“No Time for Losers, ‘Cause…”

Within minutes of each other, the SteelHawks and IronPigs won close games to remain undefeated.

Lefty O-Lineman and Center Darryl Kurtz, a Bloomsburg product, signs for a young fan.  Photo: Dan

Lefty O-Lineman and Center Darryl Kurtz, a Bloomsburg product, signs for a young fan. Photo: Dan

 

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:

  1. The defense is crazy-good.  We’ve not seen IFL defense like this before.  And they hit HARD.
  2. 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.
  3. No lead is safe in arena football.  None. Ever.
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. The ‘Hawks are now 4-0 and sit atop the National Conference standings.  Difficult games lay ahead.

"Valle Con Dios, My Catcher"  or, something like that.  Sebastian Valle photo by Cheryl Pursell

“Valle Con Dios, My Catcher” or, something like that. Sebastian Valle photo by Cheryl Pursell

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:

  1. Buchanan had one walk.  The relievers none.  Good things can happen when you don’t give out base-runners for free.
  2. 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.
  3. Jim Murphy saw his hitting streak come to an end, but young Maikel Franco continues to improve–adding a double last evening.
  4. 2B Matt Tolbert went 2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base.
  5. 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.
  6. Charlotte has a brand new stadium.  It looks gorgeous.  I hope to tune in on MiLB.tv to catch a glimpse.
  7. No fielding errors or bad throws, but Valle did register an error on catcher interference.
  8. 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.
  9. 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


1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Lehigh Valley
(14-14)
0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 1
Gwinnett
(15-13)
0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 9 0
W:

 

Buchanan, D (4-0, 3.12) ;

 

L:

 

Rodriguez (3-3, 2.73) ;

 

SV:

 

Garcia, Lu (5)
HR:

 

LHV:

 

Valle (1) .
Game Story:

 

Lehigh Valley

 | 

Gwinnett

 

Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Clete Thomas CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .265
Tyler Henson LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .264
Maikel Franco 3B 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 .208
Jim Murphy 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .255
Leandro Castro RF 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .197
Sebastian Valle C 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 1 .227
Matt Tolbert 2B 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .267
Ronny Cedeno SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .130
David Buchanan P 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .250
    a- Steve Susdorf PH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .243
    Cesar Jimenez P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    Justin De Fratus P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    Luis Garcia P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 29 2 4 2 0 1 2 5 6 .236
a-Walked for Buchanan, D in the 7th.
BATTING
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.
SAC: Henson.
GIDP: Thomas, C.
Team RISP: 0-for-5.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
SB: Tolbert (1, 2nd base off Severino/Lerud).

FIELDING
E: Valle (1, catcher interference).

Gwinnett Braves
Player Pos AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG
Todd Cunningham CF 5 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .308
Philip Gosselin 3B 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .315
Tommy La Stella 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .316
Joey Terdoslavich LF 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 .327
Mark Hamilton 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 .273
Sean Kazmar SS 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .343
Derrick Mitchell RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .176
Steven Lerud C 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 .194
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
    Atahualpa Severino P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    Mark Lamm P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
    b- Edward Salcedo PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .202
Totals 35 1 9 1 0 0 1 1 10 .275
a-Struck out for Rodriguez in the 6th. b-Flied out for Lamm in the 9th.
BATTING
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.
SAC: Kazmar.
Team RISP: 1-for-6.
Team LOB: 10.

FIELDING
DP: (La Stella-Kazmar-Hamilton, M).

Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
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
Totals 9.0 9 1 1 1 10 0 3.63
Gwinnett Braves
Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hector Daniel Rodriguez (L, 3-3) 6.0 3 2 2 3 3 1 2.73
Atahualpa Severino 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 2.03
Mark Lamm 2.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 2.65
Totals 9.0 4 2 2 5 6 1 4.11
Pitches-strikes: Buchanan, D 107-74, Jimenez, C 16-11, De Fratus 6-4, Garcia, Lu 18-13, Rodriguez 95-58, Severino 24-14, Lamm 30-22.
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.
T: 2:57.
Att: 7,872.
Venue: Coolray Field.


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

2 replies

  1. I was at the SteelHawks game for the first time with my wife, my daughter, son-in-law and grandson. You’re right, it’s a blast and more people should realize what fun it is and come out to support the team! They really do have a great defensive squad, and players afterwards promised us an even better offense if we came back to see more games. (Cheap pizza if they score 50 points!)

    We had a good night for first-time fans, too. I caught a “rubber” buffalo, and my wife caught a t-shirt that immediately went to Ian, who will be three years old next month. The best, though, was when a football came into the stands, skipped off the hands of a fan below us and landed right in my wife’s lap. Of course I confiscated it immediately! It now has a lot of SteelHawks’ autographs, led by Adam Bednarik’s. Ian and I will have lots of fun playing with it when he comes over to visit this summer.

    Incidentally, I was happy to see the Noise Nation such an integral part of the festivities! In addition to the nice ad in the programs, NN has a prominent stand inside the gates, selling 50/50 tickets and handing out various brochures, and even has its logo on the game footballs!! The SteelHawks went out of their way to make it known that Noise Nation was a partner in their enterprise! (If only the IronPigs treated them this well. Sigh.).

    Thanks for covering their games so far, guys. You finally got me there and for that I’m grateful!

  2. Great to see you there Jim. I’ve always said come on out, try it you might like it!! This is where I’ve been hiding…lol!!! The Steelhawks have really been good to NN and to the fans and sponsers plus I enjoy running around the field with the flag. Hopefully more come out to see this team play! They REALLY are awesome!!

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