With the decision being made shortly before game time to push starting pitcher James Russell and the rest of the rotation back a day, Phil Klein got the start and the rest of the night was going to be up to the IronPigs bullpen. That plan went well off-track when the IronPigs tied it in the bottom of the ninth, swapped runs with the Charlotte Knights in the tenth and had to go 13 innings to get an 8-7 win.
The night ended with Nick Williams driving home Emmanuel Burriss, who had reached on an error to give the IronPigs the win. The top of the inning belonged to Brock Stassi, who had to move from his comfort zone at first base to pitch. Meanwhile, catcher Andrew Knapp took over for Stassi at first for the inning. Stassi got three groundball outs to keep the game tied and set things up for Burriss and Williams.
Down 6-5 going to the bottom of the ninth, Knapp reached with a one-out single and Stassi walked. Cedric Hunter singled to score Knapp, but Stassi was thrown out trying to reach third. Reliever Tommy Kahnle then got out of the inning, but the game was now going to extras.
Charlotte's Jason Bourgeois launched a two-out home run in the top of the tenth, but Lehigh Valley came back with a home run from Logan Moore to again tie the game. Moore's home run hit off the billboards well beyond the right field fence and was measured at 410 feet.
From there, neither team had a baserunner until the error on right fielder Louis Silverio, who dropped a routine fly ball to allow Burriss to reach second.
It's not the first time that Stassi has pitched. The 26-year old did some pitching when he was at the University of Nevada-Reno and has now made eight relief appearances in the minors, including three this season. He's thrown 9 1/3 shutout innings, allowing just four hits and two walks, while striking out eight hitters, while posting a 2-0 record.
Kansas City 2
WP: Vincent Velasquez (7-2), LP: Yordano Ventura (6-6), SV: none
HR: KC - Alex Gordon (6); PHI - Cameron Rupp (8), Cody Asche (3), Maikel Franco (14)
Franco went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored. Velasquez allowed five hits and two walks over six innings, giving up two earned runs and striking out seven.
WP: Gregory Infante (2-1), LP: John Simms (4-4), SV: Hoby Milner (3)
HR: HAR - none; RDG - Harold Martinez (8)
Jesmuel Valentin had four hits, including his fifth triple of the season, and scored two runs. Martinez and K.C. Serna each had three hits.
Brevard County 6
WP: Kodi Medeiros (4-7), LP: John Richy (2-4), SV: Jon Olczak (7)
HR: BRE - George Iskenderian (4); CLE - none
Chace Numata had three hits, falling just a home run shy of hitting for the cycle, for the Threshers.
WP: Ben Meyer (2-4), LP: Tyler Gilbert (4-7), SV: C.J. Robinson (14)
Edgar Garcia threw three innings of shutout relief for the BlueClaws.
WP: Alexander Kline (2-0), LP: Sam Perez (0-1), SV: Scott Harris (1)
HR: GRE - none; WMS - David Martinelli (2), Darick Hall (3)
Hall and Brett Barbier each had two hits, both of Barbier's were doubles.
The GCL Phillies were off on Sunday.
RHP Dalier Hinojosa activated from the DL (bruised hand) and optioned to Lehigh Valley.
INF Carlos Alonso reassigned to Reading.
RHP Nick Pivetta (right groin strain) placed on the DL.
RHP Jose Nin reassigned to the GCL Phillies.
LHP Austin Davis reassigned to Clearwater from Lakewood.
RHP Harold Arauz placed on the DL.