The Lehigh Valley IronPigs rallied from an early 3-0 hole to defeat the Louisville Bats 7-6 on a windy Saturday night at Coca-Cola Park.
Five different Pigs drove in at least one run including Mitch Walding, who hit his first Triple-A home run.
The Pigs needed the whole order to get things done in Game 3 and take the series. The Pigs trailed by one Thursday evening before scoring 13 unanswered to win 13-1. On Friday, the Pigs came back from two runs down to win again. In Game 3, the Bats plated three runs in the second inning against Pigs starter Cole Irvin, who did not earn a decision in his first start at Coca-Cola Park.
The comeback started in the bottom half of the second when the Pigs began to chip away. Mitch Walding led off the inning with an opposite field home run to make it a 3-1 game. The Pigs added another in the bottom of the third, scoring on a two-out error by Bats' starter Domingo Tapias (0-1).
The Pigs scored four runs Friday night in the bottom of the fourth inning on four straight hits. Trailing by one, in the fourth Saturday night, the Pigs tallied four straight hits to score three runs and go on top. Nick Rickles capped off the rally with an RBI single that put the Pigs on top for good.
Needing some insurance, Dean Anna chased home Matt McBride with a one-out sixth-inning double to give the Pigs a two-run lead. Dylan Cozens followed with an RBI single to center, giving him a third consecutive multi-hit game.
Lehigh Valley came into the homestand averaging 2.6 runs and 6.2 hits per game. In their first three home games, the Pigs are averaging 9.7 runs and 13 hits per game.
Pedro Beato came on to record the final four outs of the game and earn his third save in as many attempts this season. Beato is now three saves away from becoming the IronPigs' all-time saves leader.
The Pigs go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon at 1:35 p.m. Enyel De Los Santos will make his first start at Coca-Cola Park looking for his first career Triple-A victory. The Pigs will honor No. 42 during "Jackie Robinson Day." The first 3,000 fans 18 and older will receive a Jackie Robinson Commemorative Glass. Sunday also marks the return of Kids Run the Bases presented by Lehigh Valley Children's Hospital.
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