Eshelman Goes For Third Straight Win

Right-Hander Has Not Yielded An Earned Run

By Lehigh Valley IronPigs | May 19, 2017 11:32 PM ET

Syracuse, NY - The IronPigs (27-14) and Syracuse Chiefs (13-24) continue their three-game series with game two at 1:05 p.m. today at NBT Bank Stadium.

The Pigs will send RHP Tom Eshelman (2-0, 0.00) against Syracuse RHP A.J. Cole (1-1, 8.31). Today's starting pitching matchup is presented by Allentown Family Foot Care, which provides the latest in medical and surgical treatments of the entire foot and ankle. Learn more at

RHP Tom Eshelman makes his third Triple-A start with the Pigs after picking up his second win in as many games in his last game on May 14 in game two of the doubleheader with the Buffalo Bisons. Eshelman has yet to yield an earned run for the Pigs, and issued just two unearned runs in his complete game against the Bisons in the Pigs 7-2 win.

RHP A.J. Cole makes his sixth start for the Chiefs this season and has yielded 20 earned runs in just five starts. In his last outing on May 15 against the Bisons, Cole did not factor into the decision as he only went 2 2/3 innings as he surrendered six runs on five hits in the Chiefs 8-6 loss.

A Jorge Alfaro infield single scored Hector Gomez to give the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (27-14) a 3-2 win in 10 innings over the Syracuse Chiefs (13-24 ) Friday night at NBT Bank Stadium.

After Gomez led off the top of the 10th inning with a triple down the right field wall to put the go-ahead run 90 feet away, Roman Quinn and J.P. Crawford both struck out and the Pigs were down to one out in the inning. Alfaro then bounced an infield single back to the pitcher that scored Gomez to give the Pigs the 3-2 lead heading to the bottom half of the inning.

International League save leader Pedro Beato then came on to close out the Pigs win. After Pedro Severino grounded out to Beato, Corban Joseph singled to center to bring the winning run to the plate. Beato regained composure and struck out Grant Green and Adrian Sanchez bounced into a force out to second to end the game.

Pat Venditte picked up his fourth win of the season as he tossed yet another scoreless inning to up his scoreless innings total to 22 innings. After surrendering a lead-off single to Irving Falu, Vendite got two quick outs before intentionally walking Brandon Snyder to keep a force out in play. Venditte then struck out Robinson to end the Chiefs threat and keep the game tied at 2.

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The 2017 IronPigs baseball season is presented by Capital BlueCross.

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