Crawford's Inside-The-Park Slam Lifts Pigs To 8-2 Win
Rhys Hoskins hit his International League leading 24th home run, and J.P. Crawford hit your run-of-the-mill inside-the-park grand slam as the IronPigs (64-40) picked up a 5-1 victory over the Gwinnett Braves (50-52) Wednesday night at Coca Cola Park before 8,076 fans.
Crawford then laced a line drive to right-center field, and kept running as all three runners would score. Crawford rounded third and headed home as the relay throw came into the infield. The ball would beat Crawford to the plate, however, Braves catcher
It is the second inside-the-park home run in franchise history, the firs being Javon Moran on May 29, 2008 and the first inside-the-park grand slam in the franchise's history.
The Pigs took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, as Hoskins launched his league leading 24th home run. The home run now places Hoskins second on the Pigs all-time single-season list trailing just Andy Tracy who had 26 in 2010.
The G-Braves broke through in the top of the fifth inning as
Kingery singled in the top of the seventh inning to extend his hitting streak to tie a team season-high 12-game hitting streak. After a Crawford walk, Hoskins would strike again in the bottom of the seventh inning with a two-run double down the left field line, extending the Pigs lead to 7-1 at the time. Two batters later
Gwinnett would add a late run in the top of the eighth inning, as
Pigs starter Mark Leiter picked up his second win of the season for the Pigs as he tossed six innings, allowing just one run on two hits while striking out four batters.
The series concludes with game four of the series Thursday night against the Gwinnet Braves. The Pigs will send left-hander
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