The IronPigs (24-13) picked up their sixth shutout victory of the season and their 17th 1-0 shutout victory in franchise history Monday night against the Rochester Red Wings (17-15) at Frontier Field.
The win matches the longest winning streak a Phillies triple-A affiliate has had since April of 2006 when the Triple-A affiliate was the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons.
The lone IronPigs run came in the top of the fourth inning as the Phillies top prospect J.P. Crawford led off the frame as he launched his first home run of the season over the right field to give the Pigs a 1-0 victory.
With their league-leading sixth shutout victory, the Pigs are now 11 games over .500 and at the time of print had a four game lead over the Buffalo Bisons.
Pigs starter Aaron Nola was brilliant in his second Major League rehab assignment as the right-hander tossed 6 1/3 innings allowing just two hits and one walk while fanning seven and picked up his first minor league win since he was an IronPig in 2015.
Nola found trouble in the bottom of the seventh as Tommy Field led off the seventh inning with a double to left to put the tying run aboard for the Red Wings. After Nola struck out Matt Hague, the newest IronPig Casey Fien replaced Nola and got ByungHo Park to pop out to Rhys Hoskins and struck out Daniel Palka to end the Red Wings threat.
IronPigs pitchers have not allowed an earned run in their last 33 innings pitched, the only exception being Tom Eshelman's two unearned runs in game one of Sunday afternoon's double header with Buffalo.
Pat Venditte then came on and pitched three-up-three-down eighth inning as his scoreless innings streak climbs to 18 2/3 innings.
Pedro Beato was then set to come on in the ninth inning as the right-hander notched his league-leading 10th save of the season. Beato struck out the first batter he saw in Engel Vielma, then got Zack Granite pop to third and Field to fly out to right to secure the Pigs 1-0 victory.
The Pigs and Red Wings continue their four-game series with game two tomorrow as right-hander Ben Lively (4-1, 2.48) will go for the Pigs and the Red Wings will send left-hander David Hurlbut (2-2, 1.59). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m at Frontier Field.
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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