July 18, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Pittsburgh Pirates closer and first-time all-star Jason Grilli had one thought during his brief stay with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Phillies' triple-A affiliate, in 2011. "I was thinking that I wanted to get the heck out," Grilli said before Tuesday's 84th Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Citi Field. "Who wants to be an IronPig? Not me. " It's nothing against the IronPigs organization, he said, but Grilli believed he should have been pitching in the big leagues.
May 8, 2013 |
Remember Yuniesky Betancourt? He's the guy who hit .447 with three doubles, a homer and 14 RBIs for the Phillies in spring training, but was considered surplus to bench needs and allowed to leave when it became clear his future was in an IronPigs uniform rather than red pinstripes. GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said it was a tough decision, but the team was "comfortable with where we are. " Yeah, that Yuniesky Betancourt. He signed with the Brewers - which didn't portend well, since the fans in Milwaukee kind of booed him out of town when he played there in 2011.
April 8, 2013 |
Reading lefthander Jesse Biddle is ranked as the No. 1 Phillies minor-league prospect by The Inquirer and several other publications, but he entered the season with a simple goal - to get off to a better start. A 2010 first-round draft choice out of Germantown Friends, Biddle has had rough going the last two Aprils, first at low single-A Lakewood in 2011 and again last season at high-A Clearwater. He went a combined 0-5 with a 6.45 ERA in those two Aprils. But Biddle bounced back both seasons.
April 4, 2013 |
ALLENTOWN - The Lehigh Valley IronPigs are truly No. 1 when it comes to the adventurous new world of urinal gaming. The IronPigs have created a video game that has what they call the "only truly hands-free urinal game controller. " It doesn't take much to be a whiz at this game, which is featured in the men's restrooms at Coca-Cola Park. The new game likely won't hurt the sales of beverages, since the extra fluids will give the participants staying power. "These games are sure to make a huge splash," quipped IronPigs general manager Kurt Landes, who has labeled them "The X-Stream Games.
March 10, 2013 |
Mexico played Canada in the World Baseball Classic on Saturday, and as you might suspect, a hockey game broke out (with a strong element of Broad Street Bullies thrown in), followed by a bit of soccer hooliganism from the crowd in Phoenix. Good thing these two usually have the United States to separate them. Oh yeah, Canada won in a romp, 10-3, essentially eliminating Mexico from the tournament. It all started when Canada catcher Chris Robinson bunted for a hit in the top of the ninth, with a six-run lead.
September 25, 2012 |
Take a bow, you 'Pigs. The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues reported Monday that the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Phillies' triple-A affiliate in Allentown, led all U.S. minor-league teams in total attendance (622,421) for the second straight year and in average (9,153) for the third year in a row. Sultanes de Monterrey of the triple-A Mexican League led overall in attendance (645,302) and average (11,321). The NAPBL reported that the average regular-season attendance in the minor leagues dropped 1.5 percent this year (3,967, down from 4,029)
July 17, 2012 |
DOMONIC BROWN singled and drove in a run Monday night in his first game since being activated from the disabled list at Triple A Lehigh Valley. The IronPigs began a four-game series Monday night in Durham and Brown was in the lineup, batting third and playing leftfield. He went 1-for-3 and also walked, scoring twice as the IronPigs won, 6-1. Brown was placed on the DL with a right knee sprain on June 27 after missing 12 games, when he was listed as day-to-day. The team and Brown seemed to have a disagreement on the extent of the injury at the time.
June 28, 2012
ALLENTOWN — You worry about Jason Pridie. You worry, because he isn't worrying for himself. Neither is his new team. Pridie tested positive for a "drug of abuse" this past spring training while with the Oakland A's. It was his second positive test; the first came in 2006. The second cost him the first 50 games of this season. A professional lefty hitter with moderate power, a second-round pick of the Rays in 2002 who finally got a good taste of the majors with the Mets last season, Pridie, 28, is scorching now for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
September 14, 2011 |
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Brandon Moss clubbed a three-run homer in the first inning to spark the Lehigh Valley IronPigs to a 5-2 win over the Columbus Clippers in the first game of the International League championship series on Tuesday night. Starter Scott Mathieson gave up two runs in five innings. Joe Savery, Phillippe Aumont, and Justin De Fratus followed with four scoreless innings of relief. Lehigh Valley 310 000 001 - 5 11 0 Columbus 000 020 000 - 2 7 0 WP: Mathieson (1-0)