“I’m alright, I’m just fine,
I’m [Lively], I’m alright.
Everyone [Lively]? (Everyone! Everyone!)”
-Local H, Everyone Alive
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.