Within minutes of each other, the SteelHawks and IronPigs won close games to remain undefeated.
The SteelHawks were up by a couple scores. But we knew it wasn’t over. I tweeted as much–told them to get more points. Alas, an interception and a blocked field goal made the game close. The highly regarded–and rightfully so–Hawks defense saved the day for a 36-30 victory. As the lead melted away, I said to Dan, “They’re going to lose this, aren’t they?”
His reply, “Have you not BEEN to a SteelHawks game before?”
Here are the take-home points from yesterday’s game:
- The defense is crazy-good. We’ve not seen IFL defense like this before. And they hit HARD.
- Those extra points and Unos add up. Especially for a defensive team. He wasn’t perfect yesterday, but it is nice to have one of the better kickers in Michael Barnard.
- No lead is safe in arena football. None. Ever.
- There was a good crowd there, but we could use more. Nothing helps a good defensive team like rousing fan support! Just ask the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks, right Dan?
- Adam Bednarik knows how to play winning footall. Need a bunch of TD passes? Fine. Need to run the ball and get the tough yards? He can do that too. He was on the run all night last night, but made the plays necessary to win.
- The ‘Hawks are now 4-0 and sit atop the National Conference standings. Difficult games lay ahead.
I had been following the IronPigs game on my phone periodically during the football game. We even went outside to listen to it during half-time. The Pigs were staked to a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning on a Leandro Castro walk followed by a Sebastian Valle home run. The ‘Pigs pitching made it hold up. David Buchanan allowed one run over his six innings. It came in the sixth, I imagine as he was beginning to tire: he threw 107 pitches on the evening. He did finish the inning, though. Cesar Jimenez pitched a scoreless seventh, and began the eighth. With one out and one on, Justin De Fratus completed the clean frame. Luis “The Barber” Garcia closed it out in the ninth. We were able to hear the radio call of the IronPigs game on our way home from the SteelHawks. Good times.
Take-home points from the IronPigs:
- Buchanan had one walk. The relievers none. Good things can happen when you don’t give out base-runners for free.
- The Pigs are now 3-0 (undefeated) on the trip, and look to close out a sweep at 2:05 this afternoon behind “ace” Greg Smith.
- Jim Murphy saw his hitting streak come to an end, but young Maikel Franco continues to improve–adding a double last evening.
- 2B Matt Tolbert went 2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base.
- The Pigs are banged up: Rosenberg remains on the DL with a concussion, Gillies is out temporarily with a shoulder, and Steve Susdorf can only bat, not field, due to a minor injury. No replacements have been mentioned, so it will be important for the guys to play, play well, and stay healthy as their road trip moves on the Charlotte tomorrow.
- Charlotte has a brand new stadium. It looks gorgeous. I hope to tune in on MiLB.tv to catch a glimpse.
- No fielding errors or bad throws, but Valle did register an error on catcher interference.
- Old friends Derrick Mitchell and Steven Lerud played in the game for Gwinnett. Derrick went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts while playing CF. Steven went 1-for-4 with the RBI and three strikeouts.
- The Pigs begin today back at .500, 14-14. They sit in fourth place in the IL North, 3.0 games back of leader Buffalo (who just lost their best pitcher to call-up…)
The Box score follows. See you in Reading tomorrow? Maybe… @Kram209
|Lehigh Valley IronPigs|
|a- Steve Susdorf||PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||.243|
|Justin De Fratus||P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Franco (7, Rodriguez), Tolbert (1, Rodriguez).
HR: Valle (1, 4th inning off Rodriguez, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Valle 4; Tolbert 3; Franco 2.
RBI: Valle 2 (6).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Murphy, Ji 2; Buchanan, D.
GIDP: Thomas, C.
Team RISP: 0-for-5.
Team LOB: 6.
SB: Tolbert (1, 2nd base off Severino/Lerud).
E: Valle (1, catcher interference).
|Tommy La Stella||2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||.316|
|Hector Daniel Rodriguez||P||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jose Yepez||PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||.167|
|b- Edward Salcedo||PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.202|
2B: Terdoslavich (7, Buchanan, D).
TB: Lerud; Kazmar; Cunningham, T 3; Gosselin 2; Terdoslavich 3.
RBI: Lerud (3).
2-out RBI: Lerud.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Terdoslavich; La Stella 2; Yepez.
Team RISP: 1-for-6.
Team LOB: 10.
DP: (La Stella-Kazmar-Hamilton, M).
|Lehigh Valley IronPigs|
|David Buchanan (W, 4-0)||6.0||7||1||1||1||6||0||3.12|
|Cesar Jimenez (H, 3)||1.1||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.93|
|Justin De Fratus (H, 3)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||4.05|
|Luis Garcia (S, 5)||1.0||1||0||0||0||2||0||0.00|
|Hector Daniel Rodriguez (L, 3-3)||6.0||3||2||2||3||3||1||2.73|
Groundouts-flyouts: Buchanan, D 5-4, Jimenez, C 2-1, De Fratus 0-1, Garcia, Lu 0-1, Rodriguez 4-5, Severino 1-0, Lamm 2-2.
Batters faced: Buchanan, D 27, Jimenez, C 5, De Fratus 2, Garcia, Lu 4, Rodriguez 24, Severino 4, Lamm 7.
Inherited runners-scored: De Fratus 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Ben May. 1B: Jon Saphire. 3B: Joseph Born.
Weather: 73 degrees, clear.
Wind: 12 mph, Out to LF.
Venue: Coolray Field.