The ‘Pigs avoided the sweep by the Bats last night, with a masterful performance by Sean O’Sullivan. The final score was 7-2. I forget sometimes that Sean has 37 MLB starts over four seasons in the bigs. I tend to think of him as the guy who lost out to Manship for a spot with the Phillies–or the guy who’s the brother of Reading’s Ryan… But the line last night: 7 innings, 5 hits, 1 walk, 1 ER, 1 K against a team that had been blistering our pitching the whole series: Outstanding!
And we should mention that he’s pretty handy with the bat, as well: 1/1, 2 BB, 2 RBI in the 7-2 IronPigs win. Matt mentioned on the radio broadcast that O’Sullivan has a .350s MiLB lifetime batting average! Helps the cause, it does.
A lot of timely hitting last night, and the gift of 10 BB by Louisville pitchers, paced the IronPigs attack. Cameron Rupp getting hot again, went 2/3 with a BB and a run scored. One of those hits was a beautiful bunt down the third base line to load the bases!
It was good to see Blanco back! “Let’s Go” had one hit and one walk in four plate appearances. He scored a run and had the big RBI. His play in the field was, as usual, stellar. A guy behind me was displeased with his effort on a play late in the game which could have been a double-play. However, given Andres’ balky hammy, it’s just as well he doesn’t kill himself while we’re up 5 or 6 runs with two outs late in the game.
At any rate, it was the first win on a Friday at home, in the new black unis. Hopefully our weekend record improves! (Not to mention our home record, with so many games in June…)
Out of the Frying Pan…
After dropping three of four to the Bats, in comes the Indianapolis Indians–first place in the west and tied for second best record in the International League. They are led by top prospect Gegory Polanco. The 22yo OF from the Dominican is the #10 prospect in all of baseball, and the top prospect in the Pirates’ system. He should be starting in RF for the Pirates momentarily–we’re lucky to see him as he won’t be in the minors much longer. In fact, rumors earlier in the week were that he’d get the call up this weekend, so you’re never quite sure.
Saturday: RHP Brad Lincoln (2-3, 4.75) vs RHP Vance Worely (2-2, 4.74)
Sunday: RHP Chris Bootcheck (2-1, 2.37) vs RHP Jake Bingham (2-4, 3.32)
Monday: LHP Greg Smith (4-4, 4.01) vs RHP Jay Jackson (3-1, 4.95)
Tuesday: RHP Barry Enright (3-4, 4.77) vs LHP Adam Wilk (3-5, 4.85)
At The Park:
Saturday: (6:35 First Pitch)
That’s right, the return of Vance Worley. Looking at the records and ERAs, is he the same pitcher as Brad Lincoln right now? Anyway, Charlie Manuel and a couple other Phillie favorites will be on hand tonight for autographs. Darren “Dutch” Daulton and Tommy Greene are the others. The session will last from when the gates open at 5:15 until 6:15. Charlie will throw out a first pitch. I expect a Tiki Party following the game, although no official announcement has been noted. Monitor Twitter and the PA announcements during the game.
Sunday: (1:35 First Pitch)
It’s Ferrous’ birthday, and all kids (First 2,000 17 and under) will receive a Cameron Rupp OYO (think: LEGO) figurine! Post-game tailgate in “Joe’s Corner”–watch Twitter for details.
Monday: (7:05 First Pitch)
Cesar Hernandez Bobble Doll sponsored by Coca Cola. Get there early.
Tuesday: (7:05 First Pitch)
BBQ Set Giveaway sponsored by Air Products. (3,000 18+)
Pig Stop Menu:
Saturday: Pork Slider Trio (italian, buffalo, cajun)
Sunday: Fajita Bar
Monday: Taco Bar
Important note about Tyson Gillies, as pointed out by frequent commenter R.D.: The roster move involving Tyson was a procedural move to remove him from the 40-man roster. It may impact his salary slightly, and he did have to pass through waivers, but he didn’t lose his job or “get cut from the team.” Hopefully, his leg feels better and he can get back to “greased lightning.”
Jay Johnson, LHP who started the year in the IronPigs’ bullpen, was released from Reading today. He pitched fairly well for us last season, and I had high hopes that he’d be a “poor-man’s” Jake Diekman (He doesn’t throw as hard, but does have that 3/4 left-hand delivery out of the ‘pen). He hasn’t been effective this season, though, so I hope he’s healthy and we wish him well.
Still no news on the Cesar Jimenez DFA at this juncture. Stay tuned for his roster status as he passes through waivers and makes a free-agency decision.
See you at the park,
Blanco play, by Steven Kiebach: