“I’m not looking for home runs, I’m looking for the playoffs.”
With people still whining about what the Phillies look like this September, we’re gearing up for some playoff baseball in both Allentown and Reading.
Last night the IronPigs added to their record-setting season by once again beating the Red Wings for their 84th win. The Pigs own the season series against the Rochester squad quite handily, which is really the difference in the standings versus the third place, 80-win team. But that’s as it should be.
The final last night was 5-1 in front of 9,833 at Coca Cola Park. Valentin, Asche, Hunter and Crawford all homered for the ‘Pigs, and Nick Pivetta went 5 scoreless and was lifted for inning/pitch limit.
6:35PM First Pitch; 5:15PM Gates; 5:00PM Club
Many seats still remain for this game.
RHP Phil Klein (5-1, 1.52) is scheduled to take the mound versus LHP David Hurlbut (0-1, 2.45) of the Red Wings
Post-game Kids Run The Bases, under the lights.
Nothing dramatic in our neighborhood, but it may be a little windy.
I can’t help but think about the playoffs; if we’re going to have meaningless games at the end of the season, this is the best way to do it!
The roster still stands at 23 last I looked, so I can’t help but think about getting a couple more players so that we can go into the playoffs with a full bench. It won’t be anything dramatic, but just in case you need an injury replacement or a pinch runner or something. Clearwater has been eliminated from the playoffs and finishes up today. I’m thinking along the lines of OF Carlos Tocci to Reading–where he’ll likely start next season–and Osmel Aguila to the IronPigs. Then maybe you pull a reliever from Clearwater who hasn’t reached his pitch limit and either send him to Reading and call Infante back, or straight to IronPigs. Again, not any difference makers, but late-inning mop-up or extra innings game or to save Stassi’s arm or whatever. We’ll have to wait until closer to Wednesday to hear. In any case, as Bert pointed out yesterday, it’s no worse that what the Yankees have done to the RailRiders. We’ll have more on that in the Playoff Primer “Get The Red Out.”
Still planning pre- and post-game tailgates for tomorrow in “Joe’s Corner.”
See you at the park,