“OK, we won a game yesterday. If we win today, it’s called ‘two in a row’. And if we win tomorrow, it’s called a ‘winning streak’…It has happened before!”
-Lou Brown “Major League II”
The IronPigs return from a season-long 9-game road swing, which took them first to Moosic, and then to Ohio. Here’s a quick recap, and where they stand now:
LOST: @SWB 7-8; Eflin ND; ToJo 2-4; Stassi 2-3 HR
WON: @SWB 5-4; Buchanan W; ToJo 2-3 HR; Nina 2-3 HR
LOST: @Columbus 0-2; Russell started with threat of rain. Only 4 hits.
LOST: @Columbus 1-7; Thompson L, 0 ER; Featherston 2-4 HR; Williams 2-3
LOST: @Columbus 2-10; Appel L, 6R, 3ER. Featherston 3 errors. Knapp 2-4 HR.
WON: @Columbus 2-1; Asher W; Featherston 3-4; Williams HR
WON: @Toledo 5-1; Eflin W; Sweeney 3-4, 2 doubles.
WON: @Toledo 5-1; Buchanan W; Hunter 2-4, HR; Alonso 0-2, 2BB, 2 R
WON: @Toledo 5-0; Thompson W; Knapp HR; Perkins 2-4
Road Trip: 5-4
Last 10: 6-4
Last 5: 4-1
Overall: 19-17, 4th place, 1-game back
IronRail: 3-5 (need 8)
Who’s Hot and Roster Moves
Tommy Joseph was called up to the big club and Carlos Alonso (jaw) was activated. Darin Ruf has been optioned and should be activated today (more roster moves to come). I’m expecting a Cody Asche rehab assignment any day now, as well. JP Arencibia, another blog favorite, will be moving on after having been granted his release. I’m expecting Logan Moore to return to Allentown, and Gabe Lino to return to Reading. Official roster post when the moves become official.
- C Andrew Knapp has hit safely in his last 6 games
- RHP David Buchanan has won his last two starts
- OF Nick Williams has hit safely in 5 of his last 6 games
- RHP Alec Asher is 3-0, 0.40 since joining the ‘Pigs in 2016
- RHP Edward “The Chief” Mujica leads the IL in saves, with 9
- OF Will Venable hasn’t been great, but with 2 outs and runners in scoring: .417-1-8
Syracuse is in town riding a 4-game losing streak. They were knocked out of first place yesterday with a loss and a RailRiders win. Prospect watch: SS Trea Turner–#2 in the Washington system.
For the IronPigs, another crucial start for blog-favorite RHP Mark Appel. He started off the season very well, but has slid in recent games. Here are some things to watch tonight in this start:
- Will he start the game throwing mostly fast-balls?
- Will the heaters be 4-seam up, velocity 94-98? Or 2-seam down, 89-92?
- What happens when he’s in the “stretch?”
- Will his velocity maintain?
- Will his pitch-selection change?
- Will he be able to find the strike zone?
- What happens in the later innings? Will he still be able to reach back for a mid-90s fastball if he needs one?
- What if errors threaten to ruin his win? Will he be able to pick up his fielders?
RHP Mark Appel (3-2, 3.38) vs. RHP Austin Voth (2-1, 2.31)
- Replica Friday cap for kids 17/under (1,500)
- Dog Day #2
- Dollar Dogs (that’s, HOT DOGS!) all night
- AAA Safety Patrol Night
- Autograph table 6:00PM – 6:20PM
- Scheduled: Jake Thompson and Nick Williams (subject to change)
If you’ve been following along, I’m trying to see how far into the season I can get without repeating a hat. Unfortunately, I think I made a mistake two Friday’s ago when I thought it would be rained out–I think I may have repeated my Friday 59FIFTY. No matter, I’m going to keep moving. Tonight: Blue Pigs ’42’ 59FIFTY.
This is the part where I rant, or emote, or just tell you how I’m feeling about the team today. They split in Moosic with a tough Scranton team, so that was OK. Then the bats just died in Columbus–look out, they come to town next month. A sweep in Toledo was nice, though, and none of them were close games. Caution with Syracuse on a losing skid tonight–they’re due to play well.
Link of the Day:
A lot of good stuff out there since we left. Here’s a piece by our buddy Chuck Hixson “Friday with the Fightins.” I had a series called “Friday Fightins” ready to go–even had my first one in drafts, but Chuck beat me to it. The Reading team is doing well, and has some very talented hitters and pitchers. We’ll update here, soon, but for now check out Chuck’s piece.
You’ll need a Scout.com membership to open that article–I have one, but if you don’t, it is worth it for a bunch of “insider” pages around the net for other teams you might follow.
See you at the park,