The IronPigs (1-3) fell 1-0 in game four of the first round, and were eliminated by the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (3-1)Sunday afternoon at PNC Field in Moosic, PA.
Pigs starter Jacob Waguespack was dealing in his Triple-A debut, as the right-hander surrendered just one run on three hits over seven innings. The Waco, TX native tossed six scoreless innings before issuing a leadoff home run to Mike Ford, giving the RailRiders a 1-0 lead.
The Ole Miss product was tabbed with the tough loss though he pitched brilliantly striking out seven batters while not issuing a run till the Ford home run.
In the top half of the seventh inning, Hector Gomez doubled to lead off the frame and give the Pigs a potential go-ahead run. After Dylan Cozens struck out, Nick Rickles sent a fly ball to right field that was recorded for an out by RailRiders outfielder Jake Cave. Gomez raced back to second to tag to third to put himself 90 feet away.
Unfortunately for the Pigs, Gomez was ruled out on appeal as second base umpire Ryan Clark called the third baseman out for leaving early to end the inning.
The game hinged with the RailRiders holding a 1-0 lead in the top of the ninth inning as Christian Marrero singled to center field to give the Pigs the tying run aboard. After Angelo Mora struck out, Brock Stassi flew out to center to bring the Pigs to their final out of the season. Gomez, who was called out on appeal in the seventh inning, laced a base hit to right field to keep a potential rally.
With two outs and two on, Dylan Cozens came on to try to extend the Pigs season. However, the slugging outfielder struck out to end the game and the Pigs season.
The Pigs finished their 2017 season at 80-62, good enough for their second-best season in franchise history tying the win total of the 2011 season but having two fewer losses.
The 2017 IronPigs baseball season was presented by Capital BlueCross. The IronPigs playoffs are presented by Provident Bank.
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