Holy Toledo! ‘Pigs Return from Buffalo with Split, Face MudHens

Barry Enright, this spring Photo (c) Cheryl Pursell

Barry Enright, this spring
Photo (c) Cheryl Pursell

Barry Enright, pride of section 209, got the win Tuesday afternoon scattering 5 hits over five innings to go with 3 BB.  He allowed only 2 runs, though.  Jimenez and Giles held down the fort, dodging a hit and a couple walks to hold onto the 3-2 win for the good guys.  It was Giles’ first AAA save.

The three runs came courtesy of Jim Murphy–who also homered Saturday night for the win–who went all “Earl Weaver” on the Bisons with Darin Ruf and Steve Susdorf on base.  The ‘Pigs had runners in other innings off uber-prospect Marcus Stroman and closer Korecky, but couldn’t get them across the plate.

The ‘Pigs had Wednesday off–their only day off in the month of May–before starting a four-game week-end set with guests Toledo.  Many Pigs will be participated in the annual “Hackers and Homers” charity golf tournament.  Surely, having Enright pitch so that he was be tired for golf was the strategy of some of his “teammates”…

The Team

As of this writing, the IronPigs arrive back in Allentown sitting in second place in the IL North, 0.5 games behind leader Buffalo.  However, only 1.5 games separate first and last place, and by the conclusion of tonight’s games and tomorrow’s, the IronPigs could find themselves a bit lower in the standings.  No matter, they are 24-21 after the split with first-place Buffalo and are 7-3 over their last 10.  In comes Toledo, 20-26, in last place in the West, and 5-5 over their past 10.  Names you’ll recognize with Toledo are old friend Troy Hanzawa, hoClme run king Mike Hessman, 1B Jordan Lennerton, and brief Phillie OF Ezequiel Carrera.

The Players

As mentioned above, Jim Murphy has found the power stroke–he had the winning home run on both Saturday and Tuesday.  Ronny Cedeno has hit safely in his last eight games, and 12 of his last 13.  Steve Susdorf has hit safely in 9 of his last 10 games, and is batting .351 in his last 32 games, good enough for 3rd best in the IL over that time.  Andres Blanco has hit safely in all 5 games since missing 28 games with the oblique injury.  Tyson Gillies has hit safely in 10 of his last 14 games (.286).  Cesar Jimenez is unscored upon in his last 11 games.  Maikel Franco is batting .307 in May.

Darin Ruf was recalled by Philadelphia yesterday, to take Cliff Lee’s spot on the 25-man roster.  After much jocularity on the interwebs about Darin pitching, it is obviouse that they’ll need a starter for Cliff for this weekend.  Other moves are imminent.  Addison Maruczak was sent to Reading.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see the infielder back at some point, but he may be a bit rusty at this point in the season.

This leave the ‘Pigs two players short on the roster, an infielder and an outfielder.  When a pitcher goes up for the weekend (Buchanan? Smith? Jimenez?) I’d expect an outfielder back.  Could be Ruf, or could be Mayberry or Gwynn.  It does appear that Ben Revere has an option, and he’s being used less and less on the MLB team.  Byrd, Mayberry and Gwynn can all play CF if Revere gets sent down.

Jon Pettibone has a small tear in his shoulder.  He’s due to get an injection (one source says PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma, for healing) another says Cortisone (anti-inflammatory).  At any rate, he’ll be shut down until May 31, then begin a throwing program.

Shawn Camp has been re-signed, and could be added to the IronPigs in one of those open roster spots.  I have read speculation that he could be stretched out to start.  We’ll see.


At the Park

Three nights of fireworks, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, are the main attraction heading into Memorial Day weekend.

Thursday is also Jewish Heritage Night and Ladies Night Happy Hour.  Jewish Heritage Night was to feature a hat with Hebrew lettering and a kosher food stand.  More details as the become available, although it doesn’t appear that the “jewish hat” is a full giveaway item.  As of this writing, the new “Ferrous Fries and FeFe FunnelCakes” stand is set to debut Thursday night out by the Blast Furnace Grill.  We’ll have a full review, upcoming.

Friday night is the black pajamas for the black out, as per usual.  I don’t think those unis have won, either (the bacon ones have not).

Saturday night is the Miracle League game and Jersey Auction, followed by fireworks and the first Tiki Party of the season, if we’re lucky.

Sunday is a Camo Cap giveaway (3,000 – 18+) for the 1:35PM start.  Look for details of a post-game tailgate as well, upcoming.

Projected starters (could change with call up imminent): Thu: O’Sullivan, Fri: Lincoln, Sat: Buchanan, Sun: Smith.

Pig Stop Menu:

Thursday: Dirty Dog

Friday: Pulled Pork Sliders

Saturday: Piggy Panini

Sunday: Triple Threat Sausage Sandwich



Starter Confidence Ratings

How I feel knowing each guy is starting, along with trends.  Use this guide to predict who will fill in for Cliff Lee.  Or, Jimenez could go up and Manship move to spot starter…

David Buchanan: 85 (stock falling).  I know it’s his non-throwing shoulder.  I know it was only one bad start.  But sometimes things just don’t feel right.  I hope he’s OK, and look for his stock to rise with another good start.

Greg Smith: 85 (stock steady).  Could rise as high as 90 with his next start.  Pitches better at home.

Barry Enright: 75 (stock rising).  He flirts with disaster sometimes–lives on the corners.  But lately the stuff is working and the ‘pen is helping him out.  Two straight wins and a complete game to boot.

Sean O’Sullivan: 78 (stock steady).  He’s had some good outings, and been unlucky a few times.  Overall solid.

Brad Lincoln: 80 (stock volatile).  It’s seems he’s done well filling in for the injured Jon Pettibone.  However, the sample is small, and the feeling is that he’s best suited to return to the bullpen when another starter is ready.

Other future starters include Shawn Camp, who was just re-signed, and Chris Bootcheck who threw 90 pitches in 6 innings this week as he recovers from a finger injury.  With June 1 quickly approaching, could it be time for Jesse Biddle to get a new challenge?  I’ve got to think Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez needs to go through Reading before he gets to Lehigh Valley; he’s currently finding his range in the Clearwater rotation.

See you at the park,




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

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