Down on the Phillies Pharm: Pigs and Phils Combine for 22 Runs
The Iron Pigs offense dominated the Gwinnett Braves as they 11 runs off of 15 hits. Leadoff hitter Taylor Featherston fell a double short of the cycle in his 3-4 night, which included a triple to begin the ball game.
The majority of the offense came from the heart of the lineup, as 11-15 hits came from the 3-6 hole hitters.
Nick Williams was 3-4 with two RBIs and a stolen base, raising his average to .293 this season.
Darin Ruf was 2-4 with a double hitting clean-up, while also scoring two runs. Andrew Knapp was 3-5 with an RBI and a run scored. The catcher also suffered his sixth error of the season.
Center fielder Cam Perkins was 3-5 with two RBIs, raising his batting average to .308.
J.P. Crawford went without a hit once again, going 0-5 with a walk and a run scored. He now has a .169 batting average since moving up to Lehigh Valley.
Brock Stassi was also hitless, while Emmanuel Burris managed one hit starting at second base.
James Russell got the start for the Iron Pigs and went 4.1 innings allowing three runs off seven hits. Russell had six strikeouts and now has a 1.95 ERA in Triple-A.
Michael Mariot picked up the win despite giving up a two-run home run to Matt Tuiasosopo. Luis Garcia pitched two shutout innings while Edward Mujica allowed a run on two hits in the ninth inning.
The Iron Pigs have won 7 of their last 10 games and have lost only once in the month of June. They will continue their four game series on the road against the Braves with Zach Eflin (5-1) scheduled to start.