PLAYOFFS TODAY: “Everyone A-Lively” 9/8/2016

“I’m alright, I’m just fine,
I’m [Lively], I’m alright.
Everyone [Lively]? (Everyone! Everyone!)

-Local H, Everyone Alive

Lively from last night. Photo: Cheryl Pursell

Lively from last night.
Photo: Cheryl Pursell

I almost tweeted that he was getting stronger.

With no hitting or runs, in a game which had become the classic pitchers duel, the crowd was building behind RHP Ben Lively of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs last night.  And it looked to me that he was feeding from it–getting stronger–in the eighth inning.

He had 8 strikeouts–all swinging–but I couldn’t type it yet because I was certain he’d get a couple more.  I thought he was getting stronger.

A bad call from behind the plate led to a walk, then a mistake on an 0-1 pitch and now we’re down 2-0 and Ben’s night was over.

Did the bad call get in his head?  Was it just a mistake as mistakes happen?  A breaking ball that didn’t break?  Or maybe he wasn’t getting stronger and was a bit tired after 104 pitches (his longest outing since May, with Reading, versus Trenton)?

No matter.  You can’t win games when you don’t score any runs–umpires or not.  It’s heartbreaking to see it play out that way, but Lively pitched a fine game, was just barely out-pitched by Scranton’s best starter, and their #14 prospect, center fielder Mason Williams had a night–3 hits including the home run, and multiple outstanding catches in center field, some adventuresome, which could have been extra bases or home runs on another night.

So today’s another day.  I’ll take Anthony Vasquez over Phil Coke and we’ll get this thing tied up.  Come to the park early for happy hour 5-7, wear red, make noise, and LET’S GO PIGS!


“It’s a great day for hittin”  —Charlie Manuel, I think (unverified)


See you at the park,



PS:  Nick Williams hasn’t been great at the plate lately.  But he came to play in the field last night and in a pitcher’s duel that’s a good thing.  I’m looking for Nicky to have a big game tonight.

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

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6 replies

  1. Really disappointed by the lack of fan support last night for what my husband and I think is the bet team Lehigh Valley IronPigs have ever fielded. We’ll be following them up to Scranton. If they can’t win this, get rid of that cursed bacon strip and bring back the Pig head behind home plate. Great pitching last night !!!

    • See my next post. It was never going to be crowded. As much as I hate to admit it, on any given night when there’s 8500-10100 fans in the park, it’s only THOSE 4000 who care much about the game. The others are just there for a night out or a beer or some corn..

  2. Great game – you could tell that Lively was digging deep and wanted this game. From what I saw, he became a little unglued when he didn’t get the call on the batter before. Had a few choice words for the ump as he was walking off the mound.

    JP and Williams look cooked. I think losing Ruf is a huge deal for this team, I’m just not sure if they can muster up enough offense to make ends meet in this series.

    • We’ll see tonight. Cody Asche needs to be the one to step up and provide some veteran leadership with his bat. Hunter had a couple good drives last night and Featherston needs to get back to his hitting ways as well. Not fair to put everything on JP and Nicky, but yeah, playoff baseball, everyone needs to dig deep. I like that Nick didn’t let his plate struggles ruin his play in the field or his hustle on the base-paths. I’m hoping for better tonight.

  3. From my perspective, the home plate ump blew the game for us last night. (And everyone around me agreed, very loudly and angrily!). The hitter before the home run batter would have been the third out. Lively threw 3 consecutive pitches that should have been called strikes, but he called them balls and the batter walked. That enabled the two-run scoring. Yes, Lively was rattled by that, but so were others. Players got ejected because the strike zone for the ‘Pigs was any ball between the batter’s ankles and his neck, and that was simply the straw that broke the camel’s back for them. I’m hoping for better, more consistent umpiring tonight. It was too good an effort by Lively to have that happen.

  4. “Bacon USA” fried to a crisp and gobbled up by a hungry Scranton/Wilkes-Barre team – again. I blame last night’s loss on the dopey fool who came up with that marketing gimmick in the first place. Every bit as bad as the bygone “Pig Out” theme.

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