Thompson, Pigs Look To Rebound Against Knights

Right-Hander Making 20th Start For Pigs

By Lehigh Valley IronPigs | August 12, 2017 3:00 PM ET

The IronPigs (68-51) and Charlotte Knights (49-62) continue their four-game series with game three Saturday night. First pitch from Coca-Cola Park is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.  

The Pigs will send RHP Jake Thompson (4-12, 5.35) against the Knights who will send RHP Chris Volstad (2-8, 5.91). 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

RHP Jake Thompson makes his 20th start for the Pigs this season. The right-hander suffered his 12th loss of the season in his last outing on August 7 against the Norfolk Tides. In the outing, the Dallas native surrendered three runs on eight hits over five 1/3 innings while striking out five.

RHP Chris Volstad makes his 15th start and 24th overall appearance for the Knights. In his last outing against the Pawtucket Red Sox on August 7, the Palm Beach Gardens, FL native tossed six innings, allowing seven runs (six earned) on nine hits.

The IronPigs (68-51) surrendered three home runs and fell to the Charlotte Knights (48-70) Friday night at Coca-Cola Park before 9,345 fans.

Rob Brantly  hit two home runs, including a two-run homer to lead the Knights to a 5-2 lead over the Pigs.

Brantly hit his first of his pair of homers, as he led off the top of the fourth inning with a solo home run to right field to give Charlotte a 1-0 lead.

The Pigs stormed back to reclaim the lead in the bottom of the frame. J.P. Crawford  doubled home Scott Kingery , who led off the inning with a single, to tie the game at one. Crawford would advance to third on a base hit from Cameron Perkins , and would then score on a sacrifice fly by Brock Stassi  to give the Pigs a 2-1 lead.

Former IronPig Cody Asche  would take the lead back for the Knights, as he lifted a two-run home run in the top of the fifth inning to take a 3-2 lead.

Pigs starter Jose Taveras , who had not allowed an earned run in his first 14 innings of Triple-A baseball was tabbed with the loss as he surrendered three runs on six hits over six innings.

Joey DeNato  would surrender the two-run home run by Brantly, and surrendered the two runs on one hit in his inning of work before giving way to Alexis Rivero .

Rivero would toss the final two innings and did not yield a hit while striking out a pair.

 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 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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