KramsKorner: IronRail Preview; Pigs Still Fun

“I guess I don’t know what I’m thinking
Coming off a hard night of drinking

It coulda been done in a different kinda way
But that ain’t you, you play tough when you play…”

-Billy Mernit, Carly Simon  When You Close Your Eyes – Night Ranger


Grullon, the newly minted AAA All Star, went oppo-taco last night. Photo: Cheryl Pursell

The Pigs roared back from a 6-1 deficit to tie last night’s game at Coca Cola Park with the Rochester RedWings, 6-6.  A 3-run blast off the bat of Phil Gosselin was the equalizer capping off a 5-run seventh.  Then, this happened in the top of the ninth, with Kyle Dohy in his second inning of work:


-Wild Pitch

-Strike Out

-Pop up in front of the plate.  No one catches it.

-Wild Pitch, 7-6 RedWings

-Error at 3B, 8-6 RedWings

It could have been worse, I suppose.  And the bullpen did fine, really given the task at hand.  Jose Taveras started the game, but had pitched a couple innings Monday night in Syracuse.  I think perhaps the plan was for Tom Windle to go more than one inning–but he wasn’t having his best outing throwing 36 pitches and yielding three hits, two walks and two runs in the third inning.  That forced multiple inning outings from Leftwich, Davis and Dohy.  Not that they shouldn’t be able to handle that–just hard to piece them all together with so little margin for error down 0-4 after three innings.  Leftwich and Dohy both had clean innings and gave up run(s) in their second frame of work.


Listi went 2-5 last night and is hitting .379 in AAA so far. Photo: Cheryl Pursell

On To The IronRail

First-place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre comes to town to continue the 2019 IronRail series.  The IronPigs currently lead the season series, 5-4.  Including tonight, there are nine games left in the season series, six at Coca Cola Park, and three at Moosic.

The pitching match-ups seem to favor the home team these next three games.


RHP Enyel De Los Santos returns to the mound for the IronPigs for the first time since his spot start last Sunday in Philadelphia.  He gave up seven hits and four runs in four innings of work that afternoon–he’ll look to improve on that tonight against a team he hasn’t always had good luck against.  Still, the Yankees affiliate sends 24yo RHP Adonis Rosa making his fifth appearance in AAA, and second start this season.  He’s had cameos in Scranton the past two seasons, but hasn’t been able to secure a full-time role.  He’s been a swing-man who hasn’t pitched beyond 4.2 innings since May 22.


The Pigs send LHP Cole Irvin back to the mound.  He’ll face veteran RHP Randall Delgado who is 1-2, 4.50 ERA over six AAA starts this season.  He faced the Pigs back on June 2, as he dueled Tom Eshelman and the Pigs won late.


In the series finale, the IronPigs will go with young RHP Ramon Rosso.  His two road starts since his blistering AAA debut at Coca Cola Park on 6/13 haven’t gone quite as well.  He gave up some heavy contact in Toledo, then had difficulty finding the plate in Syracuse.  It will be good to get him back on the home mound.   Scranton on Sunday will have RHP Brody Koerner on the mound.  He has a 4.60 ERA in  AAA this season, but gives up a lot of contact and will walk batters as well.  He got rocked by Rochester his last time out.


Gosselin, moments before he blasted a line drive into the bull pens. Photo: Cheryl Pursell

See You At The Park

Friday:  “Jurrasic Pork” with a cap giveaway and Jurrasic Park-themed fireworks.  Gonna be another hot one.

Saturday:  Ninja Turtles night.  Ninja Turtles-themed fireworks.  6:35PM start; 40% chance of thunderstoms.

Sunday:  Nikelodeon Day, feat. Paw Patrol, Backpack Giveaway (Kiddos), Meet Chase from Paw Patrol.  Paw Patrol jersey auction.  1:35PM start, 81/sunny.

Kram’s Korner

While I hate to miss Cole Irvin’s start, and the potential for rain could impact my decision, I’m considering a trip to Reading Saturday rather than IronPigs.  LHP Damon Jones will be taking the mound, and they currently have four of the past five first-round picks in the lineup, including last-years selection, 3B Alec Bohm, whom I haven’t seen yet.

Sunday is one of those rare opportunities for a personal double-header.  Following the 1:35PM game in Allentown, I’ll head down 222 to Reading to see the R-Phils in their 5:15PM start.

The Pigs are still fun–for now.  A lineup featuring Listi and Gosselin and Williams, along with the continued success of Deivy Grullon and veteran leadership from Matt McBride (IL) and Andrew Romine is enough to get me to the park on the regular, still.  Go Pigs!


See you at the parks,


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


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