“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”
The Pigs return from a day off and a short jaunt to P’tucket for a Memorial Day Weekend wrap-around. Here’s what you need to know about tonight’s game:
The ‘Pigs pounded out 15 hits and pushed across 11 runs in yesterday morning’s game in the woods of Rhode Island. Crawford had three hits and raised his average to .300 at AAA. Williams went 3/3 and raised his average to .276. Ruf had two dingers and is up to .231 now at AAA. Hunter added a homer and also had three hits; he’s back to .300 for the ‘Pigs. The bats really came alive and Jake Thompson battled some control to yield only 3 earned runs in 5 2/3.
The win was a good one to avoid getting swept, as they’d lost the previous 2. Here’s where we are:
Road Trip: 1-2
Last Home Stand: 5-2
Last 10: 6-4
Overall: 25-21, 1.0 game back
Series Openers: 3-11
The IronPigs pounded out four homers yesterday as part of their onslaught. Ruf had two, while Hunter and Nina added one apiece. Prior to those four big flys, the 2016 Lehigh Valley squad had 36 HR in 45 games (so that’s 40 in 46 now..). Last season it took 91 games–or until July 12–to get 36 homers!
Here are your team leaders in HR:
|Individual Stats (Batting) (click column headers to sort)|
OF/INF Cody Asche and LHP Mario Hollands will continue their rehab with Lehigh Valley starting tonight.
RHP Alec Asher had planned to pitch tonight, but as of this writing is still on the DL with a calf contusion, and questionable. RHP Ben Lively has been called up from AA Reading to make tonight’s start.
RHP Mark Appel went on the DL today with a shoulder. After his failing velocity last weekend, it’s what I predicted. And, it’s ominous.
We’ll have an official roster post later today, as appropriate.
The Louisville Bats, AAA affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, are in town for their once-yearly series with the home-town Piggies. The Bats are 24-22 and just took two of three in Moosic from the RailRiders. On the roster you won’t notice too many familiar names, although it’s always fun when RHP Jumbo Diaz comes to town. However, the Reds-affiliate is chock-full of top-prospects; watch number 1 prospect RHP Robert Stephenson, who’s scheduled to pitch tonight. LF Jesse Winkler is number 2, INF Jose Peraza is number 3, LHP Cody Reed is number 4, and LF Scott Schebler is number 14.
The Pigs go with newly added RHP Ben Lively (7-0, 1.87 at AA 2016)
The Bats will send number-1 prospect RHP Robert Stephenson (3-2, 3.02).
First Pitch: 7:05PM, Gates 5:45PM, Club Level 5:30PM
- Friday Fireworks
I think it’s gonna be black for Friday–black and white pig or black bacon.
There is a chance of thundershowers this evening. I’m guessing if one pops up that it will pass quickly.
It’s heady times around here. We’re stocked with MLB talent–Asche and Hollands in town–and finally with the call of Lively. It’s fun to watch. Home runs are good. Enjoy!
But just the same, I’m feeling for Mark Appel today. Things were looking so good first three times through the rotation, but then some chinks in the armor, then last weekend the velocity went in the tank and what I feared: elbow or shoulder. Shoulders are the worst. They’ll rest it. Maybe give him a shot if they haven’t already. He’ll try to start a throwing program, and if we’re lucky we could get him back later in the season. If not, he’s in for surgery and that’s not good. Not everyone comes back like Adam Morgan did. Golly I hate this…
Anyway, I’m not sure we’ve ever had a home-stand which completely wrapped around the Memorial Day holiday. Dan, go over to your fridge and check the magnet schedules when you get a chance…. Usually, we split the holiday somewhat so that we get a Friday or Saturday or even the Sunday game, then off to the road for the Monday game. No matter, it’s just interesting–pretty favorable schedule for the ‘Pigs thus far–started on the road, good weather for first home stand, full May, full holiday weekend of games….couldn’t ask for much better, I suppose.
Link of the Day:
The Morning Call’s Tom Housenick was down in Reading the other day, and this Lively report followed–an excellent way to get to know our new starter.
See you at the park,