“A gathering of angels appeared above my head
They sang to me this song of hope, and this is what they said
They said come sail away, come sail away
Come sail away with me”
The IronPigs escaped Rochester with a split of their four-game weekend set on the bat of the SS Susdorf. Professional hitter Steve Susdorf went 3-for-4 with 4 RBI and 1 run scored as the Pigs Sailed Away with a 5-4 win in front of a packed Father’s Day house in Rochester, NY. Susdorf was a triple short of the cycle in the win. Greg Smith started the game on the mound, still working on his new delivery. He allowed 4 runs over 5 innings; however, the last two were left on base and allowed to score as Phillippe Aumont took over. Aumont’s line looks good–2ip, 2H, 0ER, 0WP–but he earns the “blown save” for allowing the two runs to score after taking over for Smith with no outs in the home sixth. It’s a difficult spot, to be sure, and the Red Wings did earn the runs via sac fly and a hit; he didn’t give them away and he didn’t walk anyone. Knigge and Garcia closed it out. Garcia is still un-scored upon, but did load the bases on a single, double and walk with only one out. He managed to escape with a 3-pitch strikeout and a fly ball to RF Perkins.
But Susdorf was the story. The formerly first-place Red Wings are predictably good when scoring first. They had a good pitcher on the mound and a 2-0 early lead. The Pigs’ bats were familiarly quiet. Maikel Franco worked a walk, and two batters later Susdorf put one over the right field wall. With a 2-2 tie, it seemed like the whole team started playing a bit better–new life. And the ship kept sailing. Susdorf doubled in the sixth, with two outs and Jim Murphy on second to put the Pigs up 3-2. In the eighth, following a Franco double that scored Perkins and tied the game at 4, Susdorf singled to score Franco and put the Pigs ahead to stay, 5-4.
The Pigs return home now for another 8-game set. With a losing record at home, and league-worst Charlotte (24-46) on tap, this could be the time to turn things around. All signs suggest Cody Asche will be in town to continue his rehab which started Friday in Lakewood. He was 0-for-2 with two walks and a run scored in yesterdays BlueClaws 14-4 loss. He also had a throwing error.
But beware the weaker teams–The Pigs did take the series in Charlotte 3-1, but coughed up the one game after leading 8-0 early on. With Columbus on the hogrizon during the second half of this home stand, it’s critical to play hard and get some wins. The Pigs are currently 34-36: Two games below .500 and 6.5 games back of first-place Syracuse. However, as I mentioned yesterday, the Pigs have been facing some really good starting pitchers by the opposition. The struggling Knights could present an opportunity to get the bats going. Note the pitching match-ups below:
Monday: Barry Enright (3-5, 4.86) vs. LHP Eric Surkamp (2-4, 5.46)
Tuesday: Sean O’Sullivan (3-6, 4.09) vs. RHP Erik Johnson (1-4, 6.70)
Wednesday: Brad Lincoln (4-3, 3.64) vs. RHP Dylan Axelrod (3-6, 4.62)
Thursday: Chris Bootcheck (2-3, 4.50) vs. RHP Shawn Hill (2-2, 4.67)
At The Park:
Monday: Glass Mug Giveaway (it doesn’t look like a German Stein to me…)
Tuesday: Cap Giveaway, Special Guest in town (more to come..)
Wednesday: Card Set Giveaway (kiddos)
Thursday: Darin Ruf Garden Gnome