Nick Williams launched his 14th home run of the season, and the IronPigs (44-24) picked up a 5-2 victory over the Syracuse Chiefs (21-43) Saturday night before 10,100 fans at Coca-Cola Park. It marks the fifth-consecutive capacity sell out and sixth overall capacity sell out this season.
With a 4-2 advantage in the bottom of the sixth, Williams launched a lead-off home run to give the Pigs a 5-2 advantage. The home run is Williams 12th home run since May 17, which is tied for most in all of baseball with Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger.
The Pigs jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third as Pedro Florimon plated Angelo Mora on a RBI single.
Syracuse however answered in the top of the fourth, as Adrian Sanchez hit a two-run home run to left-center field to give the Chiefs a 2-1 edge.
The Pigs roared back in the bottom half, rallying for a three-run inning to give the Pigs a 4-2 advantage. Back-to-back singles from Brock Stassi and Jorge Alfaro jumpstarted the inning, before Dylan Cozens walked to load the bases for Rhys Hoskins. Hoskins then sent a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Stassi to tie the game at 2. Mora then followed with a two-run single to bring both Alfaro and Cozens in to score.
Pigs starter Tom Eshelman gave up just the two-run home run over seven strong innings, surrendering just six hits while striking out three while picking up his fifth win of the season.
Eshelman gave way to Milner in the eighth inning, as the left-hander tossed a scoreless frame to set up International League saves leader Pedro Beato.
A night after blowing his first save since April 29 and surrendering seven runs without recording an out, Beato surrendered just one hit in the final frame to preserve the IronPigs 5-2 victory. It marks the 21st save of the season for Beato, placing him in fourth place on the IronPigs single-season saves list.
The series concludes with the rubber match of the three-game series with the Syracuse Chiefs Sunday afternoon at Coca-Cola Park. The Pigs will send right-hander Mark Leiter (0-0, 6.92) and the Chiefs will send right-hander Dustin Antolin (5-6, 2.73 with Double-A Harrisburg). First pitch is scheduled for 1:35 p.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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