The IronPigs lost the IronRail trophy last year and General Manager Kurt Landes will have to show up to the Railrider’s game and sing a song in this outfit. No word yet on what that song will be..
The police and firefighters will hold an exhibition softball game prior to the IronPigs contest on Saturday, April 26 beginning at 4PM. In addition, the IronPigs and Red Sox will wear the uniforms pictured here, all to be auctioned off for charity following the game. It appears only the IronPigs jerseys will be autographed. We’ll continue to follow up on that issue–but it sounds like a great deal of fun. And, I imagine if, say, Jimmy Murphy or another ‘Pigs player gets pulled over for a minor traffic violation (real or imagined) they might be able to get out of it by volunteering to play in this softball game. Either that, or I watch too much TV. It’s a great thing, though. Read the entire media announcement below:
IRONPIGS TO HOST ALLENTOWN POLICE VS. FIREFIGHTERS SOFTBALL CONTEST PRIOR TO 4/26 GAME
90-minute Softball Game to Be Followed by IronPigs Game at 6:35 p.m.
(Allentown, Pa.) – The Allentown Police and Fire Departments will square off in a 90-minute softball game at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, as the IronPigs pay tribute to local police, fire and EMS personnel with a very special, promotion-stuffed Heroes Night at Coca-Cola Park. Both the IronPigs and Pawtucket Red Sox will join in on the festivities during their 6:35 p.m. game that night by donning unique specialty jerseys that promote local Police and Fire Departments.
All gates open at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, but fans are reminded that they must have a ticket to the IronPigs-Red Sox game to gain admittance to Coca-Cola Park for the earlier softball contest.
“We truly hope that this becomes an annual tradition at Coca-Cola Park,” exclaimed IronPigs General Manager Kurt Landes. “We owe a great deal of gratitude to local police, fire, EMS and emergency personnel in the Lehigh Valley that keep our community safe.”
The specialty jerseys will be auctioned off during that night’s game with proceeds benefitting Cops ‘n’ Kids Lehigh Valley, the Boys & Girls Club of Allentown and IronPigs Charities.
Heroes Night will also allow fans the opportunity to honor the local police, firefighters, EMS personnel, and military members who serve and protect the Lehigh Valley and the entire nation, in a pre-game on-field ceremony. As part of the Heroes Night activities, the Color Guard ceremony will be performed prior to the game by the Allentown Police.
As an added bonus to all fans in attendance on Heroes Night, there will be a special post-game fireworks show featuring patriotic music presented by Lehigh Carbon Community College.
IronPigs and Red Sox fans can bid on their favorite player’s jerseys from anywhere with the easy-to-use Qtego service that allows fans to place bids, receive notifications when outbid and check the status of their item via text messages on their mobile phones. Fans without texting access can even call in their bid after registering their phone at Coca-Cola Park.
Register your phone from anywhere in the U.S. by texting “Pigs” to 79230. Detailed instructions on how to place your bid will be made available at ironpigsbaseball.com on April 25.
Winning bidders of the IronPigs home jerseys will have the opportunity to go on the field immediately following the game to have their jersey autographed. Please note that the on-field jersey signing will only occur with the home team jerseys. Bidders not in attendance at Coca-Cola Park can either pick up their signed jersey at a later date or have it mailed directly to them.
From Yesterday Afternoon:
For once, it seemed like the bats wouldn’t be a problem. As the hitting lament was being discussed in section 209 last weekend, I remarked that “we” were lucky to have won the 3 (at the time) games that “we” had. Hitting in general, and hitting with men on base had been a problem, but the pitching staff had been relatively solid: starters keeping us close, and relievers keeping us in it–and, picking up the extra innings due to all the rain-outs.
Yesterday, it wasn’t to be. David Buchanan was staked a 4-0 lead in the first inning–even helping himself to an infield single to flip the order. However, he allowed 6 hits and 5 walks to keep the Chiefs alive. It could have been worse, too, as Jimmy Murphy started a 3-6-3 double play to extract him from a first and third situation, and added a solo homer to extend the lead to 5-3 going into the sixth inning. Cesar Jimenez made quick work of the Chiefs in the bottom of the sixth.
Enter Phillipe Aumont. With the ‘Pigs still leading 5-3 in the bottom of the seventh–a save situation–Phillippe quickly struck out the first batter on three pitches. The second batter grounded out to third baseman Maikel Franco. But, the next guy walks on four pitches. Phillippe recovered to get a ground ball, but second baseman Ronny Cedeno couldn’t handle it after getting screened by the umpire. Another walk, and the bases are loaded.
To be fair, he should have been out of that inning. But, that’s baseball. And walks aren’t going to help you–especially the four pitch variety. Add in the reputation factor, as the radio broadcast seemed to indicate that Aumont and Horst following him weren’t getting any help from the home plate umpire.
Horst replaced Aumont with the bases loaded and a two-run lead. A nice move by Brundage I opined on Twitter–last year I think he would have left Phillippe out there to dry. And, perhaps he should have. Horst walked in a run (couldn’t get a call) and allowed another on a wild pitch. Game tied. In the next inning he allowed a triple and a sac fly to lose it.
Tyler Henson had some adventures in left field. Earlier in the game he mis-judged a liner which the TV crew said was right at him, only to have it go over his head for a double. On the triple, Henson attempted to make a diving catch only to have the ball get by him and roll all the way to the wall. He’ll get better as he gets more outfield time.
Franco had a multi-hit game for the first time in AAA. His first hit was of the infield variety–placed to the deep side of SS where no throw could be made. However, his second was a good solid low-liner through the same hole. It’s good to see the good contact from the youngster; we’ll hope to see him build on it today.
Tyson Gillies got the start in center, which I was happy to see. I’m not so worried about the 0-for-5 as I am disappointed to see Clete Thomas on the bench; he’s been one of our most reliable bats. Hopefully they can both get work in games to come.
|Lehigh Valley IronPigs|
|a- Steve Susdorf||PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.107|
2B: Henson (3, Rosenbaum).
HR: Murphy, Ji (1, 7th inning off Garcia, C, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Murphy, Ji 4; Cedeno, R 2; Henson 2; Hill, K; Brignac; Buchanan, D; Susdorf; Franco 2.
RBI: Brignac 2 (4), Hill, K (3), Cedeno, R (3), Murphy, Ji (3).
2-out RBI: Brignac 2; Hill, K; Cedeno, R; Murphy, Ji.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gillies 3; Castro, L.
Team RISP: 5-for-9.
Team LOB: 8.FIELDING
DP: (Murphy, Ji-Brignac-Murphy, Ji).
Pickoffs: Buchanan, D (Goodwin at 1st base).
|a- Josh Johnson||PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jose Lozada||PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200|
2B: Laird (2, Buchanan, D).
3B: Perez, E (1, Horst).
TB: Laird 2; Goodwin; Peterson 2; Perez, E 4; Rhymes; Komatsu.
RBI: Laird 2 (2), Goodwin 2 (3), Burriss (2).
2-out RBI: Goodwin 2; Laird.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Howell; Perez, E; Goodwin; Komatsu 2.
SF: Laird; Burriss.
Team RISP: 2-for-7.
Team LOB: 9.BASERUNNING
PO: Goodwin (1st base by Buchanan, D).FIELDING
E: Burriss (3, fielding).
|Lehigh Valley IronPigs|
|Cesar Jimenez (H, 1)||1.0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.35|
|Phillippe Aumont (H, 1)||0.2||1||2||2||2||1||0||5.40|
|Jeremy Horst (BS, 1)(L, 0-1)||1.1||1||1||1||2||1||0||3.18|
|Christian Garcia (W, 1-0)||2.0||2||1||1||0||3||1||1.29|
|Ryan Mattheus (S, 2)||1.0||0||0||0||1||1||0||4.50|
Pitches-strikes: Buchanan, D 95-58, Jimenez, C 15-9, Aumont 24-11, Horst 32-15, Rosenbaum 93-63, Cedeno, X 7-5, Garcia, C 29-20, Mattheus 12-6.
Groundouts-flyouts: Buchanan, D 7-3, Jimenez, C 2-1, Aumont 1-0, Horst 1-1, Rosenbaum 7-7, Cedeno, X 1-0, Garcia, C 3-0, Mattheus 2-0.
Batters faced: Buchanan, D 24, Jimenez, C 3, Aumont 5, Horst 7, Rosenbaum 27, Cedeno, X 1, Garcia, C 8, Mattheus 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Horst 3-2, Cedeno, X 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Ian Fazio. 1B: Brian De Brauwere. 3B: Chad Whitson.
Weather: 35 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 9 mph, In from CF.
Venue: NBT Bank Stadium.
April 16, 2014
Here are some tidbits from beat reports earlier today:
Cole Hamels: Should make one more rehab start in Clearwater tomorrow (Thursday), and then should be ready to join the Phillies next week in Los Angeles.
Darin Ruf: Starting baseball activities; could be ready for rehab assignment soon.
Ethan Martin: Throwing bullpens; could be ready for rehab assignment soon. The assumption is still that he’ll be coming back as a reliever.
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez: Throwing, but not off the mound as of yet. Still early in the process.
Cameron Rupp and Andres Blanco: They won’t rush oblique strains. Figure on three to four weeks.
Brad Lincoln: Is being stretched out–but more to work on things rather than to become a starter.
Adam Loewen: The pitcher-turned-outfielder was signed by the Phillies and assigned to extended spring training. He played 115 games for New Hampshire last season .269/.358/.439, 15 HR.
Kram, along with the brokerage firm of Drinkem, Many, Beers, is prepared to offer the following market recommendations for relievers at the upper end of the Phillies’ system for the investment term of the 2014 baseball season. Build your portfolio carefully. As always, past performance is no guarantee of future success, and initial offering price (ie contract salary) is irrelevant at this point.
Jonathan Papelbon: HOLD (weak) He needs to learn that he can’t blow a 91mph fastball by hitters like he could when he threw 95-96. But, he’s been there. The moment won’t be too big for him–as long as his teammates don’t kill him first.
Antonio Bastardo: SELL (weak) Confidence is waning in his ability to limit walks and get RH batters out. The firm recommends taking profits now to prevent further loss. A HOLD rating could be justified.
Jake Diekman: BUY (strong) There is some concern in the market that his arm may fall off, if over-use continues. He can’t get sloppy against RH batters (leaving the off-speed stuff up, too many FB in a row). However, we predict excellent future performance.
Mario Hollands: BUY (weak) His stock continues to rise despite questions about his ability to sustain success. He has the confidence of the coaches and the manager. Even if he spends time with the IronPigs, he should be back up with the Phillies when needed.
Mike Adams: SELL (strong) Market watchers weren’t impressed with the way he gacked up the game in Allentown the other day. It takes some careful pitching to have bullpen success with an 88mph fastball. We’re not hopeful. Sell now. Sell it all.
Jeff Manship: HOLD (strong) It’s hard to know exactly what role they want him to fill at this point. He may end up starting games for the IronPigs at some point. He could end up with another team fund if he doesn’t pass through waivers. The recommendation is to hold at this juncture.
BJ Rosenberg: HOLD (strong) His stuff can be filthy and nasty, but not when used three nights in a row. Does play up as a reliever at this point. Sit tight for now.
Phillippe Aumont: BUY (weak) He’s working on some things. Will he get it? Can he sustain it? Unknown. Price is at an all-time low–buy now. But watch carefully and don’t get in over your head. Volatile.
Shawn Camp: BUY (weak) He’s been all but forgotten in the Philadelphia market, it seems. However, the veteran does know how to relieve with the 88mph burner. A good addition to the portfolio in small quantities, at this juncture.
Justin De Fratus: BUY (strong) Pay no attention to the demotion to Lehigh Valley. He’ll be back, and he’ll be key for the success of the Phillies. Buy now. Excellent value. Blue-chip quality.
Luis Garcia: BUY (strong) The Phillies have shown confidence already. He could be a key piece at any time. Buy, buy, buy.
Jeremy Horst: BUY (weak) Has looked strong and consistent lately. He could be a candidate to return to the Majors if needed. Needs to stay healthy. Watch closely. Another volatile offering.
Cesar Jimenez: BUY (weak) A lefty who has the ability to go multiple innings. Worth adding if needed. Has performed well lately. Worthwhile addition in small quantities, for diversification.
Brad Lincoln: HOLD (weak) Currently being stretched out. For what? Outlook is cloudy. Has pitched well recently for the IronPigs. Still has value at this point, but could also be another volatile offering.
Seth Rosin: BUY (strong) Once he settles in and gets regular work, he should continue to improve. Buy now.
Kyle Simon: SELL (weak) Has under-performed thus far. Reducing exposure here could be a good strategy.
Mike Nesseth: SELL (weak) Reduce exposure, but could be a nice position to have in small quantities. Should be back with Lehigh Valley later. Got hit around pretty good, and didn’t get any favors from his defense.
Ken Giles: BUY (weak) Giles’ stock may be over-valued in the Philadelphia market at this time. It continues to rise, so a buy rating remains. However, expect market correction here at some point. He needs to continue to improve command of that 100mph heater, and confidence in his secondary offering(s). The move to AAA or the Majors could incite a sell-off in some markets.
Jay Johnson: BUY (weak) The lefty is undervalued at this point. A good investment. Expect to see him at AAA again this season. We’ll see where he goes from there, though.
Tyler Knigge: HOLD (weak) Under-performing at this point. Outlook is hazy. Monitor your position and limit exposure here.
Brody Colvin: HOLD (weak) The stuff looked good at the 222 game, but command continues to be an issue. Recent word was that he may start some games. Watch carefully.
OTC Stocks: Stock in the following is available at minimal investment. Aggressive investors may wish to risk a portion of their portfolio in shares which stand to appreciate:
Austin Wright, Luis Paulino, Justin Friend, Ethan Martin
Friend can still get guys out at the AA and AAA level. He may trade in another market (read: Independent League) for a while, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s back in affiliated ball quickly. Martin’s stock isn’t trading at all right now, but may be available later this season. An aggressive position there may be rewarding.