“Whether I’m hitting .100 or .300, I have resolved to at least enjoy every game.”
Happy Flag Day!
Well, they didn’t get the sweep versus Durham. Sure enough–didn’t save enough of those 16 runs Saturday night for the day game to follow. Russell had his first dud as a starter–even letting JP Arencibia get the big missile against his former team.
No matter, the hated Barves are in town. There have been a bunch of good and dramatic confrontations between the teams over the years. Of course, most of the players involved (Leandro Castro, Kevin Frandsen, Domonic Brown, Erik Kratz) are no longer around. But, it is Brundy’s old team, and this ‘Pigs squad is playing with some swagger right now, so you never know. They split four games in Georgia last week.
Following yesterday’s off day, the Pigs sit in third place in the IL North, 2.5 games back of Rochester and 2.0 games back of Scranton; both those teams won yesterday. Lehigh Valley is 6-4 last 10, and 2-3 last time through the rotation.
In team batting, the IronPigs are at or near the top in average, slugging, and Home Runs.
The pitching staff is middling in ERA, but tops in WHIP.
RHP Ben Lively was named IL Pitcher of the Week. RHP Zach Eflin will have his contract purchased in time for this afternoon’s affair in Toronto. RHP Luis Garcia was optioned back the IronPigs from the Phillies.
It appears our old friend Anthony Vasquez has returned from exile in Reading, and will start tomorrow. We’ll have the official roster moves later. We could see Sev Gonzalez (below) get another spot start as part of the day/night double header on Saturday. James Russell will then get other one, or perhaps Nick Pivetta from Reading.
The Braves’ affiliate is in town for three. They did have a few familiar names to begin the season, but our guy Chase d’Arnaud is up with the big club right now. You’ll recognize LHP Manny Banuelos and 2B Ronnier Mustelier from their time with the RailRiders, Emilio Bonifacio from his time in the Majors, Reid Brignac from our Pigs, Tyler Moore from his time with Syracuse and Washington, C Anthony Recker from his time with Catasauqua, and Matt Tuiasosopo from his time giving one guy trouble with pronunciation. As far as prospects, watch SS Ozzie Albies (6), RHP Lucas Sims–tomorrows probable starter (8), and RHP Tyrell Jenkins (12) whom we might not see.
Lots of good seats still remain for this game. First pitch is at 7:05PM, Gates 5:45PM, Club 5:30PM.
RHP David Buchanan (3-4, 4.76) will be on the mound for the home Pigs, while the Braves-affiliate sends RHP Joel De La Cruz (1-1, 5.73 in 18 games; 2 starts. We’ve seen him with Scranton in the past.)
Promotions: It’s another kid’s night–and it’s soccer night as well. There will be a soccer ball giveaway to the first 1,500 kiddos <17; “Report Card Rewards” if you need tix and you have ‘A’s. Finally, it’s a “dog day”–bark in the park-style as you can bring Fido to hang out in the outfield. Will JP Crawford’s dogs make an appearance?
Weather: Looks great. Expect a large walk-up. If you want some of those good seats, get on it NOW.
Cap: I think I’m going full on Bacon USA tonight with polo and matching cap.
We left Sunday’s game early (because…yeah) in order to get to Reading on time for their 5:05 start. Plus, I wanted the giveaway. When we arrived I saw a line like no other I’d ever seeen: out through the plaza to the street, around the corner and up the third base line for as far as the eye could see. Unbelievable. Then I remembered: They have a special line/entrance for season ticket holders. I always thought the main advantage was that it opened 15 minutes early, but in this case, we checked it in order to avoid the massive wait. Sure enough, no wait. Season ticket line was barren and we quite literally walked right in–and got our giveaway to boot. And I don’t pay for VIP down there–this was just the regular full-STH line–or lack thereof. Nice! We’ve talked about this before, but I think this is something the ‘Pigs need to explore!
Link of the Day
Matt Breen’s Philly.com story from last year about Zach Eflin and his background. Good stuff, and I find myself a fan of his dad, too!
See you at the park, “enjoy every game”