The IronPigs fell in their series opener to the Columbus Clippers 3-0 Tuesday night at Coca-Cola Park before 6,029 fans.
Clippers catcher Adam Moore hit a two-run home run in the top of the fifth inning to extend the Clippers lead to 3-0, and the Pigs never bounced back.
A lead off fielding error on Rhys Hoskins allowed Giovanny Urshella to reach as Hoskins did not fully catch Pigs short stop J.P. Crawford's throw. Two batters later, Moore sent his two-run home run to give the Clippers a 3-0 lead after five.
The Clippers notched their first run of the night in the top of the fourth inning as a lead-off double by Jason Kipnis led to an unearned run. Kipnis doubled to right field on a fly ball to right field that Pigs outfielder Nick Williams lost in the lights allowing Kipnis to reach. Kipnis then advanced to third on a passed ball with Chris Colabello at bat. Again with Colabello batting, a wild pitch by Pigs starter Jake Thompson allowed Kipnis to score to put the Clippers on top early 1-0 after four.
The Pigs had their chances to take an early lead, but left the bases loaded in the bottom of the first inning. After Roman Quinn grounded out, back-to-back singles by J.P Crawford and Jorge Alfaro which was followed by a walk to Dylan Cozens to load the bases with just one out in the inning.
In all the Pigs left nine men on base and hit 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and were limited to just four hits.
Pigs Starter Jake Thompson pitched well despite being tabbed with his third loss of the season. Thompson tossed five innings giving up three runs (one earned) on three hits while striking out six.
The Pig 'Pen gave the Pigs an opportunity to yet again come back from behind as the likes of Pat Venditte and Adam Morgan did not allow a run. The duo both pitched two innings a piece with Morgan surrendering just two hits and Venditte struck out four.
The series continues with game two Wednesday night at Coca-Cola Park with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Ricardo Pinto (0-1, 0.73) will start for the Pigs, and the Clippers will counter with right-hander Adam Plutko (0-1, 11.37). The first 3,000 fans 18 and older will receive a J.P. Crawford bobblehead giveaway presented by Tri-State Toyota Dealers Association, and it is also the first Ladies Night of the season.
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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