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Game Report: Pigs Take Third Straight

Koyie Hill Goes Yard; Photo Cheryl Pursell

Koyie Hill Goes Yard; Photo Cheryl Pursell

The IronPigs used the long ball to take down the Tides last night.  It was their third straight win.  A two-run shot by Koyie Hill–his first home run as an IronPig–and a three-run blast by Leandro Castro paced the Pigs to a 6-3 victory.  Greg Smith was his usual solid self.  There was a minor adventure with Phillippe Aumont, and a save by Justin De Fratus.  Tyler Henson started a new hit streak with two knocks, and Troy Hanzawa got off the schnide with his first hit of 2014.

Leandro Castro with the long ball--and the bat flip. Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Leandro Castro with the long ball–and the bat flip.
Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Tyler Henson Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Tyler Henson
Photo: Cheryl Pursell

The Pigs are back at it early today, with the first “education day” of the season–a 10:35 start.  Our team was 0-5 in morning games last season, but was 11-3 in the 14 before that.  All time, the Pigs are 12-13 in the morning.  Barry Enright is on the mound.

Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Tyson Gillies CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .138
Clete Thomas LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 .269
Maikel Franco 3B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .134
Jim Murphy 1B 4 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 .242
Reid Brignac SS 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .271
Koyie Hill C 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 .375
Leandro Castro DH 4 1 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 .192
Tyler Henson RF 3 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 .275
Troy Hanzawa 2B 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .050
Totals 32 6 9 3 0 2 6 2 5 .220
2B: Murphy, Ji 2 (5, Vasquez, A, Patton), Henson (5, Vasquez, A).
HR: Hill, K (1, 2nd inning off Vasquez, A, 1 on, 1 out), Castro, L (1, 4th inning off Vasquez, A, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Murphy, Ji 4; Hill, K 4; Hanzawa; Brignac 2; Henson 3; Castro, L 4.
RBI: Hill, K 2 (7), Castro, L 3 (6), Thomas, C (9).
2-out RBI: Castro, L 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hanzawa; Castro, L.
GIDP: Franco.
Team RISP: 2-for-9.
Team LOB: 4.

SB: Henson (2, 2nd base off Alderson/Joseph).

E: Smith, G (1, throw).
Outfield assists: Thomas, C (Marrero at 1st base).
DP: 2 (Brignac-Murphy, Ji, Thomas, C-Hanzawa-Murphy, Ji).
Pickoffs: Smith, G (Weeks, J at 1st base).

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Greg Smith (W, 2-0) 6.0 8 2 1 1 3 0 2.04
Jeremy Horst (H, 3) 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 0 3.86
Phillippe Aumont 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3.86
Justin De Fratus (S, 1) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.70
Totals 9.0 12 3 2 1 5 0 3.40
Horst pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.

WP: Aumont.
Pitches-strikes: Vasquez, A 68-40, Alderson 39-25, Patton 14-7, Smith, G 94-57, Horst 24-16, Aumont 10-7, De Fratus 9-6.
Groundouts-flyouts: Vasquez, A 4-4, Alderson 2-3, Patton 0-3, Smith, G 6-4, Horst 2-0, Aumont 0-1, De Fratus 3-0.
Batters faced: Vasquez, A 18, Alderson 11, Patton 5, Smith, G 25, Horst 5, Aumont 3, De Fratus 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Patton 1-0, Aumont 1-1.
Umpires: HP: David Soucy. 1B: Carlos Torres. 3B: Joey Amaral.
Weather: 62 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 11 mph, Out to CF.
T: 2:45 (:57 delay).
Att: 6,892.
Venue: Coca-Cola Park.

See you at the park,

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IronPig Named IL Pitcher of the Week!

IronPig pitcher Greg Smith was named IL Pitcher of the Week!

From the IL Website:

In his second start of the 2014 season, Lehigh Valley southpaw Greg Smith tossed the franchiseʹs first
complete game shutout since 2012 and for Smith, his first shutout in affiliated baseball since 2006. In
Game 1 of a doubleheader at Syracuse on Thursday, Smith scattered four hits over 7.0 shutout innings
in a 4‐0 victory for the IronPigs. He didnʹt walk a batter while striking out six, needing just 83 pitches
to complete the shutout. The win was Smithʹs first decision this season and lowered his ERA to 2.31.
30‐year‐old Greg Smith is in his tenth season as a professional pitcher. He split last year between
Double‐A and Triple‐A, posting an 8‐4 record with a 3.31 ERA for Lehigh Valley. He is a veteran of 40
starts in the Major Leagues, having seen time with both Oakland (2008) and Colorado (2010). Smith is
a native of Alexandria, Louisiana.

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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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An Old Friend Enjoying Japan

Former IronPig Scott Mathieson is having fun in Japan!


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Pigs Return Home: Road Trip Review and Home Stand Preview

International League Pitcher of the Week:  Greg Smith! Photo: Cheryl Pursell

International League Pitcher of the Week: Greg Smith!
Photo: Cheryl Pursell

The IronPigs return home today from Syracuse and Scranton, sporting an 8-10 record following the 4-3 rain-shortened trip.  Two of the four games in Syracuse were postponed, with only one made up via double-header.  The Pigs took the wrap-around series from Scranton 3-1, to take the lead in the IronRail Series.  Their 8-10 record is fifth place in the North Division, but only 2.5 games back of leader Pawtucket, 11-8.

Who’s Hot?

  1. The Easter Bunny:  The Pigs are now 5-1 all time on Easter (no game in 2010).
  2. The Bats:  Hitting’s been better, .395 RISP as of yesterday.
  3. Cesar Jimenez:  The LHP is un-scored upon in his last three games, two as a starter.
  4. Koyie Hill:  The 35yo Catcher has hit in all 7 of his starts, sporting a .440 average in those games.
  5. Maikel Franco:  Although he didn’t hit yesterday, he did score a run.  He had three hits on Sunday, including a double and 2 RBI to go along with 2 runs scored.
  6. Tyler Henson: Had his seven-game hit streak snapped yesterday, but is otherwise hitting .355 in his last nine games following a slow start.
  7. Reid Brignac:  Has hit in six straight, including a couple homers.  He has taken over the cleanup spot of late, and played some fine defense.
  8. Clete Thomas:  Hitting .345 in his last nine games.
  9. Steve Susdorf:  Has hit safely in six of his last seven games. (.429)
  10. Neris, Lincoln, and Garcia:  All pitching well in various roles. (Neris yielded runs for the first time, in mop-up duty on Sunday).


Some moves since the Pigs left town last week, in reverse order:

  1. Jon Pettibone optioned from Philadelphia
  2. Jimenez reinstated from Temporary Inactive List (TIL, personal); Ronny Cedeno added to TIL; INF Matt Tolbert (.105) promoted from Reading
  3. Jimenez added to TIL; Garcia optioned from Philadelphia
  4. Blanco and Rupp to DL (obliques; figure 3-4 weeks)
  5. Nesseth assigned to Reading
  6. De Fratus assigned to Lehigh Valley from Philadelphia
  7. C Sebastian Valle promoted to Lehigh Valley from Reading
  8. OF Tyson Gillies promoted to Lehigh Valley from Clearwater

More moves to come as they’ll need to make room for Pettibone when he reports.

On Tap:

The eight game home-stand is tied for the longest of 2014:  It is the first of five of them.  Enter the Norfolk Tides, last place in the South at 5-13.  Former Reading player Quintin Berry is on the roster.  Beware the last place team…

Starting Pitchers: (projected)

  1. Tuesday: Greg Smith
  2. Wednesday (AM): Barry Enright
  3. Thursday: Sean O-Sullivan
  4. Friday: Jon Pettibone

At the Park:


pig head earth

Earth Day

Coffee Mug Giveaway ( (18+)

Free Coffee and Hot Chocolate (in mug) until end of 7th inning

(based on availability, rules and restrictions apply [?!?!])

Pig Stop:  Kielbasa and Kraut on a Steak Roll $7.50



Education Day #1!

10:35AM First Pitch

Bloody Marys with Ed and Kram if you’re in the Club Level

Pig Stop:  CLOSED (insert lament for omelette station…)




irish tshirt

Irish Heritage Night

T-Shirt Giveaway (18+)

Ladies Night: Pre-Game Happy Hour

Pig Stop:  Piggy Panini: Ham, Bacon, Pork and Cheese $7.50




Gary, sporting the new black out T-Shirt, and Friday Cap.  Image:  @Ironpigs Twitter Feed

Gary, sporting the new black out T-Shirt, and Friday Cap. Image: @Ironpigs Twitter Feed

Friday Black Out Fireworks

Don’t Drink and Drive

Pig Stop: Fajita Bar, Beef and Chicken.  $8.00









6:35PM Start:  Police and Firefighters softball 4PM; Heroes Night

Post-Game Fireworks (LCCC)

Tiki Party?  (Not until May, they tell us; Stay tuned.)

Pig Stop: Meatball Sandwich $6.50




1:35PM Start

Mickey Morandini T-Shirt Giveaway (18+)

Pig Stop:  Taco Bar $7.00 (2)

Post-Game NoiseNation Tailgate?  Stay tuned…





Ethan Martin Bobble Doll (18+), First 3,000

Dog Day #2

Pig Stop:  Dirty Dog, Hot Dog with Toppings, $6.50





TUESDAY (4/29)

10:35AM Start:  Education Day #2

Pig Stop:  CLOSED

That’s what you need to get ready for the home stand.  Check back with the Horn and Bell Blog for updates, game reports, photos and perhaps a podcast or two!

See you at the park!




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A Road Trip, A Rant & A Railrider – Catching Up

It’s been a few days.. we always tell ourselves that this hobby should never get in the way of important things in life and we are true to that commitment. Fortunately, we always have time to catch up!

Official Noise Nation Road Trip Report:

Date: 18 April 2014

1:30pm – The Noise Nation staff decides that seeing Kurt Landes redeeming his bet, after losing last year’s IronRail wager, is worth the trip to Moosic to see our IronPigs take on the SWB Railriders. A plan is decided upon and is set in motion.

4:30pm – DiPro and Dan arrive at Kram’s place, enjoy some pasta, get some puppy time in and start off the journey.

4:31pm – The RoadTrip Pig Mix CD actually works in the car’s CD player. Yakkety Yak is drowned out by our sing along. (The CD did not work in our first road trip that you can read about here)

6:00pm – We arrive in Moosic. The Will Call stand is set up independently of the ticket windows and we receive our tickets in no time at all. I really like this. We are soon greeted by a lot of camouflage gear, some taxidermy examples and a lot of smiling faces. This was my first trip to PNC Field since the renovation and despite some hesitance, the gang took a lap around the field to satisfy my curiosity. A very friendly usher informed us that it was Outdoors night and there would be a guest appearance by AE’s Duck Dynasty cast member Mountain Man. We proceeded to the outfield where we saw an available bar and a bartender constantly looking over her shoulder. There was no net set up behind the bar that, as I was told, occasionally will lose a bottle to a home run ball. There was also a BBQ stand that offered pulled pork and pierogi sandwiches. Had I not eaten before we left I would have tried one. Perhaps on the next trips. We also saw an area behind the bar where a party deck is under construction. We made our way around the outfield concourse, a beautiful view, and ended up at the picnic area. A bit further down the line.. I met my mission for the evening…

6:25pm – Dan discovers the jumping frog contest.

Photo - Kram

Photo – Kram

So you get 5 frog tries for $2 with a nice prize selection. I tried. I tried some more. I tried again later but I just couldn’t get those frogs to stick to the lily pads. Next time frogs.. Next time!

We head to the team store and guess what we find! Horns & Bells for sale!



What can I say.. it brought a tear to my eye I was so happy.

6:35pm – Kram Jr hits up the ice cream stand for his first milkshake. (Stay tuned for my ice cream rant later in this post)

7:00pm – The game begins. After the 1st inning Dan and Kram Jr. head over to get Mountain Man’s autograph.

Photo - Kram Jr.

Photo – Kram Jr.

7:45pm – Dan tries again, unsuccessfully, to win the Frog game

8:00pm – We grab a big slab of some great sorta-Sicilian style pizza and head back to the seats. Kram Jr. grabs another milkshake.

From there the game proceeded as always. Good umpire calls mixed in with bad umpire calls along with the cheers and boos that go along with them. Some errors, some runs. It was baseball as we all have learned to love.

Barry Enright on the Mound: Photo: Kram

Barry Enright on the Mound:
Photo: Kram

9:01pm – Dan decides to get some ice cream, Kram Jr. takes him along. We discover it is closed by just a minute, but wait! The stand owners wave us over and say they can serve up anything for “Their best customer!” Kram Jr makes many recommendations on milkshakes and flavor combinations (of which there were a lot) but I go with my old standard vanilla ice cream cone, soft serve.

Rant time

Long story – I like ice cream. I do not like frozen yogurt. I know some people like yogurt and that it is supposedly more healthy for you but when I’m jumping off the diet train for a ballpark treat I don’t want yogurt. I want something created as a mix, spun around in a cold ice cream machine and that has as much fat and calories as it does flavor. The cone cost a reasonable ballpark price. I have to say I have not yet tried the yogurt stand at our very own Coca Cola Park. One – I don’t like frozen yogurt. It’s not that I simply prefer soft serve ice cream, I just don’t like it. Not going to eat it Sam I Am, Not in a car or in a van. You get the point. Another thing about that stand is that it suffers from the buffet to go syndrome. Anyone who has ever partaken in the local grocery store’s Chinese buffet realizes real quick how fast the scale rises when it’s priced at close to $10 a pound and those treats and toppings build up fast. I’ll happily pay a set price for a set amount long before I face the unimaginable oops of a $20 sundae.

Short story – I like ice cream. I don’t like frozen yogurt.

Would love for Coca Cola Park to add a soft serve ice cream stand. The vendor up at PNC Field told me he was very interested in expanding to Coca Cola Park so hopefully they figure out a way to make this happen.

So the game ended with a Pigs win in extra innings and we left before the fireworks began. We had a great time but were a bit disappointed that we didn’t get to see IronPig’s General Manager Kurt Landes sing for us. Later confirmed by Twitter, the singing was pre-recorded and to be played in Moosic only after an IronPig loss. We are looking for the full video and when we get it in we will share with you.

We got back home around midnight and a good night was had by all!



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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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