The IronPigs (55-35) and Rochester Red Wings (49-39) begin a four-game series tonight at Coca-Cola Park, first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
The Pigs will send RHP Ben Lively (6-1, 2.40) against Red Wings RHP Bartolo Colon (0-0, 0.00).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 affc.com.
RHP Ben Lively makes his 10th start of the season for the Pigs and first since May 27 against Louisville. Lively made seven starts with the Phillies, including getting the win in his Major League debut on June 3 against the San Francisco Giants.
RHP Bartolo Colon makes his first start in the minors since 2009 after spending the beginning of this season with the Atlanta Braves.
J.P. Crawford 's two-run home run in the fourth kick starts a five-run inning as the IronPigs (55-35) defeated the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (55-34) Sunday afternoon 5-2 at PNC Field.
With the Pigs trailing 2-0 going into the top of the fourth, Pedro Florimon walked to lead off the inning and then Crawford stepped to the plate. Crawford then sent an 0-2 pitch over the right field wall to tie the game at 2.
The Pigs were not done in the frame, as Dylan Cozens singled to right field and was followed by a walk to Andrew Pullin . Harold Martinez then reached on a fielding error by RailRiders second baseman Donovan Solano to load the bases for Logan Moore . Moore then bounced out to first baseman Cito Culver , however, Cozens scored from third to give the Pigs a 3-2 advantage.
Jorge Flores then capped off the rally with a two-run single to center, scoring Pullin and Moore to take the Pigs lead. Flores was then thrown out at second trying to stretch the single to a double to end the threat.
The RailRiders took their 2-0 advantage with a Billy McKinney solo home run to right in the bottom of the second inning and Matt Holliday then singled home Mason Williams in the third to take the 2-0 lead.
That is all that Pigs starter Zach Eflin would allow in his return from his disabled list stint. The right-hander tossed four 1/3 innings striking out five in his return before giving way to Edubray Ramos .
Ramos then pitched one 2/3 innings and did not allow a base runner while striking out a batter and earning his first victory of the season.
Jesen Therrien then pitched two scoreless innings fanning two batters while picking up his fifth hold for the Pigs.
The International League's saves leader, Pedro Beato , added yet another save to his season total with his 25th of the year. Beato issued just one hit, a lead-off single to Miguel Andujar before retiring the next three batters to preserve the Pigs 5-2 victory over the RailRiders.
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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