CHARLOTTE, NC - The IronPigs earn a series split by taking game four from the Charlotte Knights 8-6, winning six of eight games on this South Division road trip.
3B Reid Brignac was the hero of Wednesday's game with an eleventh inning homerun, and led the Pigs to victory again with a pair of three-run homeruns on Thursday. The Louisiana gave Lehigh Valley an early three-run lead by blasting his first bomb of the day in the first inning off rehabbing RHP Felipe Paulino. Brignac's second homer also came off the Knights starter, and extended the IronPigs lead to 7-1 in the third inning.
After not hitting a longball in 65 at-bats, Brignac's three homeruns in the last two games came in three consecutive trips to the plate. The former 2nd round pick of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays has now hit safely in 17 of his last 20 games, batting .329 over that span, including four homeruns and 19 RBI.
Brignac was one of five IronPigs to have multiple hits in Thursday's 12-hit attack, with 1B Maikel Franco, SS Ronny Cedeno and outfielders Tyler Henson and Tyson Gillies each tallying two hits in the series finale. Henson has amounted ten hits over his current five-game hitting streak, including three homeruns of his own and ten RBI.
RHP Brad Lincoln got the nod from Manager Dave Brundage, making a start in place of RHP David Buchanan. The University of Houston product spun four solid innings allowing two runs (1 er) on four hits while striking out three. This was Lincoln's seventh game, and second start as an IronPig, and he now owns a 3.86 ERA in 18.2 innings pitched.
LHP Jeremy Horst was given credit for the win after pitching two scoreless innings in relief of RHP Phillippe Aumont, who allowed four runs (3 er) in two innings on two hits and three walks. LHP Cesar Jimenez threw a scoreless ninth inning to earn his first save of the season.
The IronPigs return to Coca-Cola Park on Friday night to take on the Gwinnett Braves for a four-game series. LHP Greg Smith will make his sixth start of 2014 and will be opposed by RHP Gus Schlosser. The IronPigs pegged Schlosser for four runs in three and one-third innings in his only IL outing of the season, an 11-7 IronPigs victory. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05, on a Fireworks Friday Night.