Beato Sets ‘Pigs Mark for Career Saves

Pedro Beato tossed a scoreless ninth inning, recording his seventh save of the season and passing Luis Garcia as the IronPigs’ all-time saves leader with 40. A three-run blast by Joey Meneses in the top of the second inning proved to be the game winner in the Lehigh Valley IronPigs’ 5-2 victory in Rochester.

Beato tied Luis Garcia for the Pigs’ all-time saves lead after closing out Wednesday morning’s game against the Syracuse Chiefs. Already the single-season saves leader with 33, Beato tossed a scoreless ninth inning and struck out one to record his record-breaking save.

Brandon Leibrandt continued his dominant 2018 campaign for Lehigh Valley. Entering with a 14-inning scoreless streak to begin the season, Leibrandt continued to keep International League bats at bay, tossing four scoreless innings and allowing just four hits while walking one.

The Pigs got on the board first when Meneses hit his second homer in as many days. This one was a three-run blast and put the IronPigs up 3-0 against Red Wings starter Aaron Slegers (2-1).

The Red Wings responded with two runs off Jake Thompson in the bottom of the fifth to make it a one-run game. Meneses countered with another RBI in the sixth before Roman Quinn extended his hitting streak to nine with a seventh-inning solo home run. Quinn is now one game away from matching Dean Anna (10) for the longest hitting streak by a Pig this season.

Meneses went 3-for-4 with four RBI, improving his batting average to a team-leading .328.

Tom Windle (1-1) earned his first career Triple-A victory after tossing two perfect innings.

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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