Our buddy Steve had already surrendered his Reading tickets to me for Saturday night, well before the news came down that Phillies’ top prospect JP Crawford would be making his AA debut. But it was Nola night, and we’d planned on going anyway. We even gave Steve a chance to take his tickets back…but he had a son playing tonight, and that always trumps the MiLB stuff–does in my house too.
8,010 were on hand for a beautiful night of baseball. Baseballtown had everything ready to go, of course, with a pre-game concert and happy hour and everything.
The Reading team was ahead early behind the Perkins HR to deep left field.
Nola went seven strong, scattering five hits to one run with seven K’s and no walks.
A 3-1 lead felt comfortable going into the top of the eighth. However, fire-baller Nefi Ogando didn’t have the good stuff and was subject to the “Tropicana Strike Zone.” (Fresh Squeezed)
The tie was broken in the bottom of the frame, as catcher Gabriel Lino came through with the necessary sac fly. Here’s some more scenes from our night in Baseballtown:
Not a lot more to tell. Shackleford came in and got the save in the ninth, and we left before the fireworks and the post-game concert. Junior drove and we got home in one piece. The IronPigs won 1-0 in Charlotte, and all is right with the world.
JP will look better once he settles in–not that it will take him long. He didn’t look over-matched at all, of course, just not ready to show the full talents. I’m sure that will come as the summer rolls along. Get yourself down to Baseballtown to see seven of the top ten Phillies’ prospects in action.
Thanks again to Steve, for the tickets, and to Junior for taking over the camera so that I could watch the game without looking through a view-finder.
See you at the park,