LV Opening Night 2022

‘Pigs win opener over Columbus

The 14th season of Lehigh Valley IronPigs baseball kicked off Tuesday night with the ‘Pigs picking up a 7-3 win over the Columbus Clippers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Guardians. The win was the first for new manager Anthony Contreras in his debut at the Triple-A level.

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OFFENSE: Lehigh Valley’s offense came out looking to score early, but they could not find the key hit they needed to push a run across. Leadoff hitter Dalton Guthrie led off the bottom of the first with a double down the third base line and moved to third on a wild pitch, but Kirk McCarty came back to put down the rally without a run scoring. Lehigh Valley again loaded the bags in the third, but this time with two outs and could not convert the opportunity into a run. In the seventh, the ‘Pigs finally broke through in a big way with five hits, drawing two walks and having a batter hit by a pitch. When all was said and done, Lehigh Valley had put seven runs on the board with the big blow coming from Ali Castillo, who doubled home two runs in the inning. Guthrie and third baseman Will Toffey each had two hits on the night.

HR: CLB – Fermin (1), Fry (1); LV – none

PITCHING: James Marvel got the start for Lehigh Valley and threw three shutout innings, allowing two hits and two walks to go with three strikeouts. Jakob Hernandez picked up the rare four strikeout inning when Ike Freeman reached on a strikeout/wild pitch in the fourth. Hernandez was hit for three earned runs in 2/3 of an inning in the fifth to finish his night. Jake Newberry, Kyle Dohy, Tyler Cyr, and Nick Duron all had scoreless outings for the IronPigs.

WP – Cyr (1-0), LP – Pinto (0-1), SV – none

Pigs notes: Much of the latter part of the game was played in a steady rainfall, making for cold, damp conditions… Lehigh Valley finished the night going just 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position and stranded 14 baserunners… Darrick Hall and Dalton Guthrie were the only two players in the lineup who were actually drafted by the Phillies. Hernandez and Dohy were the only pitchers used in the game that were originally drafted by the Phils. The Lehigh Valley roster only has six players that have spent their entire minor league career with Philadelphia.

On The Agenda: The two teams match up Wednesday night for game two of the six-game series. Payton Battenfield makes his first start of the year for Columbus and Lehigh Valley will counter with Michael Mariot, who pitched in 71 games as a reliever in 2016 and 2017 and also made it to the majors with Philadelphia in 2016, pitching in 42 games. Last season, Mariot pitched for Triple-A Louisville and with Cleburne in independent league baseball.


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