Trouble With The Curve: ‘Pigs Dump Opener To Charlotte 5-1

Eric "The Curve" Surkamp Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Eric “The Curve” Surkamp
Photo: Cheryl Pursell

LHP Eric Surkamp is good at throwing curve balls.  The IronPigs were not good at hitting them tonight.  Surkamp of the high ERA shut the Pigs down back on May 8 as well–so it’s not like we didn’t know what was coming.  OK, so didn’t know what was coming.  I’ve got to do better research.  Anyway, I’d estimate that 75% of Surkamp’s pitches tonight were curves in the 74-79 MPH range.  They had both vertical and horizontal movement which I could appreciate from all the way up in the 209.  The key was that he could command it tonight–and throw it for strikes.  Some of the IronPigs hitters attempted to just lay off the pitch and wait for a cutter or slider to hit.  Often, it didn’t work, as they would end up in 0-2 and 1-2 counts.  Other Pigs hitters attempted to go up there hacking at everything.  That didn’t work either.

And speaking of the 209, Barry Enright actually had a reasonable night when all was said and done.  7 innings pitched with only 3 earned runs is quality in my book.  However, those three were all solo homers in the visitor fourth.  It was a little tough to take. Ultimately, it was a good outing for the righty. There was also a fourth run scored unearned on a Rupp throwing error during Enright’s tenure.

Maikel Franco was the only IronPig with multiple hits.  He had a little nubber single early on, then a cranked double in the ninth which I heard on the radio on the way home.

On a lighter note, I did catch a foul ball tonight.  Well, didn’t so much catch it as deflect it to myself while acquiring a minor flesh wound and NOT dropping my phone or beer.  I gave it to a kid in my row.  If I would have caught it clean I would have kept it.  Junior was off socializing and wasn’t involved in the play.


But, tomorrow’s another day.  Cody Asche will be in the lineup and should play the whole game at third base.  (Pause here while I do proper research on the projected starter lest I get my hopes up again…)  Erik “Cliffs of Dover” Johnson will go for the Knights.  He’s only had three good games all season and sports a 6.70 ERA.  He’s been pounded.  Of course, one of those three good games was against the ‘Pigs back on 5/7.  The ‘Pigs won the game 3-2 in 11 innings that day, on a Brignac (sound familiar?) HR.  Former IronPig David Purcey gave it up.  Tyler Henson was the only player with multiple hits in the game.  Tyson Gillies had a double and an RBI.

Potential Pitching Problems

Sean O’Sullivan is up in the IronPigs rotation tomorrow, however, the MiLB currently has the ‘Pigs with TBA to start.  If he can’t go, I would guess Cesar Jimenez or Shawn Camp might get the call.  Jimenez has been effective in this type of situation before.  I suppose they could also bring Loewen in from Reading (it’s his turn) if they want to see what they have with him.  If they brought Biddle, he’d be on short rest–probably not smart.

Special Guest

IronPigs fans, please welcome Baseball Betsy and Baseball Ross to Coca Cola Park tomorrow.  As far as I’m concerned, they are Phillies’ Blog Royalty–a prime source of information and observation out of Clearwater, for the Threshers, Spring Training, and GCL/Rookie stuff.  And, as far as I can tell, just great folks, as well.  Check out the blog links above and say ‘hello’ to them should you see them around tomorrow.

See you at the park,


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

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