Friday, June 15, 2012

Big Win, Longoria Arriving

Game 68, Thursday, June 13, Coca-Cola Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania
Durham Bulls (Rays) 12; Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (Phillies) 2
Season: 29-39, Trip: 1-0, Bulls v. Iron Pigs: 1-0; Standings
Box, Wrap, MiLB

Chris Archer had his best game of 2012, only letting two runs across and those in the 7th inning after the Bulls were ahead 9-0. And he was efficient, only 91 pitches. See the story for some of Chris’ own thoughts on his performance.

In the meantime, Bulls hitters went nuts. Leslie Anderson hit his 8th home run and had two more hits. Reid Brignac hit a homer and a double. Every other Bull had at least one hit, most had RBI, Anderson had three.

It looks like the day of rest on Wednesday really did make a difference for all concerned.

Outside the game
  • Up in Allentown, however, the big deal last night was the return of Rich Thompson. He played for the Iron Pigs for five years and was very active in the community, a real favorite of the fans. All of the leads from the day focus on him. He got called out before the game for a standing O and a good-bye/welcome back cake. For example, the Morning Call, Lehigh Valley, and the Iron Pigs own wrap. The Iron Pigs are also the only team in the International League with two fan blogs (Bacon and Biscuits and Horn and Bell). They led with stories, photos, and video of Thompson. One blog is promoting the retirement of Thompson’s number.
  • Rays infielders Evan Longoria and Jeff Keppinger are expected to put on Durham Bulls uniforms today or tomorrow. This will be the first time since 2008 that Longoria has been in Bulls gear. At the time it was thought that he might have a chance in the majors. Guess he’s done OK. No info on how long they will be with the Bulls. I’d think that after the recent sweep by the Mets, the Rays would like to have them back as soon as possible. 
  • Rays outfielder/DH Luke Scott is going on the disabled list. The only position players on the 40-man are Rich Thompson, catcher Chris Gimenez, and shortstop Reid Brignac. Possible that Thompson will be the guy to go, but will Brignac be given another shot?

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