June 18, 2017 - International League (IL) - Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Dylan Cozens launched his International League leading 16th home run of the season, and Pedro Florimon chipped in his fourth on the campaign as the IronPigs (45-24) held on for a 4-3 series-clinching victory over the Syracuse Chiefs (21-44) Sunday afternoon before 10,100 fans at Coca-Cola Park. It marks the sixth-consecutive capacity sell out and seventh overall capacity sell out this season.
After Pigs starter Mark Leiter tossed a three-up-three-down top of the first, Cozens capped off a two-run bottom half of the inning with a solo home run to right-center field to give the Pigs a 2-0 lead. Cameron Perkins who led off the inning with a double to left-center, came around to score on Jorge Alfaro groundout to the shortstop.
The Pigs added a run in the fourth and fifth innings to take a commanding 4-0 lead. Angelo Mora continued his hot start to his Triple-A career as he sent a one-out double to right-center field and advanced to third on a throwing error. Jorge Flores then singled home Mora to stretch the Pigs lead to 3-0.
Florimon then led off the fifth inning with a solo shot to right-center field to give the Pigs a 4-0 cushion.
Leiter was spot on in his first win of the season with the Pigs, tossing six scoreless innings and only allowed two second inning hits while fanning six Chiefs batters. The right-hander tossed five three-up-three-down innings, with the lone exception being the second inning.
As soon as Leiter's day was done, the Chiefs bats woke up as Colton Murray entered the game for the Pigs. In the seventh inning, the Chiefs struck for two runs to cut the Pigs lead in half. Andrew Stevenson plated Brandon Snyder, who led off the inning with a double, on a fielder's choice ground out. Caleb Ramsey then scored Stevenson on a RBI single to left field.
Wilmer Difo then came in to score in the eighth inning as Snyder drove him in with an RBI Single to right. Pigs reiliever Pat Venditte then rebounded and struck out the side to end the Chiefs threat and preserved the 4-3 lead.
Jesen Therrien then came on in the top of the ninth looking for his first career Triple-A save. After giving up two singles, Therrien got Ramsey to bounce into a fielder's choice and then struck out Difo and Irving Falu bounced into a groundout to end the game.
The Pigs now hit the road for a seven-game road trip, beginning with a three-game series against the Pawtucket Red Sox Monday night at McCoy Stadium. The Pigs will send right-hander Mark Appel (4-3, 5.71) and the Paw Sox will send right-hander Shawn Haviland (3-4,3.36). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m