Pigs hold off PawSox for third consecutive win

Lehigh Valley now 7-1 on the road this season

Yacksel Rios earned his first save of 2019 after tossing two innings to close out Wednesday's victory. (JJ Horvath)

By Mike Ventola / Lehigh Valley IronPigs | April 24, 2019 9:34 PM

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs' (14-4) 3-1 win over the Pawtucket Red Sox (7-11) Wednesday at McCoy Stadium cemented their best start in the team's 12-year history. Cole Irvin (2-0) led the charge as he pitched six scoreless innings and recorded seven strikeouts.

Andrew Romine hit an RBI single off Teddy Stankiewicz (0-1) in the top of the third inning that scored Shane Robinson and gave Lehigh Valley a 1-0 lead. Deivy Grullon added a sacrifice fly off Stankiewicz in the inning to extend the lead to 2-0. 

Dylan Cozens recorded a triple off Stankiewicz in the top of the fifth inning then scored on a throwing error by Josh Tobias that gave the Pigs a 3-0 lead. 

Pawtucket got a run off Yacksel Rios in the bottom of the ninth inning as Jantzen Witte hit an RBI single that scored Rusney Castillo. Rios earned his first save of the season by striking out Oscar Hernandez to end the game. 

Austin Davis extended his scoreless inning streak to 11 innings by pitching a scoreless bottom of the seventh inning. Grullon's 12-game on-base streak and 8-game hitting streak came to an end Wednesday night. 

The IronPigs play for the sweep at McCoy Stadium on Thursday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. The Pigs will return home Friday for a seven-game homestand against the Buffalo Bisons and Syracuse Mets. 

The 2019 IronPigs season is the team's 12th as the top affiliate for the Philadelphia Phillies and 12th at Coca-Cola Park. Follow the IronPigs on Twitter at @IronPigs and like them on Facebook via Facebook.com/LHVIronPigs

The 2019 IronPigs 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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