IronPigs vs Syracuse Chiefs: Series Preview

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The IronPigs welcome the Syracuse Chiefs to Coca Cola Park for three week-day games starting tonight.  Here’s what you need to know about the series:

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Maikel Franco gets the day off Monday.  I love his bat--I've got furniture at home like that.  Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Maikel Franco gets the day off Monday. I love his bat; I’ve got furniture at home like that. Photo: Cheryl Pursell

 

Pig Report:  The IronPigs come in 1-3 after grabbing the series finale from the Paw Sox in 16 dramatic innings yesterday afternoon.  Pitching is thin, but guys are starting to hit and earn spots in the lineup.

Syracuse:  The Chiefs opened in Moosic where they split four games with the RailRiders.

Players To Watch

  • IronPigs  2B/3B Cord Nelson is hitting .429 and locking down a spot near the top of the lineup; Tyler Henson is making a similar claim while batting .375 on the short season, including a couple clutch hits in come-from-behind mode in the recent series.
  • Chiefs  Familiar faces on the Syracuse side include catcher Steven Lerud and outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. Perhaps you’ll also recognize names like Cutter Dykstra, Josh Johnson, and Matt den Dekker.
Lerud Photo (c) Cheryl Pursell

Lerud
Photo (c) Cheryl Pursell

Tony Gwynn Jr  Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Tony Gwynn Jr Photo: Cheryl Pursell

 

Pitching Probables

  • Monday  RHP Paul Clemens (6-3, 4.08 in 2014 AAA) vs RHP Bruce Billings (5-5, 5.06 SWB AAA 2014)
  • Tuesday  LHP Joely Rodriguez (0-1, 4.50) vs RHP AJ Cole (0-0, 1.80)
  • Wednesday  RHP Chad Billingsly (0-1, 8.10) vs RHP Taylor Jordan (1-0, 0.00)

*National League affiliate, so the pitchers will bat

 

 

At The Ballpark

  • Monday:  The Phantoms players took BP prior to the ‘Pigs BP on the field.  It’s Charlie Manuel bobble doll night–he’s expected to be in attendance.
  • Manuel Bobble
  • Tuesday:  Jackie Robinson T-Shirt Tuesday.  Martial Arts Night.
  • jackie
  • Wednesday:  10:35AM “Education Day”

 

Weather “Guess”

Monday:  (look outside!)

Tuesday:  62 deg / 0% chance rain

Wednesday:  High 67 / 0% chance rain

 

Fun Facts

  • Chris Nelson, Tyler Henson, and Jordan Danks have all hit safely in every game they’ve played this season
  • Kram owns game-worn IronPigs jerseys from both Lerud and Tony Gwynn, Jr.–although the Lerud one isn’t signed (don’t care), and the Gwynn one was “ghost” signed (kinda care).

If you’re up to it, help me out in the comments, Decal!

See you at the park,

@kram209



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

2 replies

  1. Decal’s been missing in action. Where are you Decal?

  2. Dykstra, den Dekker … Was ist los? … Der Nationalmannschaft der Niederlande???

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