James Russell and the Iron Pigs could not overcome two first inning home runs by the Louisville Bats Saturday night.
Russell went five innings giving up just four hits and the two home runs while striking out four. The Iron Pigs bullpen pitched four one-hit innings with three strikeouts.
Outfielder Nick Williams raised his batting average to .286 with three hits in four at bats. The rest of the lineup failed to much as only three other starters managed a single hit.
J.P. Crawford, Cody Asche (on rehab assignment), Darin Ruf, and Andrew Knapp combined to hit 1-16 with three strikeouts.
Both Cam Perkins and Brock Stassi had a pinch-hit apiece.
Taylor Featherston had two strikeouts and was caught stealing and picked off. Not a very good night for the third baseman.
Lehigh Valley will send Zach Eflin (5-0) to the mound to prevent the sweep by Louisville.