Red Hot Pigs Go For 12th Straight Win

Pigs Continue To Build On Franchise-Record Win Streak

By Lehigh Valley IronPigs | May 17, 2017 1:20 AM ET

Rochester, NY - The IronPigs (25-13) and Rochester Red Wings (17-16) continue their four-game series with game three at Frontier Field with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

The Pigs will send RHP Ricardo Pinto (3-3, 5.35) against Rochester's LHP David Hurlbut (2-2, 1.59). 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 eighth start for the Pigs after having won his last outing against the Buffalo Bisons on May 11. The Guacara, VZ, native tossed 5 1/3 innings allowing five runs on eight hits while fanning four in the Pigs 10-7 comeback victory.

LHP David Hurlbut makes sixth start of the season after a no-decision in his last outing against the Pigs on May 10. The Fullerton, CA, native tossed six innings allowing just one run on seven hits in the Red Wings 2-1 loss at Coca-Cola Park.

Trailing 5-1 in the top of the fifth inning, Jorge Alfaro  snapped an 0-for-15 skid as he drilled a bases clearing three-run double to left field scoring Taylor Featherston Hector Gomez  and Pedro Florimon  to bring the Pigs within a run as they trailed 5-4. International League Batter of the Week Dylan Cozens  continued his torrid stretch as he unloaded on a 2-2 fastball and sent it over the right-field fence for a two-run blast to give the Pigs a 6-5 lead. The home run for Cozens is his league-leading 10th home run of the season.

The Pigs added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the eighth inning to push the Pigs to their 11th-straight victory, the most by a Phillies Triple-A affiliate since the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons had a 10-game streak in 1989.

In the top of the eighth, Gomez singled home Rhys Hoskins  to stretch the IronPigs lead to 8-5. Florimon then plated Featherston on line drive single to right to give the Pigs a 9-5 edge after eight.

For the ninth straight game, the Pigs out-hit their opponent and have not been out-hit in their last 13 games since May 3 at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. During the 13 game stretch, Lehigh Valley is batting .274 (112-409) with 12 home runs over the offensive outburst.

Though Pigs starter Ben Lively 's night did not start well, after surrendering five runs in the first three innings, he settled down and then retired the next nine batters to get through six innings of work. Lively picked up his fifth win despite surrendering five runs on six hits, the win also marks Lively's fourth-consecutive win.

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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