Pigs drop finale in Moosic

Team returns to Coca-Cola Park on Tuesday to open six-game homestand

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By Mike Ventola / Lehigh Valley IronPigs | August 4, 2019 4:46 PM

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs (53-58) led the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (64-49) after the first inning, but saw the lead go away as the game went on. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre defeated Lehigh Valley 12-5 and sent the Pigs home losing two out of three games.

Deivy Grullon hit a three-run home run off Jonathan Loaisiga in the top of the first inning to give the Pigs a 3-0 lead. The game then shifted in the RailRiders favor in the bottom of the third inning. Gosuke Katoh homered off Ramon Rosso (1-2) to get things started then Thairo Estrada hit an RBI single to score Billy Burns. Ryan McBroom capped off the inning with a two-run home run to give the RailRiders a 4-3 lead.

Erik Kratz hit a three-run home run off Rosso in the bottom of the fifth lead to extend Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's lead to 7-4. Rosso allowed seven runs (three home runs) in 4 1/3 innings, before Seth McGarry pitched 2 2/3 innings in relief.

The Pigs did get two runs off Adonis Rosa (4-0) in the top of the seventh inning to cut the RailRiders lead to 7-5. Phil Gosselin hit an RBI double and Grullon brought in Gosselin via an RBI single. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre extended their lead to 10-5 off McGarry in the bottom of the seventh inning. Kratz hit a sacrifice fly to score Tyler Wade and Katoh hit a two-run single.

The former IronPig, Kratz struck again in the bottom of the eighth inning as he hit a two-run single off JD Hammer to give the RailRiders a 12-5 lead. Kratz turned in six RBI - a season best for the former IronPig.

The IronPigs return to action on Tuesday as they begin a six-game homestand at Coca-Cola Park. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. against the Louisville Bats

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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