Pigs Take Finale 3-0 Behind “Hot Rod” Lincoln

…and here I thought he was gonna “drive me to drinkin”….

Lincoln Deals.  Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Lincoln Deals. Photo: Cheryl Pursell

After dropping the first three in Durham, to the first-place Bulls, the ‘Pigs salvaged a winning road trip 5-4 on the near-southern swing through Norfolk and Durham.  Brad Lincoln recovered from two sub-par outings to pitch a gem:  7 innings of 3-hit ball with only 3 walks.  Rosenberg yielded only a hit, and Giles came in to pitch a clean 9th to lock it down.  The runs came in the seventh as Cedeno hit a two-run double and Castro added a sac fly.  Cedeno’s double was a really nice piece of professional hitting:  Lara was clearly trying to work him inside, so Cedeno just dropped the head of the bat and lined one down the third-base line.  Castro’s done well in the lead-off role the past couple days.

The Pigs return home Tuesday to start an eight-game home stand versus the Bats of Louisville.  I’ll try to get a preview up tomorrow in advance of the games, but here are some questions I hope to find the answers to, one way or another:

  1. What’s the health status of Tyson Gillies and Andres Blanco?  Both have missed significant time during the Durham series, and I didn’t get to hear what their injuries were.
  2. Is Ronny Cedeno’s arm OK?  I’m curious why he was pulled from SS, and Maruszak and Henson have seen time there in his stead, in the absence of Blanco.  I perceive him as the better fielder there, so it has me curious.
  3. How does Darin Ruf feel coming back?  Darin had said that he knew he would need significant time to get up to speed for the Show.  I felt like he wasn’t ready yet when he got called up for Lee.  Since he wasn’t tremendously successful in short time in Philly, I’d think he’d be OK with a quick tour and some regular at-bats–he’ll be back up.  Folks on the InterWebs disagree; they think he should be upset.
  4. How will Tyler Knigge do in AAA?  He’s been tremendously successful in Reading, and has more than earned the promotion, IMO.  However, it’s a big step and the stakes are high.
  5. Will anyone get sent down?  Reading lost a couple players today, too, to Clearwater.  They may need a bat and an arm.  I can’t even speculate, as we’re short, too.  I know Shawn Camp is on ice in Florida, so he could come up and stimulate another move, I guess.
  6. Could a couple guys be ready for a rehab?  I’m thinking Cody Asche and Luis Garcia could be ready by the end of the week if they’re healthy enough.


Perhaps the “Beats” can ask my questions for me tomorrow.  At any rate, get ready for a busy June–lotta home games with two 8-game sets and a four.  Stay tuned, more news to come!

See you at the park,


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

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