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Lehigh Valley sweeps a double-header to even their season record at 2-2.

A sweep of a Sunday double-header brings Lehigh Valley to .500, while the Lakewood BlueClaws completed a sweep of their series at Kannapolis to start 4-0. Plus, news on Philadelphia, Reading and Clearwater.

In a scene that fans of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs hope to see often this season, Rhys Hoskins and Dylan Cozens both homered in the first game of the 'Pigs double-header sweep of the Pawtucket Red Sox. Lehigh Valley won the opener 3-1 and took game two 5-2.

Hoskins finished the day 4-for-6 with three runs scored and two driven in, putting his early season average at .357 (5-for-14). Jesmuel Valentin went 3-for-3 in the second game with a run scored and an RBI and is hitting .615 (8-for-13).

Ben Lively started game one, with Nick Pivetta going in game two, and both pitching prospects had similar days. Both pitchers gave up a first inning run before settling in and dominating through most of the game. After giving up a run on three hits in the first inning, Lively retired 15 of the last 17 batters that he faced, with just Allen Craig reaching base when he was hit by a pitch. Pivetta had a similar fate, giving up a first inning run - unearned - on two hits and an error by Hector Gomez. After that Pivetta retired 11 in a row before he hit Dan Butler with a pitch and two batters later, gave up a double to Tim Robertson. A groundball to short allowed Butler to score.

Luis Garcia got the save in the opener and Michael Mariot picked up his first save in the nightcap.


PHILADELPHIA 4, Washington 3

WP: Jeanmar Gomez (1-0), LP: Koda Glover (0-1), SV: none

HR: WASH - Ryan Zimmerman (3); PHIL - none

Cesar Hernandez delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to give the Phillies the win and take two-of-three from Washington. Hernandez had two hits and two RBI on the day. After going hitless in the Phillies 17-3 romp on Saturday, Freddy Galvis was 2-for-4 on Sunday.

Starter Jeremy Hellickson left the game after five innings with a right forearm strain. Hellickson felt pain warming up for the sixth inning and was lifted in favor of Joaquin Benoit... There's talk of a closer change, after Gomez allowed three ninth inning runs that tied the game. Gomez has been scored on in two of his three appearances this season, and has a 15.00 ERA.

Portland 11, READING 10

WP: Jamie Callahan (1-0), LP: Tom Windle (0-1), SV: none

HR: RDG - Andrew Pullin (1), Kyle Martin (1); POR - Jordan Procyshen (1), Danny Mars (1)

Reading battled back from an 8-3 deficit to take a 10-8 lead in the top of the eighth. Windle struggled in the bottom of the inning though and gave up three runs to make it 11-10. Reading was swept in Portland and is now 0-3 to start the season.

Drew Anderson - 3 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 1 BB, 0 K; Windle - 1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K; Mario Sanchez - 3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

Pullin, Scott KingeryHarold Martinez and Chace Numata each had two hits in the game.

CLEARWATER 4, Dunedin 2

WP: Cole Irvin (1-0), LP: Angel Perdomo (0-1), SV: Jeff Singer (2)

HR: DUN - none; CLW - Cornelius Randolph (3), Herlis Rodriguez (1), Jan Hernandez (1), Damek Tomscha (1)

Randolph has now homered in three of Clearwater's four games this season, after hitting just three home runs in 121 professional games coming into the season... Wilson Garcia finished the day 3-for-4 and is now batting .364 (4-for-11) this season.

Irvin threw six shutout innings, allowing just two hits and a walk, while striking out eight.

LAKEWOOD 7, Kannapolis 1

WP: Ismael Cabrera (1-0), LP: Bernardo Flores (0-1), SV: none

HR: LKW - Arquimedes Gamboa (1); KAN - none

Brett Barbier had two RBI doubles, and three hits.

SP Adonis Medina - 4 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 2 K; Cabrera - 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K.

Lakewood swept the season-opening series at Kannapolis to start the year 4-0.

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