A ninth inning rally results in big win for Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs on the road
Down 2-1, Cedric Hunter drove in two runs with one out in the ninth inning to give the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs a two run lead. The former major league outfielder’s only hit of the night brought home Nick Williams and Andrew Knapp, while Brock Stassi held up at third base.
Will Venable then drove in Stassi from third, while Hunter was thrown out at the plate after a relay throw from center to shortstop to home.
Edward Mujica closed out the bottom of the ninth to seal his 14th save of the year.
J.P. Crawford went hitless again, but he did walk twice, and was caught stealing for the first time in Triple-A.
Nick Williams was also hitless, although his ninth inning walk resulted in him crossing the plate thanks to Hunter’s big hit.
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Andrew Knapp had back-to-back multi-hit games for the first time this season. The catcher singled twice and scored in the ninth inning as well.
First baseman Brock Stassi had a solo home run in the fifth inning for Lehigh Valley and gave the ‘Pigs an insurance run in the ninth.
Outfielder Darin Ruf was 1-4 with two strikeouts, but he did gain an outfield assist by helping throw out a runner at home. Ruf’s throw from left was relayed by the third baseman Angelys Nina to nail Nicky Delmonico at home plate.
James Russell got the start Thursday night for the Phillies Triple-A affiliate, going five scoreless innings. He gave up only three hits and a walk while striking out four Knights.
Severino Gonzalez blew the Phillies one-run lead in his two innings of work while striking out three batters. Gonzalez was charged with his second blown save of the season.
Luis Garcia earned the win for the Iron Pigs despite throwing two wild pitches that allowed the Knights to score. Garcia is 3-1 with a 3.13 ERA after being sent to the minors this season.
Mujica’s 14th save of the year leads all International League pitchers.
Zach Eflin (5-1; 2.81 ERA) will start Friday for the squad from Bacon, USA while former Marlin’s starter Jacob Turner (3-3; 5.50) gets the ball for the Knights on his home mound.