Make It Four: IronPigs Win Walk-Off on Education Day #1

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.

Hanzawa With The Winner:  Photo Cheryl Pursell

Hanzawa With The Winner: Photo Cheryl Pursell

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.

Tyson Gillies Takes Off! Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Tyson Gillies Takes Off! Photo: Cheryl Pursell

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.

Clete Thomas  Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Clete Thomas
Photo: Cheryl Pursell

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).

First, Castro.

Nope, not playing I said.

Then, Hill.

Nope.  Not him either.

Henson!

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!

 

Yeah Right! Photo Cheryl Pursell

Yeah Right!
Photo Cheryl Pursell

Enright Brings the Heat, in a Healthy Way-- Photo Cheryl Pursell

Enright Brings the Heat, in a Healthy Way– Photo Cheryl Pursell

The View from the Dugout Suites

The View from the Dugout Suites; Photo Cheryl Pursell

I don't even know, but we were all happy with the walk off!  Photo: Cheryl Pursell

I don’t even know, but we were all happy with the walk off! Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Walk It Off! Photo Cheryl Pursell

Walk It Off!
Photo Cheryl Pursell


Norfolk Tides
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Julio Borbon CF 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .237
Jemile Weeks LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 .296
    Quintin Berry LF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .209
Henry Urrutia RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .239
Brett Wallace DH 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .134
Johnny Monell 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .120
Cord Phelps 3B 3 2 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 .239
David Adams 2B 4 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 .200
Ivan De Jesus SS 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .250
Brian Ward C 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .375
Totals 31 4 5 0 0 1 4 5 9 .224
BATTING
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.
GIDP: Ward.
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).

Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Tyson Gillies CF 4 1 3 1 0 0 1 1 1 .212
Clete Thomas LF 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 .286
Maikel Franco 1B 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .153
Reid Brignac SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .258
Jim Murphy DH 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 .239
Steve Susdorf RF 5 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .264
Matt Tolbert 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .250
Sebastian Valle C 5 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .231
Troy Hanzawa 2B 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 .083
Totals 38 5 15 2 0 0 3 5 6 .230
BATTING
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.
SAC: Brignac.
SF: Hanzawa.
Team RISP: 3-for-17.
Team LOB: 14.BASERUNNING
SB: Gillies (2, 2nd base off Yoon/Ward).FIELDING
DP: (Hanzawa-Brignac-Franco).

Norfolk Tides
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Suk-min Yoon 5.0 8 2 0 2 1 0 6.75
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
Totals 8.2 15 5 3 5 6 0 4.16
Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Barry Enright 5.0 3 4 4 3 5 1 4.79
Brad Lincoln 2.0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0.90
Jeremy Horst 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3.38
Luis Garcia (W, 2-0) 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.00
Totals 9.0 5 4 4 5 9 1 3.43
WP: Brach.
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.
T: 3:01.
Att: 8,245.

 



Categories: CherylPursellsPhotos, Kram's Korner - From the Club Level, Lehigh Valley IronPigs

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