I hadn’t been to an IronPigs game since April 2008, but I finally had an opportunity to return last month. It was a good game as the IronPigs rallied from a 5-2 deficit and won 7-6 in 10 innings. The Red Wings scored in the top of the 1st with Kennys Vargas driving in Byron Buxton. Not all that long ago, I would have thought it would be crazy to see that combination in a AAA game, but they each went 3-5 in the game and making a good case that they belong in the majors. In bottom of the 1st, IronPigs 3B Mitch Walding hit a two-run home run improving over the strikeout I saw when he was with the Phillies, although he did strikeout twice as well. Red Wings starting pitcher Fernando Romero settled down going six additional innings without giving up any other runs.
The IronPigs chipped away at the bullpen scoring one run in the 8th and then with two outs in the 9th, SS Danny Espinosa drove home two more runs. At this point I noticed how quick the game was going, and I realized one big reason why… there had been no walks in the game. The new extra inning runner on second rule is helping to score more runs as the Red Wings got the runner home with a single by Vargas in the top of the 10th. But in the bottom of the 10th, the IronPigs were able to put get the first two runners to 2nd and 3rd, only two have the next two hitters strike out. Lehigh Valley 1B Joey Meneses drove them home with the walkoff hit.
I also had to share the picture above because usually when teams don’t have a picture of a player, they will show their logo or something similar. I’ve never seen a case where they had a crude stick figure drawing instead of the player. And Ryan Goins isn’t even smiling in his drawing. But that’s definitely creative.