333

Argenis Diaz SS

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

.230

BATTING
3B: Young, M (5, Cloyd), Henry, Ju (3, Cloyd).
HR: Guez (3, 1st inning off Cloyd, 0 on, 1 out), Maggard (1, 6th inning off Cloyd, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Young, M 3; Maggard 4; Guez 4; Strieby; Iorg; Head; Brantly; Henry, Ju 3.
RBI: Guez 2 (11), Maggard (1).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Iorg.
SF: Guez.
GIDP: Head 2.
Team RISP: 0-for-1.
Team LOB: 3.

BASERUNNING
CS: Iorg (1, 2nd base by Ramirez, J/Gosewisch).

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Young, M (Frandsen at 3rd base).
DP: (Strieby-Diaz, A).

Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Tyler Cloyd (W, 7-1)

6.0

6

3

3

1

4

2

2.37

J.C. Ramirez (H, 1)

1.0

1

0

0

0

2

0

1.80

Raul Valdes (S, 3)

2.0

1

0

0

0

2

0

3.00

Toledo Mud Hens
Player

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Andrew Oliver (L, 4-6)

6.0

7

4

4

2

4

0

4.10

Darin Downs

0.2

2

0

0

1

0

0

2.59

Jose Ortega

1.1

0

0

0

0

1

0

3.82

Chris Bootcheck

1.0

2

2

2

1

0

0

3.10

Pitches-strikes: Cloyd 92-61, Ramirez, J 15-11, Valdes 30-21, Oliver 98-64, Downs 21-14, Ortega 18-13, Bootcheck 14-7.
Groundouts-flyouts: Cloyd 6-5, Ramirez, J 0-0, Valdes 2-1, Oliver 7-2, Downs 1-1, Ortega 3-0, Bootcheck 1-1.
Batters faced: Cloyd 24, Ramirez, J 3, Valdes 6, Oliver 26, Downs 5, Ortega 4, Bootcheck 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Ortega 3-0.
Ejections: Toledo Mud Hens Manager Phil Nevin ejected by HP umpire Jon Saphire (9th)
Umpires: HP: Jon Saphire. 1B: Chad Whitson. 3B: Gerard Ascani.
Weather: 74 degrees, overcast.
Wind: 16 mph, Out to LF.
T: 2:48.
Att: 6,304.

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Da Bullz – “Oy Vey”

It’s just wrong…

Click below to hear “The Voice” Matt Provence with the wrap-up.

Da Dish

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