IronPigs split doubleheader in Pawtucket

Ali Castillo now has a 12-game hitting streak

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By Mike Ventola / Lehigh Valley IronPigs | August 30, 2019 11:55 PM

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs (64-73) split their doubleheader with the Pawtucket Red Sox (58-79) on Friday evening. Pawtucket won the first game 6-4, while Lehigh Valley won the second game 7-4.

GAME 1

IronPigs starting pitcher Ramon Rosso (2-4) had his struggles as he allowed six runs off eight hits in 3 2/3 innings to receive his fourth loss of the season.

Rob Brantly did give Lehigh Valley a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning against PawSox starting pitcher Erasmo Ramirez (6-8). He hit an RBI single to score Jose Pirela. Pawtucket answered with two runs against Rosso in the bottom of the third inning as Michael Chavis hit a two-run home run.

Pirela tied the game at 2-2 by hitting a home run off Ramirez in the top of the fourth inning. Pawtucket proceeded to score four runs against Rosso in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 6-2 lead. C.J. Chatham hit a two-run single and Chavis hit his second two-run home run of the game.

The Pigs added two more runs to cut the lead 6-4 in the top of the sixth inning. Brantly hit an RBI single and Shane Robinson hit an RBI double. Bobby Poyner earned his sixth save of the season by pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief to close out the game.

GAME 2

Maikel Franco hit a two-run home run against Mike Shawaryn in the top of the first inning to give Lehigh Valley a 2-0 lead. Pawtucket tied the game at 2-2 against Jose Taveras in the bottom of the first inning as Tate Matheny hit a two-run single.

The PawSox took a 4-2 lead against Taveras and the IronPigs in the bottom of the second inning as Oscar Hernandez hit a two-run home run. Taveras pitched four innings before Fernando Salas pitched a scoreless fifth inning in relief.

Ali Castillo hit an RBI double off Shawaryn in the top of the fifth inning to score Malquin Canelo and cut the PawSox lead to 4-3. Lehigh Valley proceeded to score four runs off Domingo Tapia (4-4) in the top of the seventh inning to take a 7-4 lead. Deivy Grullon hit an RBI single, Austin Listi hit a sacrifice fly and Jose Pirela hit a two-run single. Connor Brogdon (3-1) pitched two scoreless innings in relief for his third win of the season.

The IronPigs and PawSox play at 6:15 p.m. from McCoy Stadium on Saturday evening.

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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