IRONPIGS TODAY: “Clutch” 8/17/2016

“People attach too much importance to intangibles like heart, desire and clutch hitting.”

-Nate Silver, Statistician

Ruf  Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Ruf Photo: Cheryl Pursell

OK, so you’ve heard of “clutch hitting.”  But how about “clutch pitching” or  “clutch fielding?”

The IronPigs won yet another game by a 1-0 tally last night at Coca Cola Park, and while shutouts always look good for the pitchers, starter Anthony Vasquez and his bull-pen teammates were never really dominant.  But they made the pitches when they needed to and they got stellar fielding plays when they needed them, and they kept the visiting Paw-Sox of the board all night long.  Darin Ruf added a solo homer to the lawn for the ‘Pigs lone run.

The bats still aren’t lighting it up (obv) but there were some loud outs last night and guys were working deeper into counts.  The lineup remained unchanged, so it appears skipper Brundage is just going to keep whacking at the square peg until it goes through the round hole.  No worries, it will eventually.  Stay the course.  Slow and steady wins the race.  All that stuff.

The win coupled with a Scranton win and a Rochester loss puts the IronPigs 4.5 back in the division and 5.5 up in the wildcard, 23 games over .500.

Roster Update

Shortstop prospect JP Crawford, nursing a sore oblique, took batting practice and infield yesterday for the second day in a row.  I’m guessing we might see him back in the lineup tonight as long as he’s feeling OK this morning and into pre-game today–before they make him get on the bus up I-81 to Syracuse for 5 games in 4 days in the land of the Orange.

Reading Report

Reading lost again last night, as they’ve become a .500 baseball club of late.  Trenton (AA-Yankees) has closed to within 3.0 games of the lead in the Eastern Division of the Eastern League.  For IronPigs fans, a Reading division title coupled with an IronPigs wildcard spot would allow fans to see/attend both series home games–or vice versa.  However, the opposite will require that the IronPigs overtake the RailFrogs and that’s not looking likely at the moment.


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

Plenty of seats still remain for tonight’s game, although the good ones are going fast.

RHP Ben Lively (7-5, 3.42) is back on the mound for the IronPigs, to face PawSox hurler RHP Justin Haley (7-3, 2.78) who is currently listed on the inactive list; I trust he’ll be activated prior to game time or that the MiLB will update their information.  Lively lost to Indy last time out, but had won his previous three starts.


  • Diamond Diva Night
  • Ladies Night
  • Pint Glass Giveaway (18+)


Kram’s Korner

I got nuthin’ for my editorial today.  Headed to Reading tomorrow for the finale of their series with Richmond.  Important games for both IronPigs and Reading this August, but still the “dog days” you know–heat doesn’t help. One guy bagged out on yesterday’s game at 1PM.  It’s a grind for players and fans alike this time of the season.  Let’s Go!


See you at the parks,


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

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