“Well, it’s a doggone shame but never too late for change
So, if your luck runs low, just reach out and call his name, his name
Lo Mo be there, Lo Mo be there…Whenever you call”
-From “Yah Mo B There” by James Ingram with Michael McDonald
Logan Moore (“Lo Mo”) had a career day yesterday (4-for-4) and Asche and Nicky went back-to-back with the long ball to pace the IronPigs to a 6-4 victory and snap their losing streak.
Buchanan was shaky at times, but like the start I heard on the radio the other day, was able to persevere, ride out the mistakes, and turn in an almost-quality start (7ip, 4ER). Brundy said after the game that he’d like to see Buck use all four pitches a little sooner in the game rather than insisting on trying to establish a certain pitch or sequence. There were some nice fielding plays turned in by Nina at third, JP at short and Stass at first.
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OF Nick Williams is finding his groove. He’s not really hot yet, but he has been able to put together a little hit streak. You can see it: Things are slowing down for him at the plate. He’s looked good in the outfield as well. I don’t think he’s pushing for a big-league job just yet, but if this continues that could happen over the summer. You’ll know it’s getting close when you see him in the same corner outfield position multiple days in a row; they’ll do that to get him ready just like they did with Tommy at 1B. Once the call was imminent he wasn’t alternating with Stassi any more.
SS JP Crawford has been struggling. Some of it has been bad luck, of course. He stung one which would have likely been a triple yesterday. But, the first baseman jumped up and made a stab and it goes in the books as a line-out. He’s pressing, too, most likely, as young players are likely to do. I wrote yesterday that they should keep him in there and let him grind it out; however, today after seeing his body language yesterday I think maybe you make a change. If he’s in the lineup, maybe it’s time to drop him out of that lead-off spot. Junior and I don’t think that’s helping him. Maybe a day off wouldn’t hurt–or even a day as DH. You could put Feather back at the top–he did better there anyway–and then JP second, Asche third and Williams in the clean-up spot. Nicky has been doing well enough that he won’t let the 4-hole mess with his head for a day or two. I’d like to see Asche hit a couple doubles before I call him up.
And speaking of Asche, some speculation on the inter-webs yesterday about who will be sent down (DFA, etc) when Asche is activated. I had assumed Burriss, but heard it could be Lough yesterday. I think I’ll stick with Burriss as Lough is the better defensive outfielder. I wouldn’t mind seeing a couple doubles out of Ruf before he goes back, as well. Although, a trip back for him is not necessarily a given at this point. I’m not sure how much he’s in the Phillies future plans, unless his bat gets consistently hot. We’ll see, I suppose. I’d kind of expect perhaps a day at 3B and a day at 1B for Asche before he goes up.
Norfolk remains in town; see yesterday’s column for details about their team, prospects, etc.
RHP Jake Thompson (3-4, 3.48) takes the mound today to face RHP David Hale (0-2, 3.32). Hale is a Princeton product who was a two-way player, and pitched with Colorado already this season. He’s had five starts, and reasonable numbers, but hasn’t gone deep in games.
What to watch: Watch to see if Brundy gets some leftys in the lineup as we face a RHP for the first time in a few days: Venable, Cedric Hunter, etc.–although it sure is hard to bench Cam Perkins right now! The stack at the top (JP, Asche, Williams) should be more effective, if it remains. Since the calendar turned to May, Jake Thompson’s been pretty darn good. Watch to see if that continues. Finally, watch for the early crowds today…
Promotions: Aaron Nola bobblehead day. Mardi Gras night. Get there EARLY tonight if you must have a bobble doll. If there are any bobble doll emergencies, just get in touch with me.
Cap: Green Pig
It feels good to win again. It’s a long season, but it’s flying by, as well. Enjoy the games! I know one guy who thinks it’s too hot now–just like it was too cold before–but I’ll take it. Stay tuned in Kram’s Korner for the thoughts of the day, the feelings around the ball park, and links to some planned feature pieces coming up.
See you at the park,