‘Pigs Shutout Scranton in Doubleheader Sweep

Enyel De Los Santos pitches against Louisville in a game at Coca-Cola Park on April 15, 2018. (Photo courtesy Cheryl Pursell)

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs took both ends of a doubleheader Sunday against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at Coca-Cola Park.

The Pigs completed a three-game sweep of their in-state rivals, improving to 11-10 on the season and 4-2 in the Iron Rail Rivalry.

Game 1: Enyel De Los Santos improved to 2-0 after tossing 5 2/3 scoreless innings in Sunday’s early contest. A first-inning two-run home run by Danny Ortiz put the Pigs up 2-0 early. The blast would prove to be the game winner as the Pigs prevailed 4-0.

In his first season of Triple-A competition, the righty owns a 1.40 ERA in his first four starts. Now tied for the team lead in wins with Zach Eflin and Ranfi Casimiro, De Los Santos has 26 strikeouts, which ranks him in top 10 in the International League.

Lehigh Valley was held off the scoreboard for three innings after plating the game’s first two hitters. Chance Adams (0-2), tossed a complete-game six-hitter.

In the fifth, RBI singles by Roman Quinn and Dylan Cozens put the IronPigs up 4-0. The Pigs stole three bases in the ballgame – two by Quinn and one by Dean Anna. Quinn now has an IL-leading nine steals on the year.

Pedro Beato creeped one save away from tying for the IronPigs all-time saves lead after completing a four-out save for his fifth save of the season. Beato, who inherited two baserunners from De Los Santos in the sixth, needs one more save to tie Luis Garcia’s IronPigs record of 39 saves.

Game 2: Pitching picked up where it left off in the second game. The Pigs arms dominated the RailRiders’ offense in a 3-0 victory. Brandon Liebrandt, Seranthony Dominguez (1-0), Austin Davis and Tom Windle held the Railriders to just three of hits to complete the sweep.

Leibrandt made his first start of the season and dazzled in three innings of work. The lefty allowed just one hit and retired nine of the 11 batters that he faced. Leibrandt has yet to allow a run this season in his 14 innings of work.

Dominguez made his Triple-A debut after being promoted from Reading earlier this week. A member of the Phillies 40-man roster and the number-10 prospect in the Phillies organization according to Philly Baseball Insider, he pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Leibrandt to earn the victory. Dominguez struck out three and allowed just one baserunner.

The Pigs scored all three of their runs in the bottom of the fourth against RailRiders starter Ryan Bollinger (0-1). After being held hitless in the first three frames, the Pigs managed five baserunners – three off hits – to push across their trio of runs. RBI singles by Dylan Cozens and Trevor Plouffe put the Pigs up 2-0 before Nick Rickles rounded out the scoring with a sacrifice fly.

Tom Windle tossed a scoreless ninth inning to record his first save of the season.

The Pigs welcome the Syracuse Chiefs to Coca-Cola Park for three games beginning Monday night at 7:05.

Chuck Hixson

Chuck has a wide and varied background in covering sports both locally and nationally. Living in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Chuck has the distinction of being the only person to have covered both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Lehigh Valley Phantoms in every season of their existence. Chuck began covering sports in 1998 when he was the first program director and morning host at WTKZ-AM in Allentown, Pennsylvania when the station switched to an all sports format. Chuck produced the stations coverage of the Allentown Ambassadors baseball team, which played in the independent Northeast League. From there, Chuck was the editor and writer of Pinstripes magazine, covering Phillies baseball. That led to Chuck founding Philly Baseball Insider in 2003. Chuck has done freelance work for national entities such as USA TODAY, CBS, FOX Sports, Washington Times and others.

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