Irvin and pitching lead the way to win in Pawtucket
Cole Irvin spun six innings to a line of 3H/0R/2BB/7K tossing 89 pitches, 59 for strikes. Austin Davis and Yacksel Rios were able to close things down in the 3-1 win. The Pigs were short-handed due to pre-game call-ups to the Phillies, and OF Lane Adams sat out, possibly due to a minor injury suffered yesterday after getting hit by a pitch.
Here’s the official media report from the game, courtesy of Mike Ventola and IronPigs media services:
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs (14-4) 3-1 win over the Pawtucket Red Sox (7-11) at McCoy Stadium on Wednesday night cemented their best start in their 12-year history. Cole Irvin (2-0) led the charge as he pitched six scoreless innings and recorded seven strikeouts.
Andrew Romine hit an RBI single off Teddy Stankiewicz (0-1) in the top of the third inning that scored Shane Robinson and gave Lehigh Valley a 1-0 lead. Deivy Grullon added a sacrifice fly off Stankiewicz in the inning to extend the lead to 2-0.
Dylan Cozens recorded a triple off Stankiewicz in the top of the fifth inning then scored on a throwing error by Josh Tobias that gave the Pigs a 3-0 lead.
Pawtucket got a run off Yacksel Rios in the bottom of the ninth inning as Jantzen Witte hit an RBI single that scored Rusney Castillo. Rios earned his first save of the season by striking out Oscar Hernandez to end the game.
Austin Davis extended his scoreless inning streak to 11 innings by pitching a scoreless bottom of the seventh inning. Grullon’s 12-game on-base streak and 8-game hitting streak came to an end on Wednesday night.
The first place IronPigs are now 10 games over .500, and finish their four-game series in Rhode Island tomorrow with LHP Ranger Suarez likely to move up to pitch in place of the recalled Enyel De Los Santos. He’s still on regular rest due to the off day over Easter. Alternatively, they could go with RHP Tyler Viza in a spot start, especially because it’s a matinee with a 12:05PM first pitch. The IronPigs return home on Friday, and will attempt to dodge the raindrops as JoJo Romero or Ranger Suarez could slot in for the start in our first glimpse of the 2019 Buffalo Bisons, AAA affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays.
See you at the park,