Pigs Fall in Extras to G-Braves
Andrew Pullin hit a two-run double in the bottom of the fourth, but it was not enough as the IronPigs (64-41) lost a tough one in extras to the Gwinnett Braves (51-52) Thursday night 3-2 in 10 innings at Coca Cola Park before 8,488 fans.
Ozzie Albies led off the top of the 10th inning with a double to left-center field, which was followed by an RBI double from Ronald Acuna to give the Braves a 3-2 advantage of Pigs reliever Pat Venditte .
The Pigs then attempted a rally in the bottom half of the 10th, as J.P. Crawford singled to lead off the frame and Rhys Hoskins walked to put the tying and winning run aboard with no outs.
Dylan Cozens and Jorge Alfaro would both strike out before Andrew Pullin flew out to center to end the game.
Venditte took the tough loss, as he is now 8-2 on the year. The switch-pitcher tossed an inning and surrendered two hits and an earned run while walking and striking out a batter.
After two scoreless innings, the G-Braves took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third on an RBI ground out by Jace Peterson to score Ozzie Albies. Albies led off the frame with a double to left-center field and was followed by a groundout to short by Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna, advancing Albies to third.
Pigs starter Brandon Leibrandt then tossed a 1-2-3 fourth inning. Leibrandt allowed two base runners in the inning, retiring both on a pickoff move and would strike out Matt Tuiasosopo to end the inning.
A one out infield single by Rhys Hoskins in the bottom of the fourth led to two Pigs runs in the frame. Dylan Cozens would walk, and Jorge Alfaro was hit by a pitch in the forearm to load the bases for Andrew Pullin.
Pullin then sent a two-run double to right-center field, scoring Hoskins and Cozens to give the Pigs a 2-1 lead as Alfaro stopped at second. Gwinnett starter Lucas Sims would end the Pigs threat, striking out Pedro Florimon and Herlis Rodriguez to strand Alfaro and Pullin in scoring position.
Back-to-back doubles by Jace Peterson and Lane Adams tied the game at 2, as Adams picked up his 30th RBI of the season.
Leibrandts night was done after tossing five innings, surrendering two runs on five hits while striking out six batters.
The game remained tied, as both teams would go in order in both the eighth and ninth innings to take the game to extras.
With the loss and Scranton loss, the Pigs will remain 1.5 games back in the International League's north division.
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