June 10, 2014 |
CINCINNATI - Ken Giles hadn't pitched in the previous 2 days. And then a save situation presented itself on Saturday afternoon at Coca Cola Park in Allentown, where the Lehigh Valley IronPigs held a 3-1 lead over Indianapolis. Luis Garcia, and not Giles, was called in for the ninth inning. The IronPigs won. Giles was called into manager Dave Brundage's office after the game. "I didn't know what was going on," Giles, 23, said. "I thought it was just a meeting. " And then, Brundage laid it on him. "We're getting you a flight to Cincinnati," he said.
June 6, 2014 |
ALLENTOWN - Tyson Gillies was just 4 years old when his parents noticed something different about him. They thought he was not focusing, and ignoring them when they spoke to him. He was tested, and it was learned that he has 50 percent hearing in one ear, and just 30 percent in the other. "I was reading lips when I was 2 and 3 and speaking perfectly, so nobody knew," Gillies said. "There was something different. I found myself getting lost in different situations. Finally, when they brought me in for my third or fourth hearing test, they closed the blinds and I couldn't read lips anymore.
May 25, 2014 |
With Cliff Lee on the 15-day disabled list due to a left elbow strain, Lehigh Valley IronPigs righthander David Buchanan will make his major-league debut for the Phillies in Saturday's 3:05 p.m. game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies will have to make a corresponding move before the game in order to add Buchanan to the roster. Buchanan was a nonroster invitee to spring training, who impressed the Phillies by posting a 2.25 ERA, while striking out 11 and walking two in 12 innings in five games.
April 3, 2014 |
READING - Jonathan Pettibone, vying for the Phillies' No. 5 starting spot, struggled to find his rhythm Tuesday night as he pitched for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in an exhibition game. The 23-year-old righthander had his problems in the second inning of a 4-3 loss to Reading at FirstEnergy Stadium. Pettibone was lifted after he issued a leadoff walk to Zach Collier in the fifth inning. He allowed three runs, all earned, on five hits. Pettibone struck out three, walked one, and hit a batter.
February 27, 2014 |
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs should be sizzling in their Saturday home games this season - or, at least, their uniforms will. Strips of bacon will adorn the caps, jerseys, and pants of the Phillies' triple-A affiliate, one of three alternate uniforms unveiled Tuesday. "We worked tirelessly over the last year to develop new identities that not only embody the rich tradition of the Lehigh Valley, but also the spirit of the IronPigs and our fans," president and general manager Kurt Landes said on the team's website.
February 26, 2014 |
LAST WEEK, the United Nations issued a report chronicling North Korea's massive human-rights violations under the rule of Kim Jong-un. It is estimated that there are up to 200,000 political prisoners. The report alleged that many have been executed, tortured and starved. Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has visited North Korea and its idiot leader many times, which has inspired a 20th Century Fox film to be titled "Diplomats. " And get this: It's going to be a comedy. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film will be directed by Tim Story, whose past projects include "Ride Along," "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" and "Barbershop.
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.