Valle's two-run single in the sixth inning turned out to be the game-winner and turned Tyler Cloyd into an 11-game winner as the IronPigs won their third in a row with a 2-1 victory over the Pawtucket Red Sox Thursday night at Coca-Cola Park.
The IronPigs (62-52) have now closed to within a half-game of both the Paw Sox and Scranton/Wilkes Barre Yankees in the International League North after beginning the week three games back in the division.
With runners on second and third and two outs in the sixth, Valle, the third ranked prospect in the Phillies system, ripped an 0-1 slider from Paw Sox reliever Jose De La Torre in to center field scoring a pair to give the IronPigs the 2-1 lead.
Valle, a 22-year-old catcher, was making his Triple-A debut Thursday after being promoted from Reading on Wednesday. With the R-Phils this season Valle was hitting .261 with 13 home runs and 45 RBI.
Meanwhile, Cloyd turned in an outing IronPigs fans have grown accustomed to this season.
The 25-year-old IL All-Star won his franchise record seventh straight decision going seven innings allowing just one run on three hits and a walk. Cloyd has now allowed two earned runs or less in 14 of his 18 starts with Lehigh Valley this season while lasting as least six innings in all but one outing.
The only run surrendered by Cloyd came courtesy of an Andy LaRoche solo home run to dead center field to lead off the second inning that gave Pawtucket their first lead of the series.
After the home run, Cloyd would retire 18 of the last 19 batters he faced to finish off his outing.
Raul Valdes, on a Good Shepherd Major League Rehab appearance, struck out one in a spotless eighth inning before turning it over to Justin De Fratus in the ninth who worked around a leadoff single to earn his second save of the season for Lehigh Valley.
Leading 1-0, Pawtucket starter Chris Hernandez (1-1) was cruising into the sixth inning until Hector Luna's one-out line drive caught the southpaw in the foot as Luna reached on the infield single. Two batters later Pete Orr ripped a double to left putting runners on second and third with two outs for Valle who delivered in just his third Triple-A at-bat.
Cesar Hernandez was also making his Triple-A debut for the IronPigs on Thursday and he, too, picked up his first-career Triple-A hit with a single in the seventh inning.
The IronPigs and Paw Sox continue this six-game series from Pawtucket where they will play the final four games Friday-Monday. RHP B.J. Rosenberg (4-2, 2.00) will take the mound for Lehigh Valley opposite RHP Billy Buckner (3-5, 4.95) on Friday from McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, R.I.