McBride slam powers Pigs past Mets

Eighth-inning grand slam puts series opener out of reach

Teammates greet Matt McBride at home plate after his grand slam gave the Pigs a six run cushion Tuesday night. (JJ Horvath/DPI)

By Mike Ventola / Lehigh Valley IronPigs | May 21, 2019 11:14 PM

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs (22-19) recorded 16 hits to beat the Syracuse Mets (24-19) 9-3 Tuesday night.

Syracuse jumped out to a 1-0 lead against Nick Pivetta (4-1) in the top of the first inning. Gregor Blanco scored on a sacrifice fly hit by Rene Rivera. Matt McBride tied the game at 1-1 for the IronPigs in the bottom of the second inning as he hit an RBI single off Corey Oswalt (4-1).

Mitch Walding broke the 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fourth as he hit a solo home run off Oswalt. The Mets answered with two runs in the top of the fifth inning off Pivetta as Rivera hit a two-run single to score Oswalt and Rajai Davis.

Deivy Grullon put the IronPigs back ahead by 4-3 in the bottom of the inning as he hit a two-run single to score Malquin Canelo and Lane Adams.

Pivetta left the game after five innings, in which he allowed three runs off three hits with four walks and five strikeouts. Seth McGarry pitched a scoreless top of the sixth inning while Austin Davis recorded two scoreless innings in relief of McGarry.

The Pigs scored five runs off Paul Sewald in the bottom of the eighth inning, highlighted by a Matt McBride grand slam.

Yacksel Rios pitched a scoreless top of the ninth inning to secure the win for Lehigh Valley.

The IronPigs and Mets play on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. against the 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

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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