IRONPIGS TODAY: “Socked” 5/3/2016

“In football you receive a penalty.
In baseball you make an error.”

-George Carlin

Safe! Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Safe! Photo: Cheryl Pursell

The PawSox improved to 3-0 at Coca Cola Park this season, by getting their bats going versus David Buchanan last night.  It’s practically a major league lineup, and the defense didn’t do Buck any favors with the errors.

They’re back at it tonight, and Jake Thompson will get an opportunity to avenge his home-opener beating by this same PawSox team.


International League North
Syracuse Chiefs (WSH) 14 9 .609 12-4 2-5 14-9 8-2 W5
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (PHI) 12 11 .522 2.0 120 4-5 8-6 12-11 5-5 L1
Pawtucket Red Sox (BOS) 12 12 .500 2.5 119 4-7 8-5 12-12 3-7 W1
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (NYY) 12 13 .480 3.0 118 7-6 5-7 12-13 4-6 L3
Buffalo Bisons (TOR) 11 13 .458 3.5 118 3-5 8-8 11-13 5-5 W1
Rochester Red Wings (MIN) 11 14 .440 4.0 117 7-8 4-6 11-14 5-5 L1

Red-hot Syracuse is streaking, while Scranton is stumbling a bit.  The PawSox climbing thanks to their dominance at The Coke.  IronPigs still in it, and whole division now within four games top to bottom.

  • OF Cameron Perkins extended his hitting streak last night
  • OF/DH Cedric Hunter had himself a game, driving in all three runs with a homer and two doubles.


Today’s Game

Jake Thompson takes the mound versus the PawSox tonight as we begin our fifth turn through the rotation.  Thompson is 1-3 with a 6.16 ERA–not exactly where he wants to be, but part of having young talent is watching it develop.  This will be his second shot at Pawtucket, so we’ll see what impact that has on his outing.

The Red Sox send Eduardo Rodriguez, who is on rehab from the big club.  This is his second start at AAA this round; he lost at Syracuse last time out and sports a 4.91 ERA following that game.  He’s a lefty, so expect to see our RHB in the lineup:  Tommy Joseph, Cam Perkins, Al Marte, maybe Arencibia.

Promotion:  Larry Holmes bobble-head figurine for the first 3,000 adults (18+) on this soggy Tuesday–again an excellent plan from the IronPigs for the early season week-day games.  The sponsor is St Luke’s.  The “Easton Assassin” will  be on hand to throw out the first pitch.

It’s also “hero’s night” as we honor “the local police, firefighters, EMS personnel, and military members who serve and protect the Lehigh Valley and the entire nation.”

First pitch: 7:05

Gates: 5:45

Club: 5:30

Gear Watch:  Only six Star Wars caps left in the store when I checked late in the game yesterday.  Still no sign of the authentic jerseys–I know you can order online and even get them personalized.  I just want to examine them first.  Perhaps I’ll ask tonight–or let me know in the comments if you’ve heard.

Tonight’s cap:  2015 opening night cap (with signed Rich Thompson jersey) as I continue to see how far into the season I can get before I’m forced to repeat a hat.

Weather should cooperate, but it might be a little chilly.


Kram’s Korner

Somewhat disappointing game last night, but this PawSox lineup is difficult to deal with.  We’re going to need to score more runs, but it doesn’t get any easier with an MLB guy on the mound for them tonight.

Little known fact:  The MLB pitcher will have MLB baseballs to throw tonight (the seams are slightly different).  If you catch a foul ball of the bat of the ‘Pigs early on, you’ll see!


Link of the Day

Today’s link of the day comes from our friend Matt Winkleman over at Phillies Minor Thoughts.  Yesterday, he took a look at the issues faced by the Phillies as they prepare to make the number 1 overall pick in the amateur baseball draft this summer:

The #1 Overall Pick and Incomplete Information

See you at the park,


PS: Tomorrow is our first “education day” so be on the lookout for one guy with a bloody mary in his hand when the club gates open at 9AM.

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

6 replies

  1. I really need to meet this ‘one guy’ some day….

  2. Kram– you work to hard! Love the info, that changing balls seems very strange. A my idea how pigs errors went from 4 to 2 last night? Any extra champ bobble heads, save me one– trade for a party that? Miss everyone!!!

    • Official scorer changed the two plays to infield singles, I heard. I’ve got some opinions on “official scorers” but we’ll save that for another time. I didn’t specifically point out the errors for that reason, just the sloppy fielding contributed to Buchanan’s difficult night.

      I’ll try to score an extra bobble for you if I can. Many folks bagging out on me tonight–might be flying solo.

  3. Any idea? Damn typo

  4. Big guy is sitting upstairs– he owes you a beer, he reads column daily

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