BY MICHAEL HAMMOND | Minor League Knocks
Aug. 7, 2017 | Norfolk Tides 4, Lehigh Valley IronPigs 2 | International League (AAA)
ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The Norfolk Tides scored four in the late innings to overcome a 2-0 defict against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs for a 4-2 win at Coca-Cola Park on Monday in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
While the Tides threatened with five runners left in scoring position in the first three innings, it was Lehigh Valley who broke through on the scoreboard first. Top Philadelphia Phillies prospect, J.P. Crawford, doubled with one out in the third and was immediately driven home by Rhys Hoskins.
Two innings later, it was Crawford driving in Scott Kingery after a leadoff triple. This gave the IronPigs a 2-0 lead and knocked Norfolk starter, Gabriel Ynoa out of the game one batter later.
The next half inning, the Tides rallied back to take their first lead of the night. Baltimore Orioles top prospect, Chance Sisco, led the inning off with a double then scored on a single from Mike Yastrzemski, grandson of Red Sox great Carl Yastrzemski. After a Paul Janish sac-bunt, Yastrzemski and Luis Sardians came around on a Logan Schafer single to go up 3-2.
While Pigs starter Jake Thompson was responsible for the runners and was credited for the runs, he came out of the ballgame still up 2-1. Switch-pitching Pat Venditte came in after Janish’s bunt and gave up the two-run single to Schafer. Thompson has struggled this year to the tune of a 4-12 record with a 5.35 ERA.
Norfolk added an insurance run on a Schafer squeeze bunt in the eighth, his third RBI of the game.
Richard Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth to get the save for the Tides. This was the first three-up-three-down inning for the IronPigs, who left 12 runners on base and six in scoring position.
Lehigh Valley sits in the wild card spot for the International League, but they have dropped their last five games and sit just two games ahead of the Rochester Red Wings.
Norfolk Tides (53-62) 000 003 010 – 4 10 0
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (67-48) 001 010 000 – 2 8 0
8/7 Norfolk 4, Lehigh Valley 2
8/8 Norfolk at Lehigh Valley
8/9 Norfolk at Lehigh Valley
Norfolk Tides (BAL)
#1 Chance Sisco 2/5, R, 2 2B, K .278/.343/.397, 4 HR, 39 RBI
#22 Stefan Crichton 2.1 IP, H, 2 BB, K
Lehigh Valley IronPigs (PHI)
#1 J.P. Crawford 2/4, R, RBI, 2B, SB, BB, K .231/.346/.394, 12 HR, 48 RBI
#6 Rhys Hoskins 2/5, RBI, SB, 2 K .281/.385/.568, 27 HR, 85 RBI
#9 Scott Kingery 1/5, R, 3B, K .293/.329/.467, 5 HR, 15 RBI
#10 Dylan Cozens 1/4, BB, 2 K .220/.306/.435, 23 HR, 63 RBI
Coca-Cola Park is one of the newer ballparks in the minors in its 10th year of existence. It was built for the IronPigs after they were moved from Ottawa after the Phillies took over as the major league affiliate. LV was previously called the Ottawa Lynx. The stadium has closed bullpens beyond the left field fence and has seats for fans in between the bullpen and field. There is a large picnic area down the left field fence and a bar area overlooking the bullpens. Moving from left to right, there is an outfield berm in left center for fans and smaller bar atop the right field fence.
It was Dog Day at Coca-Cola Park on Monday with $1 hot dogs and dogs allowed into the stadium on the berm.
Mahoning Valley Scrappers at Aberdeen IronBirds on 8/8.