Notables From 'Pigs Opening Night

Ryne Sandberg's reign with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs got off to a good start. A strong outing from Vance Worley and a couple long-balls helped Lehigh Valley get the first opening day win in franchise history.

Vance Worley: 1-2-3 first inning on nine pitches and threw 90-91 mph.

Of course, in the second inning, he got two quick outs, but then found himself with the bases loaded on two hits and a walk. After a visit from pitching coach Rod Nichols, Worley started to rear back and throw, pumping up on a couple of 96 mile-per-hour fastballs to strike out Ramiro Pena.

Worley settled in nicely and struck out five of six hitters over the third and fourth innings.

Overall, Worley threw 6 shutout innings, allowing four hits and one walk while striking out nine.

Mike Stutes: Came in with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh. Blew a 93 mph fastball by Jesus Montero to end the inning. Stutes threw the eighth inning as well and struck out two more hitters without allowing a baserunner. Overall, Stutes needed just 14 pitches - 10 of them strikes - to retire the four hitters he faced.

Ronnie Belliard: Drove a pitch through the infield to right field in the first inning to drive in a run and then showed a patient at-bat in the third to draw a walk.

Later, Belliard lined a pitch down the right field line for a double to knock David Phelps out of the game.

Question is, why is Belliard playing at third? Answer: The Phillies want to see if he can handle third and if needed, he could replace Placido Polanco in case Polanco's elbow injury flares up again. Polanco is off to a good start, but that elbow is likely going to be a question mark all season long.

Brandon Moss: Nice Lehigh Valley debut for Moss, who went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.

First Inning:

  • IronPigs execute a first inning hit-and-run. Ryne Sandberg has these guys on the move.
  • Sandberg waved home Cory Sullivan, who scored on a close play at the plate. Ronnie Belliard delivered an RBI single to right to get Sullivan home.

Second Inning:

  • IronPigs bats go cold and let David Phelps settle in. Phelps had to throw 39 first inning pitches, but breezed through a 1-2-3 second inning.

Third Inning:

  • Phelps should have had a 1-2-3 third inning, but an error on Kevin Russo extended the inning. Ronnie Belliard then drew a walk and Scranton walked Jeff Larish intentionally before Eric Kratz popped out to end the inning.

Fifth Inning:

  • Delwyn Young launched an 0-2 pitch over the right field fence to give the 'Pigs a 4-0 lead. It was one of those high, arching shots. The shot didn't clear the fence by much, but it had plenty of lift. Later in the inning, Jeff Larish drove a shot out to right to make it 6-0.



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