The IronPigs pull to .500, 10-10 on Troy Hanzawa’s walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning today at Coca Cola Park.
Word around the park was that it was the lowest attendance for an education day in years. Upcoming versions should be more crowded, but there were plenty of seats to be had today in the cold and clouds in Allentown. And often, season ticket holders who have to work to pay for tickets can’t make the day games–unless they play hooky like I did.
I remarked early on that starting pitcher Barry Enright was an artist on the outside corner. Perhaps I never really paid that close attention to other pitchers before, as that’s what they’re supposed to do. But after seeing Barry Friday night in Moosic, and again today, I marvel at how he can pound that corner and get strikes and weak contact. Early on this morning, the only hit he gave up–when he got a little too much of the plate–was a laser to right off the bat of Tides 3B Cord Phelps. Things got more interesting in the fifth, though. All of a sudden he wasn’t getting the corner–or was getting too much–and a couple walks and a couple singles became three runs for the Tides, and a 4-2 lead.
The Pigs continue to hit, but not always on time. 14 were left on base today by the home squad. That’s how the Tides kept it close and took a lead. The Pigs were led by Tyson Gillies who was 3 for 4 with a double and a walk. The double was a rising liner to right which missed being a home run by about two feet. Steve Susdorf continues to hit like we know he can; he was 3 for 5 today. Valle, Franco, and Thomas also added three hits. Valle’s three are even more impressive considering he made a couple outs today attempting different types of bunts (!). With two walks, Clete Thomas was on base 4 of 5 times. Even with Gillies surging, you just cannot have Clete out of the lineup.
Kudos to the ‘Pen, too: Lincoln, Horst and Garcia kept the Tides scoreless and gave the ‘Pigs the opportunity to come back. And that they did. Junior was in school on this education day, but had the ability to text me for game updates. He then started to guess who would make the walk-off hit (he was predicting home runs though, as he is want to do).
Nope, not playing I said.
Nope. Not him either.
Sorry Junior. He’s also on the bench.
OK, Miller, he says.
Well, he just struck out with the bases loaded–maybe if we go extras and he gets another shot. Look, Junior, we’ve got Susdorf, Tolbert, Valle, Hanzawa due up in the bottom of the ninth.
“We lost.” he says.
That’s why they play the games, Junior.
Here are some additional Cheryl Pursell Photos, and the box score. See you at the park!
|Ivan De Jesus||SS||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||.250|
HR: Phelps, C (1, 2nd inning off Enright, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Ward; Berry; Adams, D 2; Phelps, C 4.
RBI: Phelps, C (1), Ward (1), Borbon (9), Weeks, J (7).
2-out RBI: Phelps, C.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Urrutia; Adams, D; Monell.
Team RISP: 1-for-8.
Team LOB: 5.BASERUNNING
SB: Monell (1, 2nd base off Lincoln/Valle), Berry (2, 2nd base off Horst/Valle).FIELDING
E: Weeks, J (4, fielding), Monell (1, throw).
Outfield assists: Borbon (Valle at 1st base).
DP: 2 (De Jesus-Monell-Phelps, C, Borbon-De Jesus-Monell).
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2B: Valle (1, Jones, C), Gillies (1, Brach).
TB: Gillies 4; Murphy, Ji; Valle 3; Hanzawa; Tolbert; Susdorf 3; Thomas, C 2; Franco 2.
RBI: Murphy, Ji (5), Gillies (3), Hanzawa (1).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Thomas, C 2; Tolbert; Franco; Gillies; Susdorf; Murphy, Ji 2.
Team RISP: 3-for-17.
Team LOB: 14.BASERUNNING
SB: Gillies (2, 2nd base off Yoon/Ward).FIELDING
|Chris Jones (H, 1)||1.1||3||0||0||0||1||0||2.70|
|Brad Brach (BS, 1)||1.2||3||2||2||2||4||0||3.48|
|Brock Huntzinger (L, 0-2)||0.2||1||1||1||1||0||0||4.97|
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|Luis Garcia (W, 2-0)||1.0||1||0||0||1||0||0||0.00|
IBB: Thomas, C (by Brach), Brignac (by Brach).
Pitches-strikes: Yoon 87-57, Jones, C 19-14, Brach 43-24, Huntzinger 13-7, Enright 82-49, Lincoln 30-14, Horst 15-10, Garcia, Lu 13-8.
Groundouts-flyouts: Yoon 10-2, Jones, C 1-1, Brach 0-0, Huntzinger 1-1, Enright 7-2, Lincoln 0-2, Horst 0-1, Garcia, Lu 2-0.
Batters faced: Yoon 24, Jones, C 7, Brach 10, Huntzinger 4, Enright 21, Lincoln 7, Horst 4, Garcia, Lu 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Brach 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Carlos Torres. 1B: Joey Amaral. 3B: David Soucy.
Weather: 50 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 13 mph, Out to RF.