The IronPigs (26-14) 12-game winning streak came to an end with a 10-8 loss to the Rochester Red Wings (18-17)Thursday afternoon at Frontier Field.
Despite taking a 7-1 lead after the second inning, the Red Wings rallied for six runs in the fourth and three in the fifth to end the Pigs longest winning streak in franchise history.
The Pigs got the tying run aboard in the top of the ninth in dramatic fashion. A one-out walk to Roman Quinn brought the tying run to the plate in J.P. Crawford. Crawford then singled on a pop up to the catcher Mitch Garver that landed fair and both Crawford and Quinn were safe. Rhys Hoskins then lined out to left and Dylan Cozens struck out to end the game and the Pigs win streak.
A seven run second inning put the Pigs on top in the second inning as the Pigs smacked a season-high six hits in the inning while tying their most runs in an inning. The rally began with a Dylan Cozens solo home run to right field to tie the game at 1. Pedro Florimon then notched his seventh consecutive base hit, a franchise record, when he laced a run scoring double that plated Taylor Featherston to give the Pigs the early lead. Logan Moore then scored Nick Williams on a fly ball to center that allowed Florimon to get to third as the Pigs extended their lead to 3-1. Rhys Hoskins then capped the inning off with a grand slam to left to give the Pigs a commanding 7-1 lead.
Rochester then rallied for a six-run fourth inning to tie the game at 7 and end the night for Pigs starter Mark Appel. Matt Hague sent a one-out solo home run to left-center field to start the Red Wings rally. Engelb Vielma then singled home Tommy Field to narrow the Pigs lead to 7-3. Zack Granite was then hit by a pitch with the bases loaded allowing J.B. Shuck to score. After a wild pitch from Appel with the bases loaded allowed Niko Goodrum to score, Mitch Garver then drove home Vielma and Zack Granite to tie the game at 7.
Michael Mariot then replaced Appel and limited the rest of the damage as he induced a force out at second and then ByungHo Park grounded into a double play to end the inning.
The Red Wings rally caps were on again in the bottom of the fifth inning as a sacrifice fly by Shuck was sent to center, however, the ball was dropped by Quinn which allowed Field to score to give the Red Wings an 8-7 lead.
Zack Granite then singled home Shuck and Goodrum later in the inning to extend the Red Wings lead to 10-7.
Hoskins then tried to ignite a Pigs rally in the top of the seventh as he hit a one-out solo home run to left, his 12th of the season, to narrow the Pigs deficit to 10-8. The rally was short lived, as Cozens and Featherston both grounded out to thwart any type of Pigs rally.
Mariot was charged with his second loss of the season as he surrendered three runs (two earned) on four hits in just an inning of relief for the Pigs.
On the day, Hoskins bashed two home runs for the second time this season and tied his team season-high five RBI in the Pigs 10-8 loss.
Though the Pigs lost the winning streak and the final game of the series, they have won 12 out of their last 13 and have not lost a series since losing two-out-of-three games to the Toledo Mud Hens to end the month of April.
The Pigs will now travel to Syracuse, NY to face the Chiefs in a four-game series beginning Friday night at 6:35 p.m. from Alliance Bank Stadium. The Pigs will send right-hander Jake Thompson (2-5, 5.46) and the Syracuse Chiefs will counter with right-hander Austin Voth (1-4, 5.03).
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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