Five Pigs Homer In 13-1 Rout Of Bats

Williams Has Homered In 6 Of Last 11 Games

(Cheryl Pursell)

By Lehigh Valley IronPigs | May 27, 2017 10:27 PM

The IronPigs (33-15) equaled a franchise-record five home runs in a 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats (16-31) in front of 9,988 fans Saturday night at Coca-Cola Park.

Pedro Florimon, Cameron Perkins, J.P. Crawford, Taylor Featherston and Nick Williams each hit home runs, with Perkins and Featherston's of the two-run variety.

Perkins and Crawford would go back-to-back for the Pigs in the fourth, the first time the Pigs have hit back-to-back home runs this season and the first time since Jesmuel Valentin and Peter Bourjos went back-to-back.

The Pigs would go back-to-back a second time in the eighth inning as Featherston and Williams both hit homers. It is the first time in franchise history that the Pigs have had back-to-back home runs twice in the same game.

Florimon jump started the Pigs offense in the bottom of the third inning as he sent a leadoff home run to left field on a 2-2 count to give the Pigs a 1-0 advantage. Perkins then doubled to center and was plated by the next batter in Crawford with an RBI single off the right field wall, and the Pigs led 2-0 after 3.

A six-run fourth inning was highlighted by the back-to-back home runs of Perkins and Crawford to end the six-run frame. The inning began with back-to-back hits from Rhys Hoskins, and a double by Dylan Cozens put two runs in scoring position for Williams. Williams then roped a two-run broken bat single up the middle scoring both Hoskins and Cozens to double the Pigs lead to 4-0. Perkins then hit his two-run bomb to left-center field to make it a 7-0 game, before Crawford followed with his second home run of the season with a solo shot to right field to cap the Pigs six-run frame and give them an 8-0 advantage.

The Pigs added a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to take a 10-0 lead. Williams struck again as he drilled a RBI double to right to plate Cozens who doubled to lead off the frame. Jorge Alfaro then singled to right, scoring Williams from second to give the Pigs a 10-0 lead after seven.

Pigs starter Ben Lively was brilliant once again picking up his sixth win of the season surrendering just one unearned run in the top of the eighth inning as the Bats scored on a Jesse Winker RBI single after a fielding error by Jorge Flores earlier in the inning.

Despite the run, Lively has now tossed 17 consecutive innings without yielding an earned run and has not lost a decision since his second start of the year in a 6-1 loss on April 14 to the Pawtucket Red Sox.

The Pigs added three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning on the Featherston two-run homer, which was immediately followed by Williams solo shot to left. For Williams, he has now homered in six out of his last 10 games after hitting just two home runs in his first 22 games.

Ricardo Pinto came on to pitch the ninth inning for the Pigs and allowed two hits, but got himself out of trouble and preserved the Pigs 13-1 victory.

With the win the Pigs have won a franchise-record 21 games in a month after the Pigs previously won 20 games in June of last season and have now won 19 of their last 21 games.

Game three of the four-game set with the Bats is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. Sunday night at Coca-Cola Park. The Pigs will send right-hander Nick Pivetta (4-0, 1.04) and the Bats will send right-hander Vin Mazzaro (0-1, 20.25). 

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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