For Andrew Knapp and the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, it was an RBI single in the 11th inning that gave them a walk-off win and a three-game sweep of the Gwinnett Braves. In Lakewood, Josh Tobias provided the heroics with a two-run single in the bottom of the 9th in Lakewood's 5-4 win over Kannapolis.
The IronPigs got eight innings of one-run ball from starter Jake Thompson, saving an already weary bullpen from having to log too many innings. Thompson also drove in the 'Pigs first run of the night with an RBI groundout in the third inning that tied the game 1-1. Edward Mujica pitched the ninth and Frank Herrmann threw two innings for Lehigh Valley to get the win as the IronPigs completed a three-game sweep of the G-Braves and moved to within one game of second place Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the IL North. Lehigh Valley is 2 1/2 games behind Rochester for the division lead.
In the Lehigh Valley ninth, Emmanuel Burriss led off with a base-hit and was bunted to second by Darnell Sweeney. One out later, David Lough was given an intentional walk and J.P. Crawford was hit by a pitch to load the bases, setting up Knapp for the heroics. Knapp, Burriss and Cedric Hunter each had two hits for the IronPigs.
A wild ninth inning ended with Lakewood picking up a 5-4 win over the Kannapolis Intimidators. The 'Claws led 3-2 going into the ninth, but Kannapolis got two runs in the top of the inning off Edgar Garcia, who picked up his first blown save attempt of the season. The BlueClaws weren't intimidated though and came up with a come from behind win in the bottom of the inning, that started with Carlos Duran getting a one-out double. Damek Tomscha pinch-hit for Emmanuel Marrero and drew a walk. Zack Coppola reached on a fielder's choice groundball to short leaving runners on the corners with two outs. Coppola stole second and Jiandido Tromp worked a walk to load the bases for Tobias, who lined a single to center to score Duran and Coppola, giving Lakewood the win and sending Kannapolis to their eighth straight loss.
While Garcia (1-0) may have blown the save, he was credited with the win after the comeback. Drew Anderson lasted six innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits, issuing no walks, and striking out two batters. Yeimison Peralta (0-4) took the loss for the Intimidators.
WP: J.A. Happ (8-3), LP: Aaron Nola (5-6), SV: none
HR: TOR - Edwin Encarnacion (18), Michael Saunders (12), Kevin Pillar 2 (7), Devon Travis (2); PHI - none
Nola's last two starts: 0-2, 13.49 ERA; 6 2/3 IP, 15 H, 10 ER, 4 BB, 8 K
WP: Mark Leiter (3-0), LP: Sam Howard (0-1), SV: Joely Rodriguez (1)
HR: RDG - Jesmuel Valentin (4); HRF - David Dahl (13)
Valentin 3-for-5, two runs scored; five-game hitting streak (9-for-22) .409
Reading won their tenth straight game.
WP: Sean Reid-Foley (1-0), LP: John Richy (1-2), SV: none
HR: DUN - Jonathan Davis (9), Gunnar Heidt (2); CLW - none
Two hits for Andrew Pullin.