Pigs Look To End Three-Game Skid

Eshelman On The Bump For The Pigs

By Lehigh Valley IronPigs | June 17, 2017 3:45 PM ET

The IronPigs (43-24) and Syracuse Chiefs (21-42) continue their three-game series tonight at Coca-Cola Park. The Pigs will where special Spider Man themed jerseys which will be auctioned off and there will also be postgame fireworks! First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.

The Pigs have dropped their last three games, their second such streak of the season as the team dropped three-in-a-row from April 12 through 14.

The Pigs will send RHP Tom Eshelman (4-1,1.56) against Chiefs RHP Dustin Antolin (2-2, 6.06).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 Tom Eshelman makes his eighth start of the season for the Pigs. In his last outing, the Carlsbad, Calif., native suffered his first loss of the season as he surrendered three runs (two earned) on seven hits in six 1/3 innings.

RHP Dustin Antolin makes his third start and 20th overall appearance tonight for the Chiefs. In his last outing, the Mililani, HI, native tossed three 2/3 innings, surrendered six runs on eight hits while striking out a pair.

The IronPigs surrendered 10 runs in the top of the ninth, and fell 17-9 to the Syracuse Chiefs Friday night before 10,100 fans at Coca-Cola Park. It marks the fourth-consecutive capacity sell out and fifth overall sell out this season.

Trailing 9-7 entering the top of the ninth, the Chiefs had a 10-run rally to defeat the Pigs 17-9. Pedro Beato  came on in the ninth to try to preserve the 9-7 advantage, however, the International League saves leader blew his first save since April 29, ending a streak of 16-consecutive saves.

The 10-run frame marked the most runs surrendered by the IronPigs pitching staff in a single game this season, the previous high was a seven-run first inning by the RailRiders on June 9. The third consecutive-loss ties a season-high losing streak for the Pigs as they dropped three straight from April 12 through the 14th.

13 batters came to the plate for the Chiefs ass Beato surrendered seven runs on three hits while issuing four walks and did not record an out.

Jesen Therrien  then came in relief of Beato and finished the game for the Pigs as he surrendered the final three runs of the game on three hits on a three-run home run by Brandon Snyder .

After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the first inning, Rhys Hoskins  launched his International League leading 15th home run to left field to tie the game at 1 after the first inning.

The Pigs then took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second inning on a Logan Moore  RBI single that scored Nick Williams  who led off the frame with a double to right.

Syracuse tied it in the top of the fourth, before the Pigs put up a three-spot in the bottom half to take their first lead of the game.

Dylan Cozens  walked to lead off the inning and later came around to score on a sacrifice fly to right field by Moore to give the Pigs a 3-2 lead. Angelo Mora  then roped a RBI single scoring Hector Gomez  to put Lehigh Valley on top 4-2. Mora then came around to score as Cameron Perkins  reached on a fielding error by the shortstop.

Cozens then batted again in the bottom of the fifth and extended the Pigs lead to 6-3 with a solo home run to center field. It marks the sixth time the Bash Brothers have homered in the same game this season, and the eighth time the duo has homered on the same day.

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.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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