The 2022 minor league season opened last night and Triple-A Lehigh Valley (1-0) posted a come-from-behind, 7-3 victory over the Columbus Clippers. The IronPigs fell behind 3-0 in the fifth inning but came roaring back with a 7-run eighth inning. Theirs was the only affiliated game in the organization as Reading, Jersey Shore, and Clearwater open their seasons this Friday.
The IronPigs have a roster filled with veteran players to support the big league Phillies if needed. There are few home-grown prospects or recognizable names on the team. Their experience could lead to a much better record than the team posted last season.
RHP James Marvel, signed as a free agent on March 4th, started and threw 3.0 shutout innings. He allowed 2 hits, 2 walks, and struck out three. Jake Hernandez struck out 5 in 1.2 innings but allowed 3 runs on 3 hits, 2 HR, and a walk. The walk scored in front of the first HR. Jake Newberry finished the inning and pitched 1.1 innings. He allowed a walk and a hit, flirting with danger issuing the walk in front of the double. Kyle Dohy tossed an inning allowing a hit and 2 walks. The 2 walks led off the eighth inning and Tyler Cyr was brought in to strand the two runners. He walked the bases loaded before getting the final out of the inning. Nick Duron struck out the side in the ninth but allowed one-out and two-out singles in the process.
The IronPigs had runners on base in each of the first six innings, twice with leadoff doubles, and couldn’t push a run across. They finally broke through in the eighth inning. They loaded the bases with nobody out on a walk to Donny Sands, a hit by pitch by Darick Hall, and a walk to Jorge Bonifacio. Their first run scored on a double play ball by Justin Williams. John Andreoli drew a walk and the Clippers went back to the bullpen. The IronPigs responded with five consecutive hits – an RBI single by Drew Maggi, a 2-run double by Ali Castillo who scored on a throwing error, a single by Dalton Guthrie, an RBI double by Will Toffey, and an RBI single by Donny Sands.
The IronPigs pounded 5 doubles by Guthrie, Toffey (2), Williams, and Castillo. Guthrie and Toffey had 2-hit games. Every batter reached base by either a hit or a walk. The IronPigs drew 8 walks and struck out ten times. The IronPigs scored 6 runs with two outs in the eighth.
Both teams collected 9 hits. The IronPigs’ pitchers allowed 3 XBH a double and 2 HR. They walked 7 and struck out thirteen.
The IronPigs committed no errors while the Clippers committed three. The Clippers stole a base on Marvel/Sands. Williams was thrown out at home. The IronPigs turned no double plays and hit into 3 of their own, one the play at the plate.
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4/05/2022 – RHP Nick Duron assigned to Lehigh Valley
4/05/2022 – LHP Scott Moss assigned to Lehigh Valley
4/05/2022 – LHP Ricardo Sanchez assigned to Lehigh Valley
4/05/2022 – 3B Will Toffey assigned to Lehigh Valley
4/05/2022 – RF Jorge Bonifacio assigned to Lehigh Valley
4/05/2022 – SS Ali Castillo assigned to Lehigh Valley
4/05/2022 – RHP Michael Mariot assigned to Lehigh Valley from Reading