Cowgill delivers walk-off winner


By Matt Sabados / Lehigh Valley IronPigs | July 3, 2018 11:27 PM

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs needed extra innings for the second time in their last five games, and this time a long ball from Colin Cowgill gave the Pigs a 4-2 victory.

It was Cowgill's eighth home run of the season, and the fourth walk-off victory of 2018 for Lehigh Valley.

The Pigs offense was held without a hit in the first 4 2/3 against starter Tommy Milone. After Milone struck out the first two batters of the fifth, Matt McBride picked up the Pigs first hit of the game. One batter later, Danny Ortiz singled up the middle to tie the game at one. 

Tom Eshelman continued to pitch well for the Pigs allowing just one run in seven innings of work. Eshelman struck out seven and retired the final seven batters that he faced before being lifted in the eighth with the game tied. Eshelman has allowed one run or less in three of his last four starts and has a 2.66 ERA in those appearances.

The Chiefs' best chance to score came in the top of the eighth when they loaded the bases with no outs against Hector Neris. After issuing a pair of singles and a walk, Neris struck out the next three batters to escape the inning without allowing a run and keeping the score tied. 

The Chiefs pulled ahead in the top of the 10th when they were gifted a run via a wild pitch by Pedro Beato (3-2).

The Pigs will move on to Syracuse for the continuation of this home-and-home series with the Chiefs. Jacob Waguespack will make a start for Lehigh Valley following a promotion from Double-A Reading. First pitch will come from NBT Bank Stadium at 7:05 p.m.

While the Pigs return to Coca-Cola Park over the weekend for a series against the Rochester Red Wings, fans can still purchase tickets for the Fourth on the Field at Coca-Cola Park tomorrow.

The 2018 Season is the IronPigs' 11th season at Coca-Cola Park and 11th as the top affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. Fans can get closer to the team than ever before with a Bacon, USA membership -- a year-round IronPigs experience pass featuring numerous 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 the annual holiday party, and more. For more information, click here or call (610) 841-PIGS (7447).

The 2018 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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