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2015 IronPigs Schedule Released: Good, Bad and Ugly

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THE GOOD

  1. Opening Day at Coca Cola Park
  2. Closing Day at Coca Cola Park
  3. Plenty of Weekend games
  4. No home stand longer than 8 games
  5. A nice, busy June
  6. 12 games in 14 days at the end of July/beginning of August
  7. Plenty of April Games
  8. Shorter road trips for the players
  9. Fewer 2-game sets–Mr. Brundage should approve.
  10. A couple good candidates for vacation weeks in August, and one in July–for the fans.
  11. 222 game at Coca Cola Park April 7.
  12. With all 1:35 games on Sundays, plenty of chance to continue the post-game tailgate tradition–and plenty of chance to get over to the SteelHawks games if they’re smart and go for evening kickoff on Sundays when the ‘Pigs are home.
  13. Not listing the playoffs on the schedule is probably a good idea.  We’ll figure that out later….
  14. The late start to the season should ease conflicts with SteelHawks (somewhat) and Phantoms, and the late end to the season should flow into pre-season hockey quite nicely.

THE BAD

  1. Season doesn’t start until April 9!  We’re going to be champing at the bit, I’m telling you.
  2. With the season extending to a late Labor Day, September 7–could be a week without the best players as they could be called up September 1.
  3. New, uneven schedule has 18 games with Scranton–10 in Moosic, 8 in Allentown!
  4. Fewer games with Western and Southern opponents–some only in town for 3 days instead of 4.
  5. The busy April is good for baseball fans like myself, but tough on the attendance race.
  6. No 5:35 games on Sundays in the summer.

THE UGLY

  1. Only 8 games in August!  Unbalanced!
  2. The RailRiders get home field advantage in the race for the IronRail!

But, I’ll be there,

@Kram209

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Swuuunngg On and there it gooooeessss – “Fronconstein” FTW – ‘Pigs Fly

Haven’t posted one of these in a while – hasn’t been one to post in a while…

BUT

as a follow-up to the Cheryl/Kram/Jr. walk-off prediction and the come-from-behind (walk-off error) victory by Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons in the Williamsport LLWS here is the Voice of the IronPigs Matt Provence with a classic, emphatic walk-off homerun call courtesy of “Young Fronconstein” (TM M. Provence).

If you witness enough baseball at Lehigh Valley’s Coca-Cola Park, you know by the sound of the bat when a ball is jacked and Maikel (don’t call him Michael) Franco’s shot to left field was certainly a ‘no-doubter’!

Before we get to the Voice one final tidbit.

Phillippe Aumont with the win!

YES – that’s what it says!

Aumont pitched 2 PERFECT, stellar innings with 3 K’s and ZERO free passes.

Hold on a sec though - he threw 17 pitches – 15 of ‘em for strikes!

YES – that’s what it says!

So we’ll take Phillippe’s best outings of his recently improving year and transition to one of the best Provence calls – ever!

Walk-Off Dishing

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The best @PigsRadio “Clip O’ The Game” EVER

So the IronPigs finished the back-end of the Norfolk series taking 4 out of 5 with an exciting 4-3 “Walk-Off Assist Victory”!

A what you say?

Well…

Ken “Miles” Giles got in a bit of trouble until Tyson “ChuckHustle” Gillies threw out the tying run at home to end the game and that folks is a “Walk-Off Assist Victory!

Maikel Franco’s first AAA triple and a “What Can Go Long Will Go Long” Jim Murphy HR (and a SAC fly) helped the ‘Pigs to their 4 runs.

Oh and how do you like that Chris Bootcheck with an amazing 0.75 ERA surrendering only 1 run in 12 innings thus far for Lehigh Valley.

That’s all well and good but not really what we are here for.

So without further ado…

Click below to hear what may be the best Matt Provence “Clip O’ The Game” EVER!

OR click to download

PiiiggGGSS FffllLLYYYYY

Da Dish

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Noise Nation Podcast Radio – Season 2-2 ‘The Franco Files’

Join Kram & DiPro for some IronPigs’ talk with topics ranging from the upcoming 8 game home stand, Jersey Auctions, a lil bit of promo stuff, our feelings on Franco aka ‘The Franco Files’  (Maikel Franco) with a side order of Cesar (Cesar Hernandez). (as much as it pains me to post him on a Fightins’ page)

Hope you enjoy and thanks for listening!

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Kurt “Diamond” Landes sings Sweet Caroline

The IronPigs fell to the RailRiders 4-3 this evening on some cheap infield singles and an angry error by pitcher Sean O’Sullivan.

As a small conciliation enjoy IronPigs’ President/GM Kurt Landes pay off the bet for losing last year’s IronRail Trophy.

Unconfirmed reports abound on “Pointy” joining the cast of Glee.

 


Video-MiLB TV

 

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This Week In Ironpigs History

4/14/08:   After 11 straight losses the Ironpigs finally break into the win column with a 3-1 win over the Richmond Braves.  Ron Chiavacci is the winning pitcher and Matt Childers gets the save.

4/15/08:  A 4-1 win over Toledo and the Ironpigs win 2 in a row.  Brian Mazone gets the win and Matt Childers gets another save.

4/18/08:  The Ironpigs drop to 2-14 after an 8-3 loss to Toledo.  Valentino Pascucci hits his only home run in his short stay with the Ironpigs.

4/19/08:  Syracuse defeats the Ironpigs 6-5 as future Ironpigs third baseman Hector Luna homers twice for the Chiefs.

4/15/09:  Kyle Kendrick throws 7 strong innings, John Mayberry Jr. homers and Pablo Ozuna drives in 3 runs as the Ironpigs defeat Syracuse 11-4. 

4/16/09:  John Mayberry Jr. hits a 3 run Home Run but Syracuse pushes across a run in the 12th inning off Dave Borkowski to defeat the Ironpigs by a 5-4 score.

4/17/09:  Andy Tracy hits a 2 run HR at Pawtucket as the Ironpigs defeat the PawSox 4-3.  Drew Carpenter gets his first Ironpigs win and Gary Majewski picks up a save.

4/19/09:  Justin Lehr improves to 2-0 and Andy Tracy homers again as the Ironpigs win 6-2 at Pawtucket.

4/15/10:  Home Runs by Cody Ransom, Dewayne Wise and John Mayberry Jr. to go with 7 strong innings by Nate Bump, and the Ironpigs defeat Rochester 4-1.  Losing pitcher was current Phillies pitcher Jeff Manship.

4/17/10:  John Mayberry doubles 3 times as the Ironpigs defeat Syracuse 8-1.  Future Phillies/Ironpigs fan favorite Pete Orr homers for the only Syracuse run.

4/20/10:  Nate Bump improves to 2-0 with 7 scoreless innings in a 2-1 win over Syracuse.

4/16/11:  Eddie Bonine throws 7 strong innings at Syracuse and Jeff Larish hits a home run as the Ironpigs defeat the Chiefs 4-2.

4/17/11:  Ironpigs win their 4th straight road game, scoring 6 runs in the 8th inning, highlighted by a pinch hit 2 run HR by Delwyn Young,as the Ironpigs defeat Syracuse 10-6.

4/18/11:  In the 2nd game of a doubleheader, Brandon Moss hits a 3 run home run in the 6th inning as the Ironpigs defeat Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5-3.  Jason Grilli earns his first win with the Ironpigs.

4/14/12:  Hector Luna goes 2-4 with a home run and Domonic Brown drives in 2 as the Ironpigs defeat Rochester 5-2.  Scott Elarton throws 6 strong innings while Jeremy Horst picks up the win and Jake Diekman gets a save.

4/19/12:  Ironpigs score 5 runs in the 8th inning at Buffalo as Eric Kratz gets 3 hits & drives home 2.  Michael Schwimer picks up the win in the 8-4 victory over the Bison.

 

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#IronPigs Opening 2014 Homestand Review – Attendence

The IronPigs started the 2014 season with a plan. April is the coldest, rainiest, most difficult month of the season for any team to draw in high attendance numbers. This year started off with two, count ‘em TWO bobblehead nights and multiple other giveaways stacking the first week for us fans!

Then came the rain. We lost two openings already in the first week but gained two doubleheaders. Following the first homestand Pig fans are making a good showing, keeping pace with the distinct four teams in the lead so far in 2014. Currently in 4th place in the IL for fans per game average. Not far ahead are the fans from Louisville and Indianapolis (larger market areas) and topping the list are the Charlotte fans who finally have a park within their city borders. It’s a brand new park folks and Tommy V is involved so they are going to be strong for a while.

Charlotte Knights 10,210
Louisville Bats 8,704
Indianapolis Indians 8,402
Lehigh Valley IronPigs 8,329
Buffalo Bisons 6,411
Durham Bulls 6,245
Gwinnett Braves 5,983
Toledo Mud Hens 5,811
Columbus Clippers 5,742
S/WB RailRiders 5,623
Syracuse Chiefs 4,965
Pawtucket Red Sox 4,747
Rochester Red Wings 4,507
Norfolk Tides 3,970

I enjoyed this first week. I hope you did too!

OinK!

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