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Injury Woes Deplete Phantoms Defense

More roster movement today, as another injury to a defenseman in Philadelphia leads to a call-up.

Brandon Manning heads to Philadelphia to join the Flyers as they head to Tampa for a game tomorrow.  With Gostisbehere already in Philadelphia and Alt out indefinitely with a shoulder the Phantoms pull Maxim LaMarche from the Reading Royals for tonight’s game versus the Baby Penguins.  LaMarche will wear #44.

Here are the revised defensive pairings:

Hagg – Pettersson

Lauridsen – Delisle

Flemming – LaMarche

It has been confirmed that Rob Zepp will start in goal; let’s hope the retooled blue liners can protect him a bit.  Look for the top two pairings to get double shifts.  No word yet on where Straka will land with the attacking skaters.


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Minor League Baseball Transactions

Early October is the time of year that player movement usually begins at the minor league level. With the Arizona Fall League set to begin their season on Tuesday, October 7 we can follow some of the junior Phillies playing this year for the Scottsdale Scorpions. This is a list of who the Phillies will be sending to the AFL:
First, and probably most important to the 2015 Lehigh Valley Ironpigs, LHP Adam Morgan will be continuing his rehab at Scottsdale. Morgan made 13 starts for the Ironpigs in 2013 then missed all of 2014 after having shoulder surgery in January. Other Phillies headed to he AFL include Roman Quinn, 21 year old switch hitting center fielder, Logan Moore, 24 year old catcher who split time in 2014 between Clearwater and Reading, Ethan Stewart, 23 year old LHP was 5-7 at Clearwater last year, Colton Murray, 24 year old RH relief pitcher pitched at Clearwater and Reading last year, Ryan O’Sullivan RHP was 7-8 3.91 with Reading in 2014 and Nefi Ogando a 25 year old RH relief pitcher who was 5-1 6.27 with 7 Saves at Reading last year.

In other Phillies minor league transactions according to Matt Eddy at Baseball America, 3 players have elected free agency, Jeff Manship, Jeremy Horst and Reid Brignac. All 3 would be missed if they sign elsewhere for the 2015 season.

A few other familiar minor league names who have already elected free agency this offseason include Dan Johnson, Corey Brown, Elliot Johnson, Jair Jurrjens, Michael Martinez, Jeff Francoeur and Ryan Feierabend.

The Winter Meetings this year will be December 8-11 in San Diego.


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Flyers Win! Phantoms Win! (And, other winners and losers from the first Hockey Night in Allentown, Saturday at the PPL Center)

It was a great night for a hockey exhibition on Saturday at the PPL Center in Allentown.  The sell-out crowd–said to be 8,600 but also reported at 7,600 in some places (some group areas weren’t sold…)–was clad in orange and had a good old time.  The arena looked great set up for hockey, and the ice did very nicely.  I was happy to be able to see the puck through all the advertisements!  As I suspected, things were a bit different from the concerts–the crowds, the concourse set-up and more.  Perhaps they’re still fine tuning, and that’s to be expected.  The orange team beat the white team, but hockey won the day.  Here are some other winners–and losers–from Saturday night:


  1. The color orange:  I mentioned it long ago:  there are a ton of Flyers fans in the area.  It showed.  The crowd was orange-clad all the way!
  2. Apparel sales:  Despite the flood of orange, folks lined up at the three arena merchandise kiosks to purchase new Phantoms gear.
  3. Concessions:  Folks lined up as well for food and drink.  It will calm down a bit as we all get used to what they have and what we like.  We’ll have some detailed menus and reviews posted in this space, upcoming, as well.  As I mentioned, there were some differences in bar setups and beer availability compared with the concerts.  I’m not sure why–could be just natural progression, or could have something to do with LCB event licenses or whatnot.  We’ll see if they continue to fine tune it.  Anyway, the game was at 5PM and everyone was hungry.  Long lines for food and drink.
  4. Restaurants:  We cut out in the third period to go get a bite to eat.  We stopped in the 8th Street block to say hello to Bert at the Philly Pretzel shop.  He reported good business at that location.  We crossed the street to get a burger at the BrewWorks.  They were busy, but we did get a seat right away.  By the time we left, the line was 20-deep to get in.  Other restaurants in the block had lines out front as well.  It looked to be good business for all the eateries.  Hopefully, they are able to fine tune their staff in order to provide efficient service to pre- and post-event hockey and concert fans!
  5. My Bladder:  Perhaps it was the slightly smaller crowd for hockey compared with concerts, or perhaps the nature of the event simply provided for better “flow” (sorry), but the lines for the rest rooms seemed to be much improved.  It’s still not optimal to have one door for both entry and egress, but perhaps that design wasn’t feasible with all of the other arena amenities which require real estate.  Nevertheless, I was happy to see that it wasn’t quite so bad using the facilities.
  6. The parking savvy:  Those who’ve read my advice regarding traffic and parking did very will in and out of the city on Saturday.  Those that didn’t….well, suffered the consequences.  See below.
  7. The ice:  They kept it comfortably cool in the seating bowl, and the ice seemed to hold up quite well from where I was sitting.  Perfect temperature in there for wearing a hockey sweater…
  8. The A/V guy:  Those video boards were gorgeous; it was the first time I’d seen them in full effect.  The PA sound was good as well–if a bit loud when they went to the remote guy.  But they’re still getting it fine tuned.  It’s really impressive.  Hockey play is up on the board constantly during game action.  It was nice for double checking (agian, sorry) the action when the puck was in the far/near corner or just out of view.  Replays were plentiful and well-photographed.
  9. The Miller Lite Loft:  It’s a cool hang out, up above the end seats opposite the concert end.  Nice bar up there, too.  Just don’t tell anyone because I don’t want it to get too crowded up there!
  10. The Seats:  I sat in a number of places during the game:  section 106, section 205 and up at the Miller Lite Loft.  All were good seats–can’t complain at all for hockey, that’s for sure.
  11. meLVin:  He skates, which is nice.  And he seemed to be well-received in the stands and not distracting to the hockey action on the ice.  I’m a fan, so far.


  1. The Agoraphobic:  The concourses are wider than normal, it’s true.  But, with everyone still experiencing the arena for the first time, making your way around the concourse was troublesome.  If you’re not a fan of crowds, you wouldn’t like it at all.
  2. People who were hungry:  Again with the lines.  It should calm down, and the concessioners should be able to improve their efficiency with time and practice.  But some of the lines for food where just crazy-like–even while the puck was in play!
  3. People who were thirsty:  There seemed to be fewer places and fewer choices in the beer department.  Perhaps things are still getting sorted out, or perhaps it has to do with differences on hockey vs. concert nights.  We’ll see.  I’ll report more as I learn–and certainly there are still plenty of choices there.  Stay tuned.  Oh, and again, the lines, and some beer taps weren’t working and some stands didn’t really have what was listed on their menus.  They need to tighten it up.
  4.  Those who like competition:  It was difficult to know who to cheer for, you know?  I’m glad no one was seriously injured in the game, and it was good to see some skilled play on the ice.  I look forward to some real hockey on Wednesday, though–and then hockey that counts on 10/17.
  5. Penguins and Chocolate Bars:  I’m just saying, with all that orange, not gonna be a terribly friendly place for the opposition to play.  Particularly if you’re from Harrisburg or Wilkes-Barre or Binghamton.
  6.  Fit and Finish:  It seems like there are a lot of spots that need to be tuned up around the arena.  Things left slightly unfinished or not yet optimized.  Nothing glaring or horrible.  Just this:  it’s only going to get better!
  7. Chickie’s and Pete’s:  A loser because they’re not open yet!  It looks to be close, though–a lot of money on the table there as I’m sure that they’ll be doing a massive business as soon as they’re open.  BTW, I was impressed with their menu.  Look here. Hopefully, they’ll have the whole menu available at the arena site.  They’ve got gluten-free stuff, too!
  8. People who don’t read my parking advice:  I guess I’m going to have to keep saying it:  AVOID 7TH AND LINDEN!  The authority knows it’s a problem, and they’re working on it.  However, the confluence of traffic, pedestrians, cross-traffic, and construction has yielded a troublesome and frustrating bottle-neck for motorists.  If you’re coming from the North/Rt22, try to use one of the alternate streets toward the zone:  9th or 5th or even 15th, perhaps.  If you’re coming in on Linden from the East, try to park as soon as you can via the State Lot, Linden garage, or Transportation Center.  If you’re headed in from the South or West, don’t try to circle around.  And for goodness sake, don’t try to park in the arena garage unless you have a pass for that facility–you won’t be able to get in and you’ll just clog traffic more.  Once they clean up that construction, and once they open that new Parkway Bridge (not to mention 8th street out…), things will calm down a bit in that area.
  9. Photographers:  The arena has rules about professional lenses and such.  Luckily, there’s nothing professional about me or my camera equipment–but it’s not the usual high-quality photos you’re used to seeing on these pages.  I did see some really good photos from an amateur at the arena.  I’m not sure what he used, but there may be some ways around it.  We’ll see what we can do.

OK, here are some images and things from my arena adventures:

Parking Routes in Red.  Modification (c) Kram209

Parking Routes in Red. Modification (c) Kram209

The approach walking North on 7th Street.  Photo: @kram209

The approach walking North on 7th Street. Photo: @kram209

Warm Ups from 205, with screen.  Photo: @Kram209

Warm Ups from 205, with screen. Photo: @Kram209

Warm Ups from 106.  Photo @Kram209

Warm Ups from 106. Photo @Kram209

Again from 106.  Photo: @Kram209

Again from 106. Photo: @Kram209

Game Play from section 205.  Photo: @Kram209

Game Play from section 205. Photo: @Kram209

Face Off, from the Miller Lite Loft.  photo: @Kram209

Face Off, from the Miller Lite Loft. photo: @Kram209

See you at the arena,




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Phantoms Roster Taking Shape; News and Notes

The very first Lehigh Valley Phantoms were born yesterday as the Flyers assigned 19 players from NHL camp.


Nick Cousins

Kevin Goumas

Andrew Johnston


Brandon Alderson

Austin Fyten

Matt Hatch

Brett Hextall

Derek Mathers

Marcel Noebels

Petr Straka


Mark Alt

Steven Delisle

Brett Flemming

Robert Hagg

Maxim Lamarche

Jesper Pettersson


Connor Knapp

Anthony Stolarz


Others could be assigned soon.  The next group may include defensemen Oliver Lauridsen and Shayne Gostisbehere, and forwards Darroll Powe, Andrew Gordon, Blair Jones, and Zack Stortini.

It’s important to note, the AHL has no hard roster limit.  A team can carry as many players as it likes–and no injured reserve, either.  Injured players just continue to appear on the roster but are never active.  For each game, 18 skaters will be active, plus two goaltenders.  The rest on the roster are either the injured players, or “healthy scratches.”  There are rules about players’ experience.  Based on professional game experience, there must be 13 “developmental” players–12 at the lower level–active for each game.  This makes the 5-6 more experienced players key to a team’s success on the ice.  We’ll learn more about this as we go along.

We’ll also have player capsules and uniform numbers up as soon as things are a little more solidified.  I’ve seen different numbers for players, perhaps “Flyers numbers” and “Phantoms numbers.”

News and Notes:

  •  The arena is batting .500 on concerts now.  With Rascal Flatts cancelling tomorrow’s show, and Cher rescheduling, that’s two that didn’t happen.  Folks received refunds for Rascal Flatts.  A reason for the cancellation wasn’t given.  I hope it wasn’t for lack of ticket sales or for some other arena-related problem.  Personally, I wasn’t planning on attending.
  • The “Battle on Hamilton” Saturday evening won’t be much of a “battle” at all, really.  It’s a “mixed-squad” scrimmage with both Phantoms and Flyers players in attendance.  It’s not clear which Flyers players will be here, nor which team they’ll be on.  If we get that info prior to the game, we’ll try to get it up.  I don’t expect to see much hard hitting, or fighting, though, during a mixed-squad scrimmage.
  • Puck drops at 5:00PM Saturday.  Some of the early tickets printed at 5:30–in error.  It’s not clear when the doors open–I’d expect 3:30 or 4:00PM.  It’ll be interesting to see how crowded the restaurants are following the game….
  • I admit I’m not fully in tune with the entire NHL roster of the Flyers; however, I am expecting many to most healthy players to make the trip to Allentown for the scrimmage.  Reportedly, the new “barn” is creating quite a buzz among the players.
  • One of the buzz-worthy reasons, is Tim Horton’s.  “Why a coffee shop in an arena?” I’ve heard multiple times from folks discussing the arena amenities.  First, it’s not at all uncommon for hockey arenas to have coffee stands and soup available; it’s a winter sport, and a nice warm beverage or soup can be appreciated.  However, Tim Horton’s is more popular in Canada than McDonalds!  Players from Canada, as well as those who may have played there during their junior years, are big fans of “Timmie’s” as they call it.  I keep hearing about the quality of the coffee–gonna hafta give it a try!
  • No word on an opening date for Chickie’s and Pete’s.  However, Crust, the third arena-block restaurant is in it’s “soft opening” stage.  The full menu isn’t available yet, but I hear the doors are open.  Crust is located on the 8th Street side of the arena block, and I don’t believe it’s accessible from the arena itself–gotta go outside.  There’s lots of seating, there, with an upstairs room, I understand.
  • Radio coverage of the Phantoms will be on Fox Sports AM-1470 in the Lehigh Valley.  The radio voice of the Phantoms is Bob Rotruck.  Follow him on Twitter at @BobRotruck .  TV coverage will be on Service Electric, with Steve Degler on play-by-play.  Color commentary for the TV call has not been announced, and could be handled by a variety of ex-player-types during the season.

We’ll have more as we go….

See you at the arena,



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Confidence Meter: IronPigs Bull Pen

I’ve been mostly Bull-ish on the Pigs pitchers this season, but lately I’m wavering. Let’s see where the relievers stand on Independence Day:

Luis Garcia: 92
It could be even higher, but he has put some guys on base lately and he’s had some spectacular failures with the big team. I’m a little uneasy. But only a little.

Tyler Knigge: 90
He’s performed more than admirably lately including some leverage situations. The last poor outing I recall was after he pitched 4+ innings in two days.

Cesar Jimenez: 88
He’s had a couple hiccups. I still believe in him.

Phillipe Aumont: 68
He’s had a couple really nice outings until tonight. But when it goes wrong it does so spectacularly. Wild pitches and walks to go with plenty of hits.

Jeremy Horst: 65
It feels kinda shaky even with some of the better innings. I hope he can get it back.

Hector Neris: 63
He’s had a couple really bad outings lately, following some strong work. I hope he’s OK.

Ethan Martin: 40
I believe in him and I believe in his talent. He’s got to get his mojo back.

The confidence meter reflects my current feeling about their performance. Of course it is fluid and subject to change with each outing, and subjective in nature.


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Noise Nation Fundraiser! 6/21/2014


I’ve got to admit.  I still don’t totally get this.  They don’t think we’re friendly?  They don’t think we’re friend-WORTHY?  If they really wanted to mock us, they should have put a picture of the IronRail Trophy on it (like I will, NEXT year!)

Whatever.  We’re going up there and we’re gonna show them who’s friendly.  It’s gonna be “Invade Moosic Night” and, we’ll have our OWN T-shirt!

Our Shirt.  Design subject to change.

Our Shirt. Design subject to change.

But, that’s not all!  Because we’re friendly and we’re not going to be fooled into merely filling up their stadium, we’re going to do it all for charity.  In the tradition of the NoiseNation Cookbook Fundraiser of yesteryear, we’ll be having fun and doing some good at the same time!  What could be FRIENDLIER than that?

How can you get in on this?  How can you get involved?  Read on:

The tickets have already been purchased by a sponsor.  The T-Shirts have been sponsored as well.  100% of the money collected will be donated to the Choroideremia Research Foundation ( on behalf of Angels for Mark.

More Event Details:

The Game:  Lehigh Valley IronPigs AT Scranton-Wilkes Barre RailRiders

When: Tuesday, July 1, 2014.  7:05PM

Where: PNC Field, 235 Montage Mountain Road, Moosic PA

Seats: Right Field Bleachers, the perfect place to make some noise.  Think Section 102 at Coca Cola Park.

How Much:  $20 donation to CRF.

What’s Next?  Email Kram with your T-Shirt size and preferred method of payment and pickup. , or contact Dan or DiPro or Cheryl to get in touch with me.


July 1st Event FAQ:

After you pay for the tickets and the shirts, how much money are you really going to be able to donate?

A:  All of it.  The tickets and shirts have been paid for by sponsors.  Every cent we collect will be donated.

Is there a bus going up?

A:  Unfortunately, no.  The overhead of the bus was too high without a guaranteed number of people going. Perhaps we can coordinate rides if necessary, but you’re on your own to get up there.  Perhaps in the future we’ll try something like that.

How Long Does It Take To Get There?

A:  It depends on where you leave from, but I usually figure on about an hour.  Google Maps tells me 1:20 from Coca Cola Park, so perhaps I drive too fast.  It’s Turnpike North, and not a bad drive.

What Are My Options For Getting The Tickets?

A:  Just shoot me an email and we’ll figure something out.  I’ll need to know your T-Shirt size.  We can meet at the park as I’m there for almost every game.  I can also arrange for you to pick them up at my office or at the Deli (Black Forest Deli is the preferred lunch spot of the NoiseNation and Horn and Bell Blog).  Finally, you can meet me up there on July 1, and I’ll have tickets and T-Shirts with me.  This is the least desirable because there are a limited number of seats and shirts available, as well as T-Shirt size concerns.

Wait a Minute, Will You be Tailgating?

A:  Ahh, you know me too well.  Indeed.  Plans aren’t firm just yet, but we will be there early, flying the NoiseNation flag.  Stay tuned.

Do They Have Accessible Seating?

A:  Yes.  There is an accessible area at the top of the bleacher section as well as at the bottom!

What If I Don’t Want To Sit With You?  No, I Mean, What If I Prefer Better Seats?  You Know, Not That Those Are BAD Seats, I’m Just, You Know, Funny That Way.  But Can I Still Get A Shirt?

A:  Of course.  If you’ve already purchased tickets to that game or would like to purchase your own seat, please feel free to do so.  We’ll get you a shirt, too! (based on availability)  Keep in mind I’m still going to ask you for $20 because I want to make the best possible donation to the CRF.  But we can negotiate.

Tell Me More About The Charity.

A:  Of course.  Choroideremia is a progressive, blinding disease of the nerve tissue in the back of the eye.  There is no cure, but research continues–with funding.  Read more about it by following the links above, and more about Angels for Mark and Markie DeVoe here .

When Do I Need To Let You Know?

A:  The sooner the better.  T-Shirts are being ordered as you read this.  The sooner I know the size requirements the better to guarantee the correct size will be available, and the sooner I can get it to you.

Can We Bring Horns?  Bells? Drum Sets?

A:  Yeah!  Do it!  They sell horns and bells in their store up there, so I assume they’ll have no problem with horns and bells… Probably should leave the drum set at home.

But What If It Rains?

A:  It’s always a concern.  You’ll get the T-Shirt regardless.  You’ll have the ticket which you can exchange per their rain-out policy for another time to go up.

But I Don’t Wanna Go Without You Guys…

A:  Awww.  We can let you know the next time we’re going up.  Perhaps the last two games of the season.  Or there’s the possibility that I can make it up to you with IronPigs tickets.

But I Hafta Work.  How Am I Gonna Get Up There In Time?

A:  Well, if you have your ticket and T-Shirt ahead of time, that will save trying to get there in time to meet me pre-game.  If you need to leave work early I can write you a note…

But I Have More Questions…

A:  OK, please feel free to ask general questions in the comment section.  We’ll have more news forthcoming.  If you have specific questions which include personal information, please feel free to ask them via email:

OK, I’m Ready To Go.  How Soon Can I Pick Up My T-Shirt and Ticket?

A:  The tickets have been purchased and are on the way from Moosic right this minute.  The T-Shirts are in the last portion of the design and order phase and should be ready shortly.  Please get me a T-Shirt size before they go to print so that I can fine-tune the order.  Stay tuned for more information about pick-up.

What Kind of T-Shirts Are They?

A:  Gildan heavy-weight cotton.  I have a couple of them; they’re nice.  It’s not that they run small, exactly, but since I’m old and I like mine roomier, I do advise going a size up because of the heavier weight.  The idea was to create a T-Shirt that you’d be willing to wear more than once.

But I Don’t Wanna Go To A Park Other Than Coca Cola Park.  I Heard That Park is Old and Run Down.

A:  It was.  But, they spent tons of money remodeling and re-opened last season.  It’s really nice.  The outfield area and the video boards are nicer than ours.  There’s a 360-degree concourse to walk around.  There are some interesting concessions.  The people are friendly…(*ahem*)  It’s worth a visit to compare and experience.

How Much is Parking?

A:  FREE!  Parking is free.  How about that?  Most likely, we’ll be in the lot to the left, down in the far, near corner near some rocks and trees.  Look for the NoiseNation Flag until about 15 minutes before first-pitch.

But What If You Run Out of Tickets and T-Shirts?

A:  See, that’s why I’ve got to know now.  Just let me know how many and what size and we’ll figure everything else out later.  There may be some flexibility right up until game time, but at some point we’ll run out of time to print T-Shirts and add tickets.

What About Kids?

A:  What about them?  BRING THEM ALONG!  There’s no difference in the ticket price for the seats; however, I wasn’t planning on ordering a ton of kiddo-size T-Shirts, so let me know sizes right away so that I can get them printed.  They’ve got a play area in the outfield and tons of kid-related stuff, just like all Minor League teams/stadiums these days!


Who Are The Sponsors?

Philly Pretzel (Allentown and Coca Cola Park), Digital Cloud Company ( and Westgate Optical (

Is There Food Included In This Package?

A:  No, although we did consider it.  Rather than spending extra for food vouchers, we decided to let folks experience the park’s concessions individually.  I recommend the BBQ stand near the outfield bar, near our section as well as the pizza place on the third-base side.  The Pizza is “Old Forge-Style.”  Kram Jr recommends the ice cream stand.

Wait, What’s Old Forge Style Pizza?

A:  See, that’s why you need to come along.

Stay tuned for more info, post general questions below, and email me to place your order!  You can also reach me on Twitter: @Kram209  — DM if I follow you.






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The SS Susdorf Sails Away from the Port of Rochester with a Bang; To-Knight, Charlotte in Town

“A gathering of angels appeared above my head
They sang to me this song of hope, and this is what they said
They said come sail away, come sail away
Come sail away with me”



The IronPigs escaped Rochester with a split of their four-game weekend set on the bat of the SS Susdorf.  Professional hitter Steve Susdorf went 3-for-4 with 4 RBI and 1 run scored as the Pigs Sailed Away with a 5-4 win in front of a packed Father’s Day house in Rochester, NY.  Susdorf was a triple short of the cycle in the win.  Greg Smith started the game on the mound, still working on his new delivery.  He allowed 4 runs over 5 innings; however, the last two were left on base and allowed to score as Phillippe Aumont took over.  Aumont’s line looks good–2ip, 2H, 0ER, 0WP–but he earns the “blown save” for allowing the two runs to score after taking over for Smith with no outs in the home sixth.  It’s a difficult spot, to be sure, and the Red Wings did earn the runs via sac fly and a hit; he didn’t give them away and he didn’t walk anyone.  Knigge and Garcia closed it out.  Garcia is still un-scored upon, but did load the bases on a single, double and walk with only one out.  He managed to escape with a 3-pitch strikeout and a fly ball to RF Perkins.

Steve Susdorf is a professional hitter. Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Steve Susdorf is a professional hitter.
Photo: Cheryl Pursell

But Susdorf was the story.  The formerly first-place Red Wings are predictably good when scoring first.  They had a good pitcher on the mound and a 2-0 early lead.  The Pigs’ bats were familiarly quiet.  Maikel Franco worked a walk, and two batters later Susdorf put one over the right field wall.  With a 2-2 tie, it seemed like the whole team started playing a bit better–new life.  And the ship kept sailing.  Susdorf doubled in the sixth, with two outs and Jim Murphy on second to put the Pigs up 3-2.  In the eighth, following a Franco double that scored Perkins and tied the game at 4, Susdorf singled to score Franco and put the Pigs ahead to stay, 5-4.


The Pigs return home now for another 8-game set.  With a losing record at home, and league-worst Charlotte (24-46) on tap, this could be the time to turn things around.  All signs suggest Cody Asche will be in town to continue his rehab which started Friday in Lakewood.  He was 0-for-2 with two walks and a run scored in yesterdays BlueClaws 14-4 loss.  He also had a throwing error.

But beware the weaker teams–The Pigs did take the series in Charlotte 3-1, but coughed up the one game after leading 8-0 early on.  With Columbus on the hogrizon during the second half of this home stand, it’s critical to play hard and get some wins.  The Pigs are currently 34-36:  Two games below .500 and 6.5 games back of first-place Syracuse.  However, as I mentioned yesterday, the Pigs have been facing some really good starting pitchers by the opposition.  The struggling Knights could present an opportunity to get the bats going.  Note the pitching match-ups below:

Monday:  Barry Enright (3-5, 4.86) vs. LHP Eric Surkamp (2-4, 5.46)

Tuesday: Sean O’Sullivan (3-6, 4.09) vs. RHP Erik Johnson (1-4, 6.70)

Wednesday: Brad Lincoln (4-3, 3.64) vs. RHP Dylan Axelrod (3-6, 4.62)

Thursday: Chris Bootcheck (2-3, 4.50) vs. RHP Shawn Hill (2-2, 4.67)

At The Park:

Monday: Glass Mug Giveaway (it doesn’t look like a German Stein to me…)

Tuesday: Cap Giveaway, Special Guest in town (more to come..)

Wednesday: Card Set Giveaway (kiddos)

Thursday: Darin Ruf Garden Gnome

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