Mitchell's afternoon started with a two-run home run to left field in the second inning that followed a Cody Overbeck triple as Lehigh Valley grabbed a 2-0 lead. Mitchell's third home run of the season snapped a 17-inning scoreless draught for the IronPigs - going back to the 2nd inning on Tuesday - and broke Indians starter Jeff Locke's scoreless streak at 16.0 innings.
After Rich Thompson's RBI single later in the second made it 3-0 Lehigh Valley, Mitchell would deliver again an inning later with a two-run single to center pushing the lead to 5-0 for IronPigs starter Tyler Cloyd.
Cloyd gave the IronPigs yet another quality start going seven innings allowing just one run on three hits with six strikeouts to earn his third win of the year for the IronPigs and sixth overall. In three starts with Lehigh Valley this season he has yielded only two runs in 20 innings of work (0.90 ERA). The 24-year-old has allowed a mere nine hits and four walks while striking out 17 opposing hitters. With his quality start on Thursday he has now accounted for one-third of the IronPigs total team quality starts (9) in 2012.
After Cloyd tossed six perfect innings on Opening Night he was sent back to Reading where he went 3-0, 1.80 in four starts for the R-Phils. He has earned a win in all but one start so far in 2012 - a no-decision in which Cloyd allowed just one hit in six scoreless frames on April 29 at Portland (AA).
B.J. Rosenberg worked two scoreless frames to preserve the win for Lehigh Valley (18-15) which avoided its first four-game sweep since August 5-8, 2010 vs. Gwinnett.
The IronPigs are off to Louisville for a four-game series against the Bats starting Friday at 7:05 p.m. The reigning IL Pitcher of the Week Scott Elarton (3-1, 2.84) is slated to get the start for Lehigh Valley opposite former Major League veteran Brett Tomko (0-3, 3.41).