The second June eight-game set comes to a close tonight as the ‘Pigs square off against the Clippers for the last time in 2014 at Coca Cola Park. They’ll meet in Columbus in August.
A win tonight will secure a winning homestand, while a loss will drop us to a 4-4 split. The ‘Pigs lost fabulously Saturday night, and dropped a closer one against former ‘Pig Tyler Cloyd yesterday. There were some similarities in the games: There were times when a defensive play could have ended an inning–but an error kept the Clippers alive. They’re a good enough team; you can’t give them 4 or 5 outs per inning. The IronPigs have been a good-fielding team, for the most part, so I think things will work out OK…
….especially since “Hot Rod” Lincoln is on the mound tonight. They guy’s been really good lately, and it’s the perfect time for him to close out a series for us. In addition, the Phillies have a day/night double-header on Saturday, and an extra roster spot to burn therefore–I think a good start tonight gets Lincoln back to the Bigs, even if it’s only for one day. Opportunity is knocking for him.
The ‘Pigs are currently 38-39, fourth place in the IL North. They have lost two straight, but are still 6-4 in the last 10. Syracuse leads the division and has been pulling away a bit opening a 4.5 game lead over second-place Rochester while on an 8-2 run having won 6 straight. They’ve been beating up a suddenly-weaker Durham team, of late. For the ‘Pigs the mission remains the same: Win games, win or tie series, and beat teams that are ahead in the standings. Don’t lose more than 2 in a row and don’t ever drop below 5-5 in the last 10. Follow that recipe and we’ll be right there in the end.
In other roster news, we know about the Gillies release by now. Also yesterday, former Reading pitcher Brody Colvin was released. He was one of the original “Baby Aces” back in the day. BJ Rosenberg was called up to the Phillies after yesterday’s game. Ethan Martin was optioned to the IronPigs to make room. My take on that move is that it is an opportunity for Martin to get some regular work, and BJ has been pitching really well of late. I’ve always said, his (Rosenberg’s) pitches have a certain “violence” to them when he’s going well–excellent movement and difficult to square up.
See you at the park, let me know if you’re ready for your T-Shirt!