ALLENTOWN - The Lehigh Valley IronPigs fell for the fourth straight game on Wednesday night as they once again struggled at the plate.
In 37 innings over their past four games, the IronPigs have scored just three runs. Fortunately for the IronPigs, the Pawtucket Red Sox lost their second-straight to Rochester by a score of 4-2, preserving the two-game North Division deficit that the IronPigs were facing going into International League action.
The Yankees got rolling in the third inning, as Gustavo Molina led off the inning with a solo home run to left field off IronPigs starter Dave Bush. Doug Bernier then drew a walk, and then stole base prior to Chris Dickerson also drawing a walk from Bush. With two on, Mike Lamb struck an RBI single to drive in Bernier and made it a 2-0 game. Brandon Laird then added an RBI single for the third run of the inning.
Yankees starter Hector Noesi would be done after three innings of work in which he allowed no runs on two hits with four strikeouts.
The Yankees put up another pair in the sixth, as Jordan Parraz hit a two-run shot out to the lawn in center field to make it 5-0. Bush finished out the sixth before his night was over, having given up five earned runs on six hits with three walks and seven strikeouts.
The Yankees tacked on one more run in the seventh, as Laird struck an RBI single with runners on the corners off of Ryan Feierabend to score Kevin Russo.
The IronPigs showed a sign of life in the bottom of the seventh, as they scored a run on a wild pitch from D.J. Mitchell coupled with a throwing error by Gustavo Molina from the plate. Rich Thompson drove in another run on an RBI groundout with Josh Barfield at third base.
The IronPigs threatened again as they loaded the bases in the ninth inning, but Brandon Moss went down swinging for the final out of the game.
The IronPigs did not lose any ground in the IL North as Pawtucket fell to Rochester, however they lost half a game in the Wild Card standings as Gwinnett split a double-header in Norfolk.