Charlie swaps out 6-7-8 hitters in tonight's lineup
Trying to light a fire under a slumping offense, Ben Francisco, Wilson Valdez and Brian Schneider will hit 6-7-8 and replace Raul Ibanez, Juan Castro and Carlos Ruiz respectively following last night's embarrassing 8-0 loss. Ruiz, in particular, has been struggling since spraining his knee earlier in the month. During last night's broadcast, Chris Wheeler alluded to the fact that Chooch has had his bell rung a couple of times recently and was banged up. This will be Schneider's first action since straining his Achilles on May 8. Francisco starts for the first time since May 18. This is also Wilson Valdez's first action since a brief demotion last week. In related news, Paul Hoover has cleared waivers, according to reports, and will rejoin the IronPigs.