Errors, walks hurt IronPigs
ALLENTOWN - The IronPigs committed three errors and the pitching staff walked eight, six of who would score, as Indianapolis scored 10 unanswered runs to down Lehigh Valley 10-5 in a 3-hour 48 minute marathon.
Lehigh Valley's John Mayberry ripped a three-run homer to start the game. Tagg Bozied followed with a solo homer and the IronPigs jumped out to a 4-0 lead.
Now, if you do not want to spoil your appetite for dinner, please skip down to the bottom of the article. From here on it becomes as ugly as ugly gets where even the Phillie Phanatic became a casualty of the evening.
"There wasn't too many facets of the game that we did to win a game tonight," Sandberg said. "We didn't play defense, we didn't capitalize on baserunners with key RBIs, and we didn't minimize our opponents. They put up crooked numbers."
LV's Ryan Edell, making his second Triple-A start, earned the promotion from Reading by going 5-1 with a 3.50 ERA with a 50/9 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Edell's night was a rough one as he allowed base runners in each inning.
While Edell was able to work his way out of the first three frames, he shot himself in the foot in the fourth by walking the leadoff batter. He would score on a sacrifice fly for the Indians first run.
Brian Friday singled to drive in a run and it would have been more had it not been for Brandon Moss who threw out a runner at the plate for his eighth outfield assist of the year.
Edell gave up three more runs in the fifth before being replaced by Jason Grilli.
Down 5-4, LV pitching allowed the game to get out of hand in the sixth by walking five equaling the number of runs scored.
"We've got work to do and we've got some things to work on and play better baseball. That's why we're here. It was an ugly game," Sandberg said.
In a flashback to the IronPigs of the past, what could go wrong did. In the top of the third inning, the Phillie Phanatic was behind the visitors' dugout and mingling with the fans, when a foul ball plugged him in the neck.
The Philadelphia mascot played it off and joked with the fans, feigning dizziness. He then slyly slid to the aisle and left with his 'handler', never to be seen again.
In the end, the bruised Phanatic will be fine. He was sent to the hospital for precautionary reasons.
John Mayberry and Josh Barfield each had three hits for LV.