Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Valley’s young guns starting to stand out

Friday, October 18, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

In their season opener, the Phantoms had a bunch of near-misses when it came to shots. The team’s chemistry looked a little off as a number of new faces, many of them young, inexperienced pro players, tried to fit together into a cohesive unit.

They quickly put the opening 3-0 shutout to Providence aside and came out firing against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The result was a 4-1 win, which they followed up with an overtime loss to another rival, the Hershey Bears.

Checking out some former IronPigs

Friday, July 19, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Are you going through ‘Pig withdrawal yet?

The IronPigs haven’t played a home game since July 7 and they won’t be back home for another week yet, leaving Coca-Cola Park empty for 15 straight days. The current 11-game road trip saw the ‘Pigs fly from Rochester to Gwinnett Sunday night to start a four-game series against the Stripers.

With the gang out of town, it’s a good time to take a look at some former IronPigs who have also flown out of town, only on a more permanent basis.

District Champions! Liberty knocks off Emmaus to win title

Thursday, June 6, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Many times, the district final comes down to the top two seeds. As the number two-seed, Liberty had better than average odds of being in the final and could have figured to play top-seed Northampton. With top-seeded Northampton eliminated early, the Hurricanes took on an Emmaus team that not only took out the Konkrete Kids, but had been beating a number of top teams throughout the playoffs. In the end though, the Hurricanes came away with a 3-1 win to take gold in District 11.

Winning vs. development

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

The IronPigs limped out of town a week ago having had the last game on their six-game homestand rained out, which may have been a good thing since they lost the first five games, coming on the heels of a loss in Buffalo to end their last road trip.

They went down to Durham and lost two more before a win over the Bulls and then won the middle game of a three-game series in Charlotte over the weekend. If you’re doing the math, that’s 10 losses in their last 12 games.

It’s been a strange trip for Pigs McGarry

Thursday, May 16, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON in Sports

Seth McGarry took somewhat of a circuitous route to Triple-A. He pitched in 45 games at Double-A Reading last season, so it figured that he would either start the year back with Reading or get a promotion to Lehigh Valley. Neither of those things happened. Instead, he was sent down a level to High-A Clearwater even though his 3.99 ERA with Reading in 2018 wasn’t bad, and he had an impressive performance as part of the Phillies contingent playing in the Arizona Fall League following last season.