On Wednesday, IronPigs starter Zach Eflin had already warmed up for the game when rains hit and delayed the start of the game for almost an hour-and-a-half. Having sat that long, manager Dave Brundage made the call to consider his warm-up a bullpen session, push his start back to Saturday, and go to his bullpen for Wednesday's game. Brundage wound up using four relievers in the 7-2 loss to Pawtucket Wednesday, and needed two more on Thursday. In other words, the bullpen was pretty tired coming into Friday's game.
Luckily for Brundage, starter Alec Asher gave him seven strong innings, leaving just two innings of work for the bullpen, which went to the newest IronPigs reliever, Edubray Ramos. Ramos started the eighth and got two flyball outs on just five pitches before giving up a base hit to Aaron Judge. The 23-year old wasn't fazed and came right back to strike out Slade Heathcott to end the inning. Having thrown just 11 pitches, Ramos came out for the ninth with Lehigh Valley holding a 5-1 lead and proceeded to strike out Nick Swisher and Deibinson Romero before getting Chris Parmalee to fly out to left field to end the game.
Parmalee exchanged words with Ramos following the final out and benches started to empty, but the melee was quickly put down without any incident. It's believed that Parmalee - and later in the scuffle, Heathcott - were upset over Ramos pitching inside to them. Both batters were nearly hit by pitches, but Ramos didn't appear to be having control issues, just working inside on hitters.
"It's just stupid, to tell you the truth," said Brundage after the game. "You've got a young man making his Triple-A debut, doesn't say two words, he's going about his business and somebody wants to snap. It's senseless to think that a young man in his Triple-A debut is trying to show anybody up or hit somebody or anything like that. I'm sure he was on cloud nine and raring to go, he threw some pitches in, but he's not trying to hit anybody, he's not trying to do anything, he's just trying to get six outs."
Ramos final line for the night was: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 24 pitches (17 strikes, 7 balls). He was not credited with a save, since Lehigh Valley had a four-run lead when he came into the game. As for velocity, Ramos was in the mid-90s and used a good mix of fastballs and breaking pitches over his two innings of work.
At Reading this season, Ramos had seven saves in nine opportunities, and was 1-1 with a 2.40 ERA. He struck out 15 hitters and issued just one walk in 15 innings of work, posting a WHIP of 0.67 with the Fightins.