Let’s Play Two

I’m not sure how nice the day will be, but I’m always up for two baseball games–despite the fact that it could mean two losses.  Read on, for more information about today’s games and the rest of the 8-game IronPigs home stand.


Bogusevic.  Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Bogusevic. Photo: Cheryl Pursell


Looking Back

You’ll recall, the ‘Pigs took the first two games up in Buffalo before getting soundly defeated in the third.  In the Friday night home stand opener at Coca Cola Park, Chad Billingsley had a better outing and kept the ‘Pigs in it through five.  Adam Loewen continued with his recent success pitching a scoreless sixth, before Cesar Jimenez and Dustin McGowan pitched batting practice for the Bats in the late innings, leading to another blow-out loss.

The ‘Pigs are 8-6 in their last 14 contests, while the guest Bats have gone 6-10 since June 10.  The ‘Pigs took 2 of 3 in Louisville earlier this season.

The IronPigs are currently second behind Charlotte in average attendance in the International League.


International League Standings

International League North
Club W L PCT GB ELIM # Home Away L 10 Streak
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (NYY) 43 33 .566 19-23 24-10 5-5 L2
Rochester Red Wings (MIN) 37 36 .507 4.5 66 20-16 17-20 5-5 L1
Pawtucket Red Sox (BOS) 37 39 .487 6.0 63 21-19 16-20 5-5 W1
Buffalo Bisons (TOR) 36 39 .480 6.5 63 19-19 17-20 5-5 W2
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (PHI) 29 47 .382 14.0 55 15-24 14-23 5-5 L2
Syracuse Chiefs (WSH) 26 50 .342 17.0 52 15-24 11-26 4-6 L4
International League South
Club W L PCT GB ELIM # Home Away L 10 Streak
Charlotte Knights (CWS) 43 31 .581 26-12 17-19 8-2 W3
Norfolk Tides (BAL) 42 32 .568 1.0 70 20-12 22-20 6-4 W5
Durham Bulls (TB) 40 35 .533 3.5 67 19-17 21-18 2-8 L3
Gwinnett Braves (ATL) 37 37 .500 6.0 65 22-19 15-18 6-4 L1
International League West
Club W L PCT GB ELIM # Home Away L 10 Streak
Indianapolis Indians (PIT) 45 31 .592 24-15 21-16 4-6 W3
Columbus Clippers (CLE) 40 35 .533 4.5 65 22-14 18-21 6-4 W1
Louisville Bats (CIN) 37 38 .493 7.5 62 18-19 19-19 5-5 W2
Toledo Mud Hens (DET) 33 42 .440 11.5 58 15-17 18-25 5-5 L1


Roster Movement

I updated the recent roster moves in my last post.  The important thing to know for today is that the Phillies have taken our game-2 starter, Severino Gonzalez, for their own doubleheader game 2, under the 1-day roster exemption rule.  That leaves the ‘Pigs with 23 on the roster today, for two games.  Jason Berken will start game 1 as planned, and I’m expecting to see Chris Leroux start game 2.  We’ll see.

If you missed the last post, the important players to note are outfield prospect Aaron Altherr and fire-ball reliever Nefi Ogando, who were promoted prior to this home stand.  We also have three catchers on the team, with Forsythe, Moore, and Lino.


Who’s Hot

Chris Leroux has not allowed more than 1 ER in 7 games.  He has a 2.31 ERA over this time: 23.1 IP, 6 ER.

Aaron Altherr had a good showing in Buffalo in his first games as a AAA player.  However, he didn’t look great at the plate Friday night at home.

Blake Forsythe has hit safely in his last 5 games.

Russ Canzler hit .333 on the road trip in Buffalo, including a HR.

Cord Phelps has hit safely in 9 of his last 10 games.

Adam Loewen has a scoreless streak going, up to 9.0 IP in 6 games.  Since returning from Reading, he’s had 17 K in 7.1 IP with just 3 BB!

Jason Berken as a starter is 3-1, 2.45.  In his last 8 games overall, he is 2-2, 1.86.

Who’s Not

Brian Bogusevic has struck out 7 times in the last three games, going 1-for-12.  I hope he’s not counting the minutes until his opt-out, but I wouldn’t blame him.

Cesar Jimenez and Dusin McGowan looked terrible Friday night.

Chad Billingsley looked better Friday, compared with Father’s Day.  However, he’ll need to be better yet if he expects to help the Phillies.  He should start again in a rematch with Yankee’s prospect Severino on Wednesday at Coca Cola Park.

Edgar Duran is still hitting .154–and now can’t even hold down shortstop.


Home Stand

Its already underway with the Bats, and a rainout.  We’ll get the last two in today.  The roster is not loaded with familiar names, but there are some fun ones, like Jumbo Diaz and Josh Satan, err, Satin. OF Yorman Rodriguez is their #10 prospect.

The RailRiders will return tomorrow to continue the IronRail series which they now lead.  Finally, Rochester will come to town for two, headed into the holiday weekend.

Sunday:  Two seven-innings games today starting at 1:05PM.  Popcorn bowl helmets for the kiddos.  No post-game tailgate due to the length of the games.

Monday:  Autograph day–so get there early.  Even so, Aaron Nola is pitching, so don’t count on getting his.

Tuesday:  T-shirt Tuesday is TBA, but I’m assuming it’s for adults this time.  Anthony Vasquez on the mound for the ‘Pigs

Wednesday:  Father’s Day rematch on the mound between rehabbing Chad Billingsley and Yankees’ top prospect Severino.  The Yankees #2 prospect is with the RailFrogs now as well–an outfielder.  Ugly “hump-day” camel jersey auction.  $1 Hot Dogs and $1 pop corn all game long, while supplies last.

Thursday:  Pre-game happy hour.  Fireworks.  Starting pitcher will be interesting as here’s the other spot where the rain and the Sev Gonzalez call-up will bite us.  Watch for roster moves…

Friday:  3-D Mega Fireworks.

Saturday:  No game, as the ‘Pigs will be in Rochester with Aaron Nola on the mound.  “4th on the field” is in it’s second year, where you can go on the field and buy food truck fare and watch super-mega-fireworks after dark.  There is an admission fee, and you will have to pay for parking.



After spending the holiday weekend in Rochester, the ‘Pigs will return home for a mid-week series with Pawtucket, July 7-9.

Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Photo: Cheryl Pursell

See you at the park,


PS:  Late news that Tommy Joseph will convert to 1B.  We’ll talk about that, and Ryne Sandberg, in our next post…



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

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