Pre-Holiday Home Stand Continues–IronPigs Keep Winning

The Pigs are back at it again tonight, with the weather looking better and everything.  The bull pen has the heavy task of containing the Off-the-rails-riders tonight:

Image Credit:  RailRiders Twitter

Image Credit: RailRiders Twitter

I probably wouldn’t have gone to the game last night, but I was close by.  The RailMonkeys scored 4 runs before I parked my car.  But, I had to eat, so I went in anyway. I even got my free T-Shirt right away so that I wouldn’t have to slow down on egress when the rains came.  Plus Anthony Vasquez was on the mound, so you just knew it was going to get rained out at some point.  I almost left three other times as the evening wore on, but at the end, I was there to witness the come back from a 7-1 deficit for the 12-8 win.  Young guns Gabe Lino and Aaron Altherr seemed to be in the mix during all of the rallies.  Despite our losing team, I’m having fun watching them, and I don’t mind that the IronRail is tied currently.  Consider tonight’s game the “rubber match” of the first half schedule.

camel jersey

Also tonight, the “hump day” camel jersey auction.  I’m not a fan, but we’ll see how the bidding goes.  It’s $1 hot dogs and $1 pop corn all night tonight (while supplies last) so that’s another reason to come out to the park.  Unfortunately for the IronPigs, no starter for tonight as the Phillies decide to keep Adam Morgan in the Bigs for now (well deserved, but still) and rain has us in a dead spot.  Dustin McGowan will take the ball to start and lead the “bull pen” game.  For the RailFrogs, ace prospect and starter Luis Severino was pushed back to tomorrow, so that might help–but it’s less fun for the prospect-watchers.

Aaron Judge.  Photo Cheryl Pursell

Aaron Judge. Photo Cheryl Pursell

OF prospect for the Yankees, Aaron Judge, has begun to do some damage.  He started slowly in AAA with his recent call up, but has been dangerous at the plate and in the field of late.  The ‘Pigs need to be careful with him tonight.

Henson.  Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Henson. Photo: Cheryl Pursell

The “Hen-Dog” is one of our favorites, and he’s been raking it.  He’s been murder with two strikes and two outs and runners in scoring position, but he’s been hitting a ton to the opposite field.  Last night, he finally turned on one, and it went out onto the lawn!  I haven’t been thrilled with his defense at 2B this season, but he hasn’t had a ton of consistent time there, either.  He’s looked good in the outfield corners.

Nola.  Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Nola. Photo: Cheryl Pursell

I’ve noticed Aaron Nola wearing the “BP” cap rather than the regular home blue.  Anyone else?  Perhaps he just prefers the mesh.  I wonder if any other players are mixing and matching the hats–they’re similar.  Observers, let me know.

Altherr with the blast.  Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Altherr with the blast. Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Tommy Joseph leading the cheers.  Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Tommy Joseph leading the cheers. Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Here are some more nice photos from Cheryl.  She had a rain-shortened stint in Philly for Saturday’s game.  Please do not steal these photos; they are not yours.

JC Gutierrez.  Photo: Cheryl Pursell

JC Gutierrez. Photo: Cheryl Pursell

From Philly on Sat.  Photo: Cheryl Pursell

From Philly on Sat. Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Nola.  Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Nola, more with the BP Cap.  Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Nola.  Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Nola. Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Couple other notes:

Still no official news on a Bogey opt-out today.  Wait and see.  As the comment chatter has been recently, there is the possibility he hangs on until after his Pan Am Games trip.

David Buchanan is officially back on the roster and will start for us tomorrow at home versus Rochester.

Frequent reader Nick wants to know what those two numbers are for the starting pitchers in the box score.  It’s the “game score”–a stat I wasn’t familiar with.  Read more HERE.

I’ve got a couple posts on the way which may be a bit dated, but I wanted to weigh in–Ryne Sandberg’s departure from the Phillies and Tommy Joseph’s move to 1B/3B/DH from catcher.  Look for them upcoming, if I can get to it.

On the hockey side, free agents of both NHL and AHL are being signed.  Lots of good info out there, and I’ll try to get something up with links as the Phantom’s roster begins to take shape.

Thanks for reading, and I’ll “See you at the park,”


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

3 replies

  1. Another big game tonight with those SWB Yankee Frog Porcupine Monkey Whatever-The-Bleep-They Ares. I think it is important, if only for psychology’s sake, to take a 5-4 lead halfway through the all-important IronRail Trophy series. By the way, just for the historical record here, rumor has it that Wilhelm Wundt is a monster IronPigs fan.

  2. Excellent result for the IronPigs last night — yet another come-from-behind victory … Outstanding work from the entire IronPigs team to sweep this particular three-game series from the intra-state rivals to the north. The IronRail Trophy series is far from over this year, but I do think it was very important, if only for psychological purposes, to finish the first half of this unique competition with a 5-4 lead over those New York Yankee farmhands.

    Tip of the cap to Tyler Henson, who went an impressive 8 for 15 with 1 HR and 4 RBI in the three-game set with SWB.

  3. Nice come-from-behind win at Rochester on July 4th to keep the highly touted youngster Aaron Nola’s AAA unbeaten streak alive.

    It sure would be nice to see the IronPigs obtain their independence from the dreaded Internatonal League basement once and for all. Lehigh Valley should have a revolution and fight for the freedom & liberty to play .500 baseball all season long, year in and year out. We, the loyal fan base, declare these truths to be self evident.


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