With only the blemish of a second inning run on his line, Anthony Vasquez was cruising through the RailRiders lineup Wednesday. After the first four innings though, a light rain started to fall and lightning struck off in the distance. As much as the IronPigs needed the two insurance runs that they got in the top of the fifth, the longer inning threatened to wipe out the rest of the game.
Vasquez came out in the bottom of the fifth to get two quick outs before walking Jonathan Diaz. The 29-year old lefty then bounced right back to strike out Clint Frazier and end the inning, which also brought the end of the game when the rains came down much heavier. The grounds crew had trouble getting the tarp on the field, which made the decision to cancel the rest of the game an easy one, as the left side of the infield became something just short of a pond.
With a 2-1 lead in place, Lehigh Valley tacked on two more runs in the fifth, with some help from Scranton outfielder Frazier. With runners on first and second and one out, Andrew Knapp singled to left to score Nick Williams, who delivered a one-out single. Darin Ruf, who had walked, had stopped at second, but Frazier threw home, putting the throw well up the first base line, allowing both Ruf and Knapp to advance. @Cam Perkins then lined a single off reliever Phil Coke that allowed Williams to score from third and make it a 4-1 game.
The IronPigs first run came in the top of the first, when Williams ground into a force out, allowing Peter Bourjos, who likely played in his last rehab game with Lehigh Valley, to score from third. Bourjos led off the game with a single and went to third on Darnell Sweeney's single. Lehigh Valley added another run in the fourth when Emmanuel Burriss walked and scored on a double from Jesmuel Valentin.
Scranton's run came on a solo home run from Kyle Higashioka.
The win moved the IronPigs to three games behind Scranton for the division lead and leaves them 5 1/2 games ahead of Rochester in the wild card standings.
Lehigh Valley 4
WP: Anthony Vasquez (3-0), LP: Phil Coke (4-3), SV: none
HR: LV - none; SWB - Kyle Higashioka (7)
Nick Williams had two hits, upping his average to .280.
The Philadelphia Phillies were off on Thursday. They open a weekend series at home against the Colorado Rockies Friday night.
The Reading Fightin Phils were rained out at Binghamton Thursday night. The game will not be made up.
WP: Endrys Briceno (3-5), LP: Shane Watson (4-5), SV: none
HR: CLW - none; LKL - Drew Longley (3), Kade Scivicque (6), Wade Hinkle (10)
Drew Stankiewicz had two of the six Threshers hits.
WP: Brandon Leibrandt (1-1), LP: Gabe Hemmer (2-3), SV: Matt Hockenberry (5)
Brandon Leibrandt: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K.
WP: Max Beatty (4-5), LP: Harold Arauz (3-6), SV: Michael Horejsei (2)
HR: LKW - Cornelius Randolph (2); KAN - none
Ismael Cabrera threw 2 1/3 innings in relief, allowing just one unearned run.
Hudson Valley 0
WP: Will Hibbs (3-1), LP: Jose Alonzo (1-3), SV: none
Julian Garcia (relief): 3 1/3 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K, ND
Hudson Valley 2
Hudson Valley and Williamsport do not meet again this season, so the game will not be completed.
GCL Tigers West 1
GCL Phillies 7
WP: Luis Carrasco (4-2), LP: Daniel Gonzalez (2-1), SV: none
HR: TIG - none; PHIL - Jhailyn Ortiz (7)
Jhailyn Ortiz went 2-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored, a home run and three RBI.