The IronPigs dropped the first of a four-game set–“The Battle of the Barnyard”– with Toledo last night. The game was kind of sloppy, and the team a little listless. Tired from golf? Uncomfortable from travel? Dizzy from roster changes? I’m not sure. I’m not about to suggest the team not get a day off once in a while–dudes only get one per month you know. However, today’s another day, and I’m expecting to break up the Friday Night Jinx tonight.
The bats did come back a bit; Gillies, Murphy, Susdorf and Cedeno all had two hits apiece. The listlessness didn’t follow all, either, as Murphy and Brundage got tossed after arguing a clearly incorrect call at first base in the sixth inning. First base umpire Tom Honec blew the call and couldn’t take the heat. Let’s see if he’s behind the plate tonight or tomorrow. I’d suggest we get on this guy, but he doesn’t look old enough to handle it. Best behavior, I reckon.
Tyson Gillies wasn’t listless either. Dude runs everywhere. He made a catch in right-center that was as good as any I’ve seen in my years at The Coke. Pictures below are from Friend-of-the-Nation Steven Kiebach from Reading. Follow him on Twitter @StevenKiebach11 .
In roster news, as mentioned above, news broke late yesterday that David Buchanan would get the call to start for the Phillies in Philadelphia against the Dodgers on Saturday. The Horn and Bell Staff wish “Buck” the best of luck in his debut! Beat reports this morning have Chris Bootcheck joining the IronPigs from the DL to make the Saturday start versus the MudHens. Fellow SWB-RailRiders alum Addison Maruszak had been sent down to Reading following the IronPigs Buffalo trip, and played yesterday morning in the outfield. He then braved the hail and the 222 traffic to find his way to Coca Cola Park for the nightcap! Unfortunately, he didn’t get a hit in either game.
Speculation continues regarding the roster spot which will be needed to make room for Buchanan for Saturday. Could the Phillies DFA Mayberry? Gwynn? Could they option Revere or Ruf (already?)? Further speculation from the beats in Philly this morning suggested a possible Luis Garcia return, Manship outright or (gasp!) Domonic Brown option. It’ll be interesting to see what they do. Always possible somebody goes on the DL, I guess, too, but it seems like we might be getting a player…
One final thing: Here’s hoping Maruszak and Bootcheck can help us get an IronRail. They would be the first players to have two, you know. Here’s a picture from Chris’ Twitter account:
See you at the park,