“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: It may be cloudy in my right eye, but the sun is shining very brightly in my left eye. And just think how the sun has shined, right up to the doors of this great hall, the shrine for the greatest game in the world and the greatest players in the world ? baseball.”
Despite the Kirby quote from above, I can’t see out of my left eye. So baseball goes on and I write on the right side of the page. Sorry if it monkeys up your computer.
The IronPigs were 2-1 in Buffalo before the break, and with last night’s definitive victory over the Bisons, they are 2-0 versus the Western New York team since the break. This brings the total to 4-1 on the seven game home-home intermission-split series with the final games tonight and tomorrow.
Despite the wins, the IronPigs are having a difficult time in the standings because the RailRiders and Red Wings continue to win as well. The ‘Pigs remain 4 games back of the lead, and 0.5 games up in the Wild Card. There is a bit of breathing room now with the bottom three teams, Buffalo, P’tucket, and Syracuse. Ultimately, the division and playoffs will be decided by the head-to-heads against these Norther Division teams will still play a fair few times.
With last night’s victory, the BaconUSA squad improves to 14 games over .500 on the season, their best showing since 7/5/2012. If I recall correctly, that team was gutted of some it’s better players and therefore missed the playoffs. Let’s hope that’s not the case this season….I guess.
RHP Severino Gonzalez added to roster (optioned to LHV from PHI on 7/10).
LHP Adam Morgan added to roster (optioned to LHV from PHI on 7/8).
RHP Edward Mujica granted his release by Philadelphia.
LHP Anthony Vasquez assigned to Reading (AA)
OF David Lough activated off the DL.
INF Carlos Alonso assigned to Reading (AA).
Not really any big surprises to me other than, perhaps, the granted release of Mujica. I would have thought The Chief would move on more quickly, but reportedly wanted to showcase at the AAA All Star Game first. Nevertheless, we thank him for his service and the guidance he provided to younger players such as recently promoted reliever Edubray Ramos. From what I’ve heard, Mujica’s presence was invaluable for Ramos and others.
The IronPigs have now made 89 roster moves over 93 games on the 2016 season.
Sev will wear #37
Morgan will wear #23
Lough returns to #5
The Rest of the Home Stand
6:35 Start with LHP Adam Morgan‘s return, to face LHP Scott Diamond (6-8, 3.57). Tickets for tonight’s game are scarce; procure prior to going to the park. Fireworks post-game.
1:35PM Start with RHP Ben Lively (4-2, 3.45) on the mound to face the Bisons’ RHP Casey Lawrence (1-2, 6.46). Kiddo giveaway.
The Pigs head out West for their last out-of-division road stint, this time versus the stingy West Division. It’s three games in Indy followed by four in Louisville on the 7-day jaunt. They’ll return a week from Monday for three with Syracuse. RHP Phil Klein will make his second spot-start for the ‘Pigs to lead off the roadie Monday.
With a lot of time to reflect, I’ve been thinking of Jake Thompson today, after his dominant start yesterday. Of course, he’s ready to go up and help the Phillies. It’s no secret the Phillies are shopping RHP Jeremy Hellickson and that the post-break rotations were synchronized so that Thompson would line up for that spot. I was extra impressed by the 5 K’s Thompson recorded last night as well. It was an AL team, so no cheap-o’s versus pitchers. He also recorded 12 ground-outs, keeping his seven innings reasonably efficient. I suppose they’ll keep him working on this stuff until his time comes. I hope he can stay patient and focus on the task at hand; I think the competitor in him wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s strikeouts and efficiency they want to see, I understand.
The other two of the “triplets”–SS JP Crawford and OF Nick Williams–have been just as good. But these three are young, and while their time will come, we’ll have to wait and see when. In the past, the Phillies have called guys around the trade deadline for performance and for need; we’ll see if that’s the case. If not, I hope this becomes a special season for the IronPigs on the field, with a chance a playoffs!
Link of the Day
This might be a pay one, but I really liked this piece by our buddy Chuck Hixson on scouting our own ‘Pigs and Future ‘Pigs: HERE
See you at the park, some day, I hope, at least on the right…