For most of the game Saturday night, Adam Morgan was making pitching just look way too easy. The left-hander was putting down one hitter after another, and struck out 11 batters in the game on his way to picking up his sixth win with Lehigh Valley in a 7-2 IronPigs win. Morgan didn't allow a baserunner until there were two outs in the seventh and Trevor Plouffe, who is with Rochester on a major league rehab, jettisoned a pitch into the left field seats to ruin the perfect game and the shutout. Plouffe would get Morgan again in the ninth when he doubled to right to drive in Rochester's second run of the night, and this time, Plouffe's hit ended the outing for Morgan at 8 2/3 innings and 107 pitches.
Dalier Hinojosa came on to get the final out, striking out Byungho Park to end the game.
The IronPigs have a rehabbing major leaguer of their own in Peter Bourjos, who also homered in the game. Just ahead of Bourjos' home run, Lehigh Valley got some power from a somewhat surprising source in Jesmuel Valentin, who put a pitch from Andrew Albers into the bullpen in left field for his first home run of the season. The back-to-back shots put Lehigh Valley up 5-0.
The IronPigs got to Albers in the first inning with two outs. Nick Williams singled and Darin Ruf walked to put runners on first and second. Andrew Knapp came through with a big two-out hit to make it 1-0 and after a walk to Cam Perkins, Cedric Hunter singled to center to score Ruf and Knapp and give the IronPigs a quick 3-0 start.
The same group of players would put the game away in the eighth when Perkins tripled to drive in a run and Hunter followed with a base-hit to make it 7-1.
With the win, Lehigh Valley remains two games behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the division race and 4 1/2 games ahead of Rochester for the wild card.
San Diego 9
WP: Buddy Bauman (1-0), LP: Jake Thompson (0-1), SV: none
HR: PHIL - Ryan Howard (16), Jimmy Paredes (4); SD - none
Jake Thompson: 4 1/3 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
Reading 1 (10)
WP: Miguel Rosario (1-1), LP: Victor Arano (0-1), SV: Montana DuRapau (19)
HR: ALT - none; RDG - Rhys Hoskins (34)
Rhys Hoskins now has 100 RBI on the season, one behind Dylan Cozens for the league lead.
WP: Ranfi Casimiro (8-7), LP: Jairo Labourt (5-9), SV: none
HR: LAK - none; CLW - Josh Tobias (1)
Drew Anderson threw six shutout innings for Clearwater, allowing five hits and one walk.
West Virginia 3 (10)
WP: Matt Anderson (2-1), LP: Scott Harris (2-2), SV: none
Williamsport stole five bases in the game.
GCL Phillies 4
GCL Pirates 1
WP: Nick Fanti (5-0), LP: Nick Kingham (0-3), SV: Geury Ortiz (1)
Daniel Brito and Mickey Moniak each had two hits. Moniak is hitting .327 with the GCL Phillies.
RHP Andrew Bailey released.
RHP Jake Thompson had his contract purchased from Lehigh Valley.
LHP Brett Oberholtzer was designated for assignment.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs
LHP Elvis Araujo added to the roster.
OF Peter Bourjos joined the team on a rehab assignment.
RHP Jose Nin reassigned to Clearwater from the GCL Phillies.
1B Brandon Hayden placed on the DL.
C Edgar Cabral activated from the DL.