Pigs Look To Knock Five-Game Skid

Leibrandt On The Mound For Pigs

By Lehigh Valley IronPigs | August 8, 2017 2:11 PM ET

The IronPigs (67-48) and Norfolk Tides (53-62) continue their three-game series Tuesday night. First pitch from Coca-Cola Park is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.  

The Pigs will send LHP Brandon Leibrandt (4-0, 1.95) against the Tides who will send LHP Jason Wheeler (5-2, 4.55). 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.

LHP Brandon Leibrandt makes his seventh start for the Pigs this season. In his last outing, Leibrandt tossed just four innings allowing one run on four hits with two strikeouts.

LHP Jason Wheeler makes his third start and eighth overall appearance for the Norfolk Tides. In his last outing he notched the save in two innings of relief, yielding just one hit.

The IronPigs (67-48) surrendered four late runs, and fell 4-2 to the Norfolk Tides (53-62) Monday night at Coca-Cola Park.

A three-run sixth inning was too much for the Pigs to overcome, as the Tides scored their three runs on three hits.

Chance Sisco  doubled to left center to lead off and was quickly singled home by Mike Yastrzemski  to trim the Pigs lead to 2-1.

Paul Janish  then sacrificed over both Yastrzemski and Luis Sardinas  into scoring position for Logan Schafer . Schafer hit a ball up the middle, off the glove of a diving Scott Kingery  who nearly made a great play to save a run. Unfortunately, the ball went off Kingery's glove and trickled into the outfield allowing both runners to score to give the Tides a 3-2 lead.

The Tides would add another run in the top of the eighth, as Sardinas led off the frame with a triple to left field. He was followed two batters later as Schafer hit a sacrifice bunt that scored Sardinas to up the Tides lead to 4-2.

Rhys Hoskins  tallied his league-leading 85th RBI, as he drilled a base hit to right-center field scoring J.P. Crawford  to give the Pigs a 1-0 lead.

Crawford returned the favor in the bottom of the fifth, after Kingery tripled Crawford laced a base hit to right giving the Pigs a 2-0 advantage.

Pigs starter Jake Thompson  tossed five 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on eighthits and was tabbed with the loss.

The loss marked a season-high fifth-consecutive loss for the Pigs, and it is the Pigs first five-game losing skid since August 11-15.

 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.

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