“Set your goals high, and don’t stop until you get there.”
– Bo Jackson
The Pigs won again, this time 3-0, on the bat of Cameron Perkins and the arm of Zach Eflin. The young guys are really contributing to this team, and veterans Ryan Jackson and Taylor Featherston are as well.
Featherston was the only batter with a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4, while Perkins added the long ball. It was the game-deciding 2-run smash to left which occurred after the ill-advised bunt attempt he popped up to the pitcher in the last at-bat. Don’t know if he was trying to bunt for a hit or if he was given the sign, but he’s swinging a hot bat; let’s just let him hit, huh?
Eflin with a gem: 8.0/2H/0R/0BB/5K –Just over the wire, he gets IL Pitcher of the Week!
Prior to yesterday’s game, Sev Gonzalez was returned to Reading. He’s been throwing really well of late, now as a reliever. I’m certain he’ll be back at some point. Our roster is currently 1 short at 24.
…has won two in a row, raising their season record to 4-5 and lifting them out of last place in the International League North–still just 2.5 games out of first place.
“Who’s Hot and Who’s Not”
It’s the third opponent of the home stand, with the Washington Nationals affiliate Syracuse in town. First pitch is at 7:05PM with doors open at 5:45PM (5:30PM Club). It’s the first of our new Monday promotion: All night dollar-dog night! Hot dogs just $1 from doors open until “all game long” sponsored by Berks Foods.
Tonight is Hockey Night (golly, that sounds familiar, but I just can’t place it..) so wear your favorite hockey sweater. As with opening night, expect the IronPigs to have some of the screens about the park tuned to the Flyers playoff game so that you can check in on that action as well.
RHP Mark Appel (1-0, 0.00) is on the mound for the IronPigs tonight to face RHP Austin Voth (0-0, 0.00) who threw 5 scoreless innings of 3-hit ball against Buffalo his first time out.
Also at tonight’s game: Autograph Mondays with Andrew Bailey and David Lough at the table from 6:00-6:20PM. (players subject to change without notice)
UPDATE: David Lough has been selected by Philadelphia and will be in the lineup versus the Mets tonight. He will NOT be at the autograph table. Cedric Hunter will be wearing #21, but it’s not clear if he will be in town tonight. Autograph table replacement TBA.
How am I feeling? Yeah, pretty good. It was a great day yesterday when the IronPigs, Steel FC, and Phantoms all got home wins. I feel like I got my money’s worth and our crew was able to use 6 of the 7 season tickets for the three games in one day. I’m really looking forward to seeing Mark on the mound tonight for the ‘Pigs.
I feel good about the IronPigs. Starting pitching should be a strength, and it has been so far. Some of the young guys are hitting and some of the veterans are too. For those who are not, it will come. Williams got a day off yesterday, so we’ll get him back out there tonight and he’ll get things together, I’m sure. As long as Knapp is playing so well, Arencibia is going to be somewhat part-time, but he’ll hit missiles, I know. Venable gonna Venable. I’m not sure you just forget how to hit a baseball after almost 1,000 MLB games; he’ll be fine one way or another.
For the organization itself, I’m a little worried. I had already predicted a down year for them, so the record box office for the first weekend is surely a good thing. There have been problems, though, and cracks in the armor and some unhappy fans–and I mean long-time fans who aren’t normally unhappy. Sometimes change is good. Sometimes it’s necessary. Sometimes it has bad connotations. But this isn’t the post for that–we’ll let it all play out and have an organized thought in the near future.
Greg Joyce from LehighValleyLive once again earning the “Link of the Day” honor, this time for his story about Carlos Alonso and his broken jaw.
See you at the park,
PS: No special joke today, but those on the secret distribution list should be getting an email shortly about Reading tickets–I’ve got a bunch coming up that I can’t use.