Down On The Farm
Led by RF Nick Williams, Lehigh Valley continued its blazing month by blasting five home runs against three Louisville Bats pitchers. The IronPigs are 21–4 in May after ending April at 12–11. 21 wins are the most for any month in LV history. Reading, Clearwater and Lakewood each lost.
111–80 record and .581 percentage are the best in baseball
Lehigh Valley, International League North Division, 1st place
IronPigs (33–15) romped over Louisville, 13–1, with five home runs among their 15-hit attack . . . Williams led the way, 3–5, 3 R, 2b (10), HR (8) and 4 RBI. In his last 10 games: .385, 15 H, 15 RBI, 6 HR. Other HRs: CF Cameron Perkns (4) and SS J.P. Crawford (2–2), back-to-back; 2B Pedro Florimon (1) and LF Taylor Featherston (3). 3B Howie Kendricks, 1–5, 2B, 3 SO . . . WP: Ben Lively (6–1), 8–5–1–0–2–7, 2.40 ERA. Going back to last season, Lively is 10–1 . . . Nick Pivetta (4–0), 6:35 tonight vs. Louisville.
Reading, Eastern League East Division, 3rd place
Fightin Phils (23–21) losing streak reached 8 games, 4–1, in New Hampshire. Longest losing streak since they dropped 12 in a row in 2014 . . . 2B Scott Kingery, 2–5, including 15th HR, RBI, BB, leads all minor leaguers in home runs. 1B Kyle Martin, 2–4 . . . LP: Mario Sanchez (2–1), 5–6–3–3–1–1 . . . Shane Watson (2–3), 4:05 this afternoon in New Hampshire.
Clearwater, Florida State League North Division, 2nd place
Threshers (27–23) lost to the Mets, 4–3, in 10 innings in St. Lucie . . . RF Zachary Coppola, 2–4, 2 SB (10). After the Mets scored 2 in B8 to take 3–2 lead, Coppola tied the game in T9 on a 2-out single . . . ND: Jose Taveras, 6–4–1–1–0–5. LP: Ranfi Casimiro (2–2) who allowed 3 weeks before a walk-off fielder’s choice . . . Franklyn Kilome (2–2), 1:00 this afternoon in St. Lucie.
Lakewood, South Atlantic League North Division, 2nd place
BlueClaws (28–21) dropped a 7–1 decision to Delmarva . . . RF Cord Sandberg, 2 of Lakewood’s 6 hits. DH Darick Hall, HR (5) . . . LP: Felix Paulino (1–4), 3.1–9–4–4–0–7 . . . Nick Fanti (3–0), 7:05 tonight vs. Delmarva. Team leaves after the game for Greensboro, NC, and a 4:05 Monday day game. Sleep on the bus, boys.