ALLENTOWN - It looked like another regular day at the ballpark for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Sunday Then a one-hour, three-minute rain delay changed things.
Stuck in sixth place and 5-17 in one-run games after Saturday night's 2-1 loss to the Charlotte Knights, the IronPigs had lost eight out of their last 10.
Falling behind 5-1 after 4 1/2 innings, the 9,545 fans that saw the rain move in to Coca-Cola Park could have easily packed their bags and went home. Most stayed put, however, and watched the Pigs bat around in the fifth inning when the game resumed to score five runs and take the lead en route to an 11-5 win.
"We just got some pitches and we hit them," said Andy Tracy, who managed to get his 1,000th career RBI in the big inning. "We didn't foul them off or hit them softly like we've been doing.
"Getting the 1,000th RBI means I'm old, that's about all. It's a pretty good honor. I pride myself on driving in runs. I always have. It was a good time for me to get it. We got the 'W' and I'm starting to drive in some runs here and there and hopefully we'll get going as a team."
Everyone in the lineup got at least one hit and of the 17, both Dane Sardinha and Luis Maza the no. 8 and 9 hitters went three-for five.
"We got the big hits by (Rich) Thompson and Tracy and they drive in two runs, then the nice bunt by (Chris) Duffy to put us ahead," said IronPigs manager Dave Huppert.
Then the bullpen comes in after the rain delay and does the job.
"Our pitching has been very consistent all year," Huppert noted. "They got off to a rocky start, but ever since the first 10 games, they've pitched very well."
Willy Taveras got his first hit as an IronPig and Thompson, Tracy, Duffy and Melvin Dorta all had two each.
NOTES: The IronPigs are releasing general public tickets for the Triple-A All-Star Game home run derby on July 12 at Coca-Cola Park. On sale are "landing zone" tickets for the derby at $25 apiece. They include an all-you-can-eat buffet ... Also on sale are PPL Picnic Patio tickets for the derby at $30 apiece. The ticket also includes an all-you-can-eat buffet. Tickets are available at the stadium or by calling the team at 610-841-PIGS ... The derby is two days before the Triple-A All-Star Game (July 14) at Coca Cola Park ... on Saturday, Bangor's Westyn Baylor and Nazareth's D.J. King advanced to join six Triple-A players in the derby ... King led the way with 23 points on one homer and six warning track shots ... Northwestern's Adam Wehr missed out hitting one home run for eight points.