“…who kept all their balls in a bucket.”
-One Guy, probably
So what if we can only score one run, right? Phil Klein pitched his heart out, went 8 innings and threw 104 pitches all while posting a career-high 11 strikeouts. And he had to. The IronPigs anemic bats continue to dog the team during the dog days of this summer.
The 1-0 victory yesterday at sweltering Coca Cola Park coupled with a doubleheader split between Rochester and Scranton leaves the Bacon-clad team 4.0 games back of Moosic and 5.5 up on Rochester for the Wild Card. P’tucket, in town for three games starting today, lost both ends of a doubleheader yesterday in Buffalo to drop 8.0 games back of the Wild Card.
SS JP Crawford remains out with a strained oblique. He has not been added to the DL and has been “day to day” according to manager Dave Brundage. I’m not expecting him in the lineup tonight.
RHP Luis Garcia was optioned back the the IronPigs yesterday as Adam Morgan was called up to Philadelphia. Morgan was hit in the arm with a line drive and left the game–we hope he’s OK for many reasons.
P’tucket arrives from Buffalo, as mentioned above, for the next three games. The Red Sox AAA affiliate is a solid 64-57 but is being out-paced in the IL North by Rochester, Scranton and our IronPigs. On their roster right now is Cuban super-prospect OF Rusney Castillo, OF Chris Marrero–the other Marrero–who came over from Norfolk by way of Charlotte, old friend RHP Sean O’Sullivan, and LHP prospect Henry Owens.
Seats are still available for tonight’s game, although the good ones are limited. Important to note, “day of game” and “online” fees are being waived for the all regular season games for the remainder of the season! Grab some tickets and come out tonight for a little less!
Coming off a tough game up in Moosic, RHP David Buchanan (8-7, 4.04) takes the mound for the IronPigs to face off against lefty prospect Henry Owens (7-6, 3.85).
Owens is coming off a strong outing versus Durham at home, but had four winless outings prior to that. The IronPig advantage versus leftys has vanished somewhat recently.
- Dollar Dog Night: $1 Hot Dogs all game long! (while supplies last)
- Football and Cheer Night
- Bacon/Football Fleece Giveaway (A blanket. Just what you need when it’s 90.)
Weather: Hot again. Hourly forecast doesn’t suggest thundershowers, but “severe thundershowers possible” I have been told.
We sat closer to home plate than normal when we visited Moosic last Wednesday for David Buchanan’s last start. It wasn’t his best work. It looked to me that he was leaving the ball up a bit versus their powerful lineup, and they sure made him pay for it. In addition, he didn’t seem to have a great feel for his breaking pitch that night. Several times, when it seemed like a curve might be in order, catcher Andrew Knapp went out and talked to him, which was then followed by a curve in the dirt that Knapp had to block. I was impressed with Knapp for identifying what seemed to be going wrong and for giving Buck the confidence to go ahead and spin one and not worry about bouncing it to the screen–as the RailRiders had runners on almost all evening. Nevertheless, I’m looking for Buchanan to bounce back tonight, keep the ball down, and keep the Paw Sox off the board the best he can. Hopefully our bats will come around, as well.
Link of the Day
The IronPigs 2017 roster is out. Here’s a post with both the IronPigs and Reading schedules. Note that the IL schedule goes from 144 to 142 games in 2017, and will match AA 140 in 2018. The IronPigs overlap with Reading 30 times next season, but 5 of those are days when the start times are different enough to make it to both games. I’ve loved my seats down there this past season, but that’s a lot of overlap.
See you at the park,
Featured Image of Cedric Hunter by Cheryl Pursell