Cozens and Pigs Put Power on Display

Dylan Cozens bats during a game against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders on April 27, 2018. (Photo courtesy Cheryl Pursell)

Trailing 5-0 Wednesday, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs launched five home runs to rally for an 8-6 victory over the Syracuse Chiefs. Dylan Cozens set a Pigs franchise record with three home runs in the game. Pedro Beato closed out the ballgame to record his sixth save of the season and tied Luis Garcia for the IronPigs’ all-time saves lead (39). 

Dylan Cozens sparked the Pigs rally in the bottom of the second. Leading off, Cozens lined an opposite field home run to put Lehigh Valley on the board. One pitch later, Joey Meneses belted his first career Triple-A home run into the Pig Pen and the deficit was down to three. 

The Pigs completed the comeback in the bottom of the third inning. After an RBI double by Mitch Walding, Cozens belted his second home run in as many at-bats to tie the game at five.

Ranfi Casimiro (3-0) surrendered a run in the top of the eighth inning to put the Chiefs up 6-5.

In eleven seasons, no IronPig had ever left the yard three times in a single game. With two outs in the eighth and facing John Simms, who had retired all eight hitters he had faced, Cozens blasted a towering solo home run to right-center field to tie the game at six and set the franchise record.

Joey Meneses followed with a two-out single off Simms before Andrew Pullin put the Pigs on top for the first time with a two-run blast to right field for his second hit of the game.

The Pigs matched a franchise-high with five home runs in the game and finished with eight of their eleven hits going for extra bases.

Cole Irvin allowed five runs in the first two frames but was dominant in his final five innings. Irvin did not earn a decision, but went a Pigs 2018 season-high seven innings and allowed just three Chiefs to reach in the final five innings.

Beato retired the side in order in the ninth and is now a perfect 6-for-6 in save opportunities this season. Beato, who set the Pigs’ single-season saves record with 33 in 2017 is now one away from becoming the all-time leader.

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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