The Phillies have had success with sending struggling pitchers down to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to get themselves straightened out.
Last season, Hector Neris lost the feel for throwing his splitter and along with it, his confidence. When he returned to the Phillies, he was his old self and probably even better. They had the same hopes for Nick Pivetta and the early returns are pretty good.
If you like seeing former IronPigs players, this homestand has been a good opportunity for you to see some old friends.
The Buffalo Bisons have former Phillies pitching prospect Jacob Waguespack on their roster and they were followed in by the Syracuse Mets with infielder Danny Espinosa on their roster.
Northampton’s Konkrete Kids put together the longest winning streak for the school since 1990 when they rattled off 13-straight wins after opening the season with two-straight losses, including being no-hit in the season opener against Parkland.
Unfortunately, it was Parkland (13-3 overall, 12-1 EPC) that ended their run when they downed Northampton 5-4, recently.
In a perfect world, a player like Phil Gosselin would have likely spent the entire season with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Unfortunately, a perfect world doesn’t exist and Gosselin had to be added to the 40-man roster before the first month of the season was even complete.
Injuries to starting Phillies shortstop Jean Segura and his backup, Scott Kingery, made the Phillies consider who was next up to make the trip down the turnpike to join the Phillies.
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs roster is a mix of familiar and not-so-familiar faces.
Popular players like Dylan Cozens, Mitch Walding and Cole Irvin are back with the Pigs. Young prospects JoJo Romero, Deivy Grullon and Jan Hernandez are at the Triple-A level for the first time in their careers. Local hero Matt McBride returns for a second season after playing high school ball for Liberty High School and college ball as a Lehigh Mountain Hawk.
With just three games left in the regular season and long odds on reaching the playoffs, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms don’t appear to have given up just yet. After a slow, ugly start against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Sunday, the Phantoms kicked it up a few notches and wound up with a 10-6 win, their second in as many days against the Penguins. The 10 goals were also a franchise record for the squad.
Former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel always referred to warm weather as “hittin’ season.”
Well, the weather hasn’t warmed up that much yet, but the Northampton Konkrete Kids are finally coming into a bit of their own ‘hittin’ season.’ It took the Kids 14 innings until they picked up their first hit of the season in the seventh inning against Emmaus in what turned out to be a 2-0 loss that got the team off to an 0-2 start in the EPC. Since then, Northampton has scored 20 runs in two games to even up their record at 2-2 overall and move to 1-2 in the EPC.
When the Philadelphia Flyers lost to the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday, it ended their hopes of reaching the NHL playoffs.
In a game matching two teams that have some offensive questions about themselves, a 2-1 outcome wasn’t exactly unexpected. For Northampton, the offense sputtered against one of the better pitching staffs in the EPC and wound up on the losing end of the score and without any hits on the day.
Pitchers Adam Smith and Koby Staivecki held the Konkrete Kids hitless as the teams battled for eight innings before the Trojans scored a run in the top of the eighth and Northampton couldn’t generate anything in the bottom of the inning to mount a comeback.
In what may be the wildest game of the season, Lehigh Valley pulled off a stunning, 4-3 win over the defending AHL champion Toronto Marlies Saturday night at the PPL Center. The win gave Lehigh Valley a season sweep of their two games with Toronto and three wins in their last four games against the Marlies. Going back five years, the Phantoms have played Toronto well, going 6-2-1-1.