The Bash Brothers of Rhys Hoskins and Dylan Cozens sparked a seven run rally in the bottom of the fifth inning to pull ahead for an eventual 8-4 victory over the Columbus Clippers Wednesday night at Coca-Cola Park.
Trailing 2-0, Hoskins led off the frame with a solo blast to left, putting the Pigs on the board to make the score 2-1 Clippers. After a Nick Williams ground rule double to right, Jesmuel Valentin put down a bunt and reached safely to put two runners on. After Logan Moore walked, Taylor Featherston roped a two-run double off the right field wall to give the Pigs a 3-2 lead.
J.P. Crawford was then given a free pass to load the bases for Jorge Alfaro. Alfaro would strike out to leave the bases loaded with two outs for Dylan Cozens.
Cozens then launched a towering grand slam to right field to cap off the Pigs seven run rally. It was the first time the Pigs had a seven run inning since June 11, 2016 vs. Durham, and Cozens grand slam was the first since the same date when former IronPig Darin Ruf launched a grand slam of his own.
The Pigs fell behind early as the Clippers notched single tallies in the third and the fourth to jump out to a 2-0 lead.
Clippers catcher and former IronPig Erik Kratz led off the Columbus third inning with a double to right field, setting up Ronny Rodriguez for a sacrifice fly that scored Kratz after he advanced to third on an errant pickoff attempt by Pigs starter Ricardo Pinto.
Tyler Naquin then came around to score after he led off the fourth inning for the Cippers. Giovanny Urshela would send a infield single that scored Naquin to put the Clippers on top 2-0.
After the Pigs seven-run fifth, Columbus responded with a solo home run by Richie Schaffer in the sixth to cut the Pigs lead to 7-3.
The Pigs added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh as Featherston, who led off the frame with a single, scored on an run scoring ground out by J.P. Crawford to give the Pigs a 8-3 lead.
Kratz then belted a home run to cut the Pigs lead in half at 8-4 in the top of the ninth, but the damage had been done and Michael Mariot shut the door on any potential Clippers comeback.
Ricardo Pinto (1-1, 1.47) picked up his first Triple-A win as he tossed six innings, allowing three runs (two of which earned) on seven hits and struck out five and gave up the home run to Shaffer.
The series will conclude Thursday morning at Coca-Cola Park as right-hander Nick Pivetta (2-0, 0.69) and the Clippers will send left-hander Shawn Morimando (0-2, 12.46). First pitch is scheduled for 10:35 a.m.
The 2017 Season is the IronPigs 10th Anniversary season at Coca-Cola Park and 10th as the top affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. The IronPigs are debuting the brand-new Bacon, USA, Membership Program this season -- a year-round IronPigs experience pass featuring numerous new amenities such as savings on parking at games and at the Majestic Clubhouse Store at Coca-Cola Park, on-field VIP access to watch batting practice, access to an annual holiday party, an invitation to an exclusive player and coaches photo session and more. For more information, visit ironpigsbaseball.com or call (610) 841-PIGS (7447). Memberships and group outings are on sale now.
The 2017 IronPigs baseball season is presented by Capital BlueCross.
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