The ‘Pigs swept the Tides in yesterday’s doubleheader to secure the Norfolk series after winning the first three of the five game series. The doubleheader yesterday was played in order to make up for the Friday April 25 game at Coca Cola Park which was rained out.
Sean O’Sullivan started the first game, with Norfolk as the home team. He limited the home team to three hits over six of the seven innings, with Giles to close it out. O’Sullivan probably could have finished it, but Giles was already warming up when the ‘Pigs added some insurance runs. “Let’s Go” Blanco was 2-for-3 with two doubles and 4 RBI. Catcher Koyie Hill ended his recent swoon with two doubles and two runs scored. The final in game one was 7-1.
The ‘Pigs were the home team in the nightcap, with Seth Rosin getting the start. It was his first start since last summer in Reading. He scattered six hits and a walk over his three innings, but didn’t allow a run. Aumont provided two strong innings with three K’s. Rosenberg got back into the action with two quick outs, but yielded a home run, a triple and a walk before closing his inning with a strikeout. Cesar Jimenez came in to shut it down in the seventh. The final was 4-1 ‘Pigs. Henson and Castro had two hits apiece.
Three wins in two days has the ‘Pigs tied with Pawtucket for the most wins in the IL North at 28. In the standings the IronPigs sit 0.5 games back of new leader Syracuse. All six teams are within three games and have 26-28 wins. The key in this division is to avoid losing each series, and to maintain a “last 10” of 5-5 or better. Consistency is the key if this team is going to challenge for a playoff spot. Two more games, tonight and Thursday night, in Norfolk before the ‘Pigs head to first-place Durham. The Bulls are currently on a 7-3 tear.
A small NoiseNation contingent will be in Reading tonight for the “R-Phils” and Trenton. Hoby Milner will go for Reading.
We’ll be monitoring the IronPigs from our seats, for sure. Here’s hoping for no rain.
And remember to keep July 1 open if you can. News to come, very soon.
See you at a park,