“You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.”
-Eagles “Hotel California”
I did it once last year, and kicked myself for it the rest of the season…
Maybe that team down in Reading has made me think it’s more commonplace…
The walk-off is one of my favorite things and a major reason why I go to games to begin with–and last night I left in the top of the 9th and heard the call as I pulled into my garage, instead of seeing it live.
Last Saturday, with the monster win and the potential fights and the bunt-gate and all that, one guy said to me he thought it was perhaps a turning point for the 2016 team–that they are realizing that they’re good and they can win. They have the confidence it takes to win more than lose, over the course of the 144-game grind. He might be right, but I’m thinking about last night in a similar manner. Up 2-0, but then down 4-2 and it becomes 6-2 late in the game? Nothing going, only six hits. People leaving in droves (mea culpa). And they still did it. Is any lead safe, now?
Oh, I know. The Braves pitchers couldn’t find the strike zone with a compass, divining rod, and a Garmin. But still, the team had confidence–in themselves and in each other–to fill the bases and get the hits when necessary. Solo home runs don’t help anybody when you’re down by 4. Don’t swing at crap. Take the walk and next man up. And, it all worked out.
One last thought: Brock Stassi, Eastern League MVP in 2015 and a leader on a team that went to the precipice of a championship, is becoming a leader on this team as well. Of course I want him to get time in the Majors, but if he becomes our next Andy Tracy, I’d be OK with that as well. Dude has a knack for getting the big hit; that’s for sure.
Rochester and Scranton keep winning as well, leaving us 2.5 back of the top. Some separation forming as 7 games now divide top and bottom in the league, and the bottom three, Syracuse, Pawtucket, and Buffalo, are identifying themselves.
The kid from Catasauqua came in like a Recker ball last night with the two homers, but his pitchers couldn’t make it stand up. While I was listening on the radio I could hear the beat writers in the background furiously re-doing their game stories! 😉
IF Taylor Featherston, with two hits last night, climbing back into form and settling in as a lead-off guy.
SS JP Crawford with a key hit in an RBI situation, but still searching for hard contact.
OF Nick Williams took three walks last night–perhaps a sign that things are slowing down for him at the plate. He added a nice double to the opposite field, as well.
C Andrew Knapp with two walks and two runs.
OF Cam Perkins just keeps hitting… now up to .316
RHP David Buchanan struggled a bit early, but kept the Braves off the board. He cruised for a while, but then couldn’t escape the trouble in the sixth, giving up back-to-back long balls. Avoiding the big inning seems to be a thing for him right now.
On “soccer night” it seemed like Crawford and Williams were channeling their inner Flyers/Phantoms instead, with the orange shoes.
Good seats remain for tonight’s contest, but will go quickly with the huge walk-up thanks to the nice weather. First pitch 7:05PM; Doors 5:45PM; Club 5:30PM
LHP Anthony Vasquez (7-3, 3.28 AA-Reading) will take the ball for the IronPigs, while Gwinnett will send RHP Lucas Sims (2-5, 6.80).
- Report Card Rewards continues: K-12 ‘A’s receive perks at the ticket window if you’re buying tickets
- Faith Night
- Ladies Night (prizes)
The weather looks perfect, and the cap will be stars/stripes bacon from last July 4. BTW, looking forward to seeing how the IronPigs incorporate the 2016 design.
Not a lot more to be said editorial-wise that hasn’t already been said in the intro. Winning makes it easier to go to the park every night, that’s for sure.
I didn’t read anything really good yesterday, so I’ll just share a few more Cheryl Pursell photos which showed up in my inbox late last night. Consider these somewhat “exclusive” this time:
See you at the park,
PS: “IronPigs Today” may go on hiatus for a few games–or may be under the care of another blogger temporarily. Stay tuned, starting Friday.