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No more comebacks; Pigs eliminated in ILDS

Danny Ortiz
Danny Ortiz had a home run and five RBI against the Louisville Bats on April 12, 2018. (Photo courtesy Cheryl Pursell)

Lehigh Valley saw their season come to an end on Saturday night, as the Pigs were eliminated from the postseason three games-to-one by the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. The Riders took game four by a 7-2 final.

The game took ten innings, but the RailRiders were able to push ahead for good with five runs in the extra inning, a majority on a grand slam by Bruce Caldwell.

It was the third consecutive postseason that Lehigh Valley was eliminated by Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the first round of the postseason.

Just like the first three games of the series, this contest started with a tight pitcher’s duel. Ranger Suarez allowed the first run of the game in the third inning on a soft single, a hit-by-pitch, a wild pitch and finally, a groundout. Suarez recovered from that hiccup and allowed only one more base-hit the rest of his night.

After being dominated by Michael King through the first few innings, the Pigs were gifted a rally, following a soft grounder by Zach Green that ricocheted off second base to allow the runner on, Logan Moore and Jesmuel Valentin strung together singles to bring the tying run home.

An inning later, Danny Ortiz put the IronPigs on top when he slugged a solo home run over the right field wall to make it 2-1.

After the bullpen logged scoreless frames, Pedro Beato found himself one out away from the win, but a close infield single allowed a tying runner from second base to score and send the game to extras.

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