IRONPIGS TODAY: “In The Big Inning” 8/5/2016

“It is an old baseball joke that big-inning baseball is affirmed in the Bible, in Genesis.

In the big inning, God created…”

-George Will


Williams HR, atoned for throwing miscue in the prior half-inning.   Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Williams HR, atoned for throwing miscue in the prior half-inning.
Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Early on this season, David Buchanan was victimized by the big inning.  He was solid–if unspectacular–the rest of the time, but those 4-run innings will mar your outing and drive up your ERA.

The RailRider lineup is formidable, to be sure, and Buck was able to keep them off the board for the other 8 innings.  It was impressive, but those four runs in the first held up for the evil-affiliate from Moosic as they took a second in a row in Allentown, 4-2 over the IronPigs.

The bats didn’t help him much, either.  Two hits Wednesday night, and three last night aren’t going to win you many games.  The IronPigs were able to draw seven walks, however, which does simultaneously show that they were being patient at the plate, getting on base, and trying to get good pitches to hit.  There was some bad luck, too–well-tagged balls hit deep and liners right at defenders.

International League North
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (NYY) 69 43 .616 31-22 38-21 36-26 5-5 W2
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (PHI) 68 44 .607 1.0 32 32-24 36-20 34-26 7-3 L2
Rochester Red Wings (MIN) 64 49 .566 5.5 27 35-26 29-23 34-32 4-6 L1
Pawtucket Red Sox (BOS) 58 54 .518 11.0 21 31-26 27-28 31-31 7-3 W1
Buffalo Bisons (TOR) 56 57 .496 13.5 19 26-30 30-27 31-40 4-6 L2
Syracuse Chiefs (WSH) 51 61 .455 18.0 15 32-26 19-35 27-38 4-6 W2

With approximately 32 games left in the season, the reality is that the top two teams in this division are going to be the first-round match-up in the Governor’s Cup tournament.  Winning the division would be nice, to be sure, and put a possible rubber-match game at Coca Cola Park, but might also overlap with home playoff games in Reading.  The IronRail is important, too, but the only people talking about it are me, and the Loose Cannon.  That’s a shame, really, but a post for another day.

One last thought:  I’ve read some reports out of New York that the Yankees will be calling a couple more hitters within the next two weeks.  It would seem, Judge and perhaps even Frazier or Austin or Gamel again.  I’m getting the feeling New York might not be as invested in AAA playoffs as the Phillies might be.  But I could be wrong, we’ll see.

More important that beating Scranton–and the 2/2 split of the four game set was a reasonable outcome for the two evenly-matched teams–is maintaining the Wild Card lead over the also-rans, chief among them, Rochester.

Important not to let the funk of the last two days carry over into the weekend, folks.

Player Report

27-year old Cuban Osmel Aguila was signed by the Phillies earlier this season around the time of Roman Quinn’s injury, as outfield depth.  He was playing in the Cuban Professional League at the time.  He can play all three outfield positions, but hit only .237 in Reading.  He had been hitting well of late, though, with hits in 8 of his last 10 games.  He had 4 home runs in Reading, over 37 games, and but one stolen base.  He was promoted to the IronPigs late yesterday, and is wearing uniform #6.

LHP Anthony Vasquez is officially back, and starting tonight.  It looks like our rotation going forward is:  Lively, Klein, Buchanan, Vasquez, Morgan in that order.  For Reading, Pivetta, Pinto, Viza, Leiter, Eshelman is some order.  It will be interesting, if–and I stress IF–we can get a playoff spot locked up, will Brundy re-order the starters?  I might like to see Buchanan, Morgan, Lively, Klein, Vasquez.  Yes, I’ll take Vasquez in a fifth game against anybody else’ fifth starter if we’re all stacking our rotation the same way.


7:05PM First Pitch;   5:45PM Gates;   5:30PM Club

This one looks like a sell-out.  Grab tickets NOW if you don’t already have them.

LHP Anthony Vasquez (2-0, 3.28) takes the mound versus LHP Nick Greenwood (2-2, 3.96).  Greenwood is a New Englander who lost to the IronPigs his last time out on 7/30.


Friday Night Fireworks


Kram’s Korner

Random thoughts:

Seems like Reading does better when I’m not there.

Fester jerseys looked OK, but I’m just not in love with Yellow.

It seems like the Majestic partnership allows them to do more with the special jerseys and have more of them around to raffle, wear, etc.

Looking forward to the trip to Moosic on Wednesday.

I hope the bats get going.

Our seasonal advantage against leftys hasn’t seemed evident of late.


Tomorrow’s edition of “IronPigs Today” may not appear–or perhaps in a slightly different form.  I’ll be up to my eyeballs in chicken–120lbs to grill tomorrow.  Also, if you see me at the game, I might smell like chicken.  Sorry, not sorry.


See you at the park,


Categories: Kram's Korner - From the Club Level, Lehigh Valley IronPigs

1 reply

  1. IronRail > International League division penant / playoff appearance

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