ALLENTOWN – Road kill. Left for Dead. Walking Dead. All of these video game titles pretty much summed up the IronPigs' play through seven innings of Monday night's game.
The situation was nothing new to the IronPigs. After being no-hit for most of the game and almost all hope gone, Delwyn Young's two run single in the bottom of the eighth inning capped a one-out rally that resuscitated the IronPigs. Michael Schwimmer closed out the ninth to give Lehigh Valley a 4-3 win over the Indianapolis Indians.
"That's were experience came into play," second baseman Pete Orr said. "You can't get frustrated, you just have to keep making plays."
Indianapolis starter Garrett Olson was virtually unhittable. After giving up his only hit, a double to Brandon Moss to start the fifth, the lefty was promptly pulled with one out in the sixth after walking catcher Erik Kratz.
The moment he left the game, the IronPig comeback began. Down 3-1, Orr and Josh Barfield's back-to-back singles placed runners at first and third. Indian reliever Cesar Valdez tried to pick Barfield off of first, but his throw went wide allowing Orr to score.
John Mayberry landed on second base with a line drive single to centerfield that pushed Barfield to third. The right-handed Valdez intentionally walked the lefty Moss to load the bases to set the stage for Young.
"I was basically trying to get a good pitch that I could drive and pick up one, at least two, and even three [runs]," Young said. "I was able to get a good pitch, put it in play, and it fell."
Lehigh Valley (40-27) has played from behind in 40 of the 70 games played and have won 18 of them. This win is the seventh come from behind win when trailing after seven innings.
"We had the right set of guys at the top of the order with the right set of guys that we wanted up with men on base," IronPig manager Ryne Sandberg said.
Lehigh Valley used a bit of home cooking and good fortune to score the first run. Erik Kratz drew the walk from Olson in the sixth that sent him packing. Pinch-hitter Tagg Bozied popped a fly ball to shallow left field. In the twilight, Indian Alex Presley lost sight of the ball that harmlessly landed 20 feet to his side.
Barfield's sacrifice fly scored Kratz to cut the lead to 3-1.
Joining the team earlier in the day, Tim Redding gave a gutsy, six-inning quality start that gave up just three runs.
"Redding did a nice job to minimize and keep the crooked numbers off the scoreboard," Sandberg said. "He got better in the second three innings."
Drew Carpenter, relishing his role as a reliever (1.65 ERA), shut the door on Indianapolis with two shutout innings that allowed for the comeback and Schwimmer's save.
Lehigh Valley will face the Indians again in the second game of their eight-game home stand. LV's Brian Bass (4-4, 4.98) will square off against Rudy Owens (6-5, 5.00).