Pinto Looks To Build Off Last Start

Still Searching For First Triple-A Win

By Eric Hall / Lehigh Valley IronPigs | April 19, 2017 12:03 PM ET

The IronPigs continue their three-game set with the Columbus Clippers in game two Wednesday night at Coca-Cola Park. 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 Pigs will start RHP Ricardo Pinto (0-1, 0.73) and the Columbus Clippers will counter with RHP Adam Plutko (0-1, 11.37). 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 Ricardo Pinto makes his third start of the season after not allowing an earned run on April 13 against the Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Against the RailRiders, the Guacara, VZ native went 7.0 innings allowing the one unearned run on six hits and struck out five in a 2-1 loss. The right-hander went 7-6, 4.10 in 27 G, 25 GS (156.0 IP/ 71 ER). Pinto is also regarded as the Phillies No. 17 prospect by MLB Pipeline.

RHP Adam Plutko makes his third start of the season, with both being against the Louisville Bats. In his last outing against the Bats, the Upland, Calif., native tossed just 3.2 innings while surrendering five earned runs on six hits and he walked four. Plutko picked up his first loss of the 2017 season after not factoring into the decision in his season debut on April 8. The UCLA product made his Major League debut with Cleveland in a relief appearance against the Chicago White Sox on Sep. 24, 2016 (n/d, 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 2 K, in a 8-1 loss). While at UCLA, Plutko went 29-10 with a 2.26 ERA in three seasons (2011-2013) and guided the Bruins to a National Championship in the 2013 College World Series.

The Pigs will look to get back on the winning track after losing game one of the series Tuesday night 3-0 at Coca-Cola Park.

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.

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, 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 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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