#IronPigs Transactions 4/15/2014

There’s a bunch of transactions happening due to injuries, the Phillies’ needs, etc.

Following yesterday’s rainout up in Syracuse the Pigs sent out this update:

IronPigs transactions today:

RHP Mike Adams completed his Major League rehab assignment with LHV.

INF Andres Blanco placed on the DL (oblique strain).

C Cameron Rupp placed on the DL (oblique strain).

RHP Mike Nesseth assigned to Reading (AA) from Lehigh Valley.

RHP Justin DeFratus assigned to Lehigh Valley from Philadelphia.

C Sebastian Valle promoted to Lehigh Valley from Reading (AA).

OF Tyson Gillies promoted to Lehigh Valley from Clearwater (A+).

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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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When A Bat Becomes A Weapon

On Sunday afternoon, Ironpigs third baseman Maikel Franco got jammed by an inside fastball.  He swung at the pitch and the bat split in half.  The barrel of the bat spiraled down the third base line while the handle of the bat remained in his hands.   Take a good close look at the splintered  end of the bat in Franco’s hands.  I would imagine the piece soaring towards the Rochester third baseman had to be just as sharp.  If you look close you can see the barrel of the bat ‘flying’ down the third base line.

I remember a few years ago a girl at a Dodgers game got “stabbed” with the sawed off barrel end of a bat.  Wish I knew if Franco’s bat was ash or maple.  I heard that the problems with maple bats had been resolved as best as possible, but this looks dangerous.  This also happened to Franco at third base in the Rochester series as he was unable to throw a runner out at first because he was busy dodging a splintered bat.2014 LV Ironpigs 142 Maikel Franco

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#IronPigs Game Results 4/13/2014 – Rupp Out, Buchanan Up?

Another great day for baseball with the temperature nearing 80 degrees! It was also dog day but don’t tell my pup.. I had to work today and didn’t make the game. Bad for him and me, but the rest of the Noise Nation crew was there so you’ll still get to enjoy great photos from our own Cheryl Pursell.

Noise Nation's own Julie and Max were in attendance!

Noise Nation’s own Julie and Max were in attendance!

The Pigs finally got some payback for Rochester’s 2 run first innings in the past couple games and scored two runs of their own in today’s early bottom of the first!

Clete Thomas walked, Andres Blanco doubled, Thomas scored on a wild pitch and Blanco scored on a Cameron Rupp double! Not all good news though, Rupp went out to field in the 2nd inning and was pulled from the game, presumably for injury. Reports had him back in the Pigs dugout later in the game but then returned to the locker room soon after.

Rupp doubles - Cheryl Pursell

Rupp doubles – Cheryl Pursell

Injury timeout. - Cheryl Pursell

Injury timeout. – Cheryl Pursell

Cameron Rupp - Cheryl Pursell

Cameron Rupp – Cheryl Pursell

IronPig starter David Buchanan pitched a perfect first inning and then was pulled from the game, leaving with a great big smile and that usually only means one thing.. a promotion to the Phillies. Word has it that AJ Burnett will be evaluated by medical staff to determine his availability to start on Wednesday. If Burnett is not ready, look for Buchanan to be moving on up to the Phils for that start.

The Pigs added another run in the 2nd inning combining a Tyler Henson single and Clete Thomas double for a score.

Coming in for relief of Buchanan was Brad Lincoln, who pitched a solid 4 innings allowing only 3 hits, no runs, no walks and struck out 4.

Following Lincoln was Jeremy Horst who pitched the 6th before allowing a run in the 7th. Seth Rosin joined the fun in the 7th with no outs and welcomed the Redwings back into this game pushing the score to 3-2 in favor of the Pigs.

Seth Rosin - Cheryl Pursell

Jeremy Horst – Cheryl Pursell

Pitching Change - Cheryl Pursell

Pitching Change – Cheryl Pursell

Jeremy Horst - Cheryl Pursell

Seth Rosin – Cheryl Pursell

As the Pigs continued their “Bullpen Day”, Hector Neris took the mound for the 8th. Neris provided a bit of excitement but was able to end the inning without any damage.

Hector Neris - Cheryl Pursell

Hector Neris – Cheryl Pursell

Double play in the 8th! - Cheryl Pursell

Double play in the 8th! – Cheryl Pursell

Not much news for the bottom of the 8th other than reports of Andres Blanco wincing in pain and holding his ribcage following his at bat and was replaced by Steve Susdorf in the 9th.

Andres Blanco appears to be in pain following his at bat in the 8th - Cheryl Pursell

Andres Blanco appears to be in pain following his at bat in the 8th – Cheryl Pursell

Neris came on to close out the 9th. After a swinging bunt hit the inning ended on a pop-up, throw down the runner double play!

Final Score Pigs 3, Redwings 2

With the close of this 2014 Opening Home Stand, the Pigs hit the road to face Syracuse tomorrow at 6:00pm. No scheduled starter for the Pigs but they will face Cheifs’ Danny Rosenbaum.

Stay tuned for some first home stand reviews and chatter!

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#IronPig Game Results Game 2 – 4/12/2014

Pigs lost 1-5. It was not interesting at all.

Here’s some Cheryl Pursell photos.

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Ironpigs Game Results Game 1!

The Pigs faced off with the Redwings in game one of the double header today on a beautiful day here in Allentown.

The Redwings jumped out to an early lead but the Pigs tied it up late. Tied at 3-3 going into the 7th inning of the 7 scheduled innings. Memories of Wednesday nights 11 inning game one loomed large.

Reliever Mike Adams on rehab assignment from the Phillies game on to pitch for the Pigs in the 7th. He
allowed a Redwing to reach base, steal second and score the go ahead run on a Rochester double. Koyie Hill made a nice play throwing out the runner at third on a passed ball. A strikeout ended the inning but the damage was done.

The Pigs got some hope with a Blanco one out double. It was not to be..

Final score Pigs 3, Redwings 4

Stay tuned for more stats and game notes in our post of Game 2 later tonight!

All photos by Cheryl Pursell

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Saturday Night’s All Right!

Now that you’ve seen the roster moves today–mostly as predicted–a couple other news and notes.

Roster Notes:  Sad to see Friend go.  I imagine he’ll be back, but with Neris’ success of late, he deserves to be here as well.  As of this moment, the Phillies have not made a corresponding move for Pettibone.

Rehab Notes:  Mike Adams will be doing a rehab tonight.  Rehabbing relievers often get their work in early–don’t be surprised if Adams either starts the first game or appears quickly.  Anything could happen, but that’s what usually happens.

Game Notes:  Doubleheader tonight to make up for the rain out last night.  I didn’t follow my advanced strategies  because (a) I wanted the magnet schedule and (b) I wanted to use my stadium credit.  Otherwise I likely would have stayed home.  Especially when I saw that the lights weren’t on (they did turn them on around 7–looked like there might be a break in the radar there for a minute…)  As Cheryl asked on Twitter:  I wonder if they’ll wear the Friday Blacks for one of the games tonight?  Second game, I’d think…when it’s dark?  Just guessing.   Andy Tracy cup giveaway tonight.  All gates: 4:30PM.

Sunday:  Normal 1:35PM start, and a getaway day for the players.  Should see the Sunday Powder Blues again, along with the new hats.  They do look sharp.  I may debut my Sunday authentic, as well.  Fleece Blanket giveaway.  Also, possibility of POST-GAME TAILGATE.  May gather after the game for some burgers and sausages.  Come say hello, won’t you?  Aiming for back corner of upper lot. Follow Twitter for further updates.  (@Kram209)

SteelHawks Notes:  Congrats to them on the hard-fought victory last night.  Good defense and a veteran QB seem to be the keys for them at this juncture.  Next home game is 4/26.  (conflict with IronPigs for those of us who do both…)

Go Pigs!  Hopefully we can send them up to Syracuse with a few wins.  And hopefully they’ll return from SWB, then, with a few more!

See you at the park,

@Kram209

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