IronPigs Score in Five Different Frames to Beat RailRiders
Moosic, Pa. – The Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Triple-A/Philadelphia Phillies) scored in five of the first six innings to defeat the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (New York Yankees) on Saturday night, 5-1. The RailRiders got superb pitching from their bullpen, who struck out seven of the nine batters they faced.
Early on it was the home run that cost SWB. With one out in the top of the first, Freddy Galvis slammed a home run over the Budweiser RailHouse in right field to give the IronPigs an early 1-0 lead. It was Galvis’ third home run of the season with Lehigh Valley. The IronPigs hit another solo homer in the third; it was a lead-off homer from Tyson Gillies. Gillies’ third as an IronPig made it 2-0.
Josh Fields led off the fourth inning with a base hit. Cody Overbeck then hit a ground-rule double over the left-center field fence to move Fields to third base. Pete Orr delivered with a run-scoring single through the left side.
The IronPigs continued to score in small sizes in the fifth. Derrick Mitchell drew a walk, moved to second on a single by Galvis, and then to third on a fielder’s choice. He scored on a passed ball to stretch the Lehigh Valley advantage to 4-0. That was extended to five as the IronPigs scored their final run in the sixth. Tyler Henson reached on an error and later scored on a double by Steve Lerud.
The lone RailRider run came in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs, Dan Johnson clubbed a home run to right field to cut the lead to 5-1. It was Johnson’s team-leading 18th home run of the season, as Johnson stretched his current hitting streak to six games.
IronPigs starter Tyler Cloyd (4-8) worked efficiently and tossed seven innings. He allowed just one run on six hits, and struck out seven in the win. B.J. Rosenberg pitched the final two innings out of the Lehigh Valley bullpen.
Chris Bootcheck (9-5) started the contest for SWB and took the loss. He allowed five runs, only three of them earned, on nine hits over six frames. Sam Demel and Cesar Cabral worked the final three innings, and combined to strikeout seven of the nine batters they faced.
The RailRiders and IronPigs will wrap-up their short two-game series at PNC Field on Sunday afternoon. It’s Family Funday presented by NEPA Honda, and gates will open up at Noon for a 1:05 p.m. first pitch. Prospect right-hander Brett Marshall (5-8, 5.13) will take the mound for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as he looks to build on his great month of July. He’ll be opposed by David Buchanan, who will make his first start for Lehigh Valley since being promoted from Double-A.
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