ALLENTOWN – The numbers do not tell the story for the IronPigs this season.
Despite being in the top of the league in hitting with runners in scoring position, third in runs scored (125) and fifth in ERA (3.93), the IronPigs are lagging just under the .500 mark for the season.
Last night was no different as the Columbus Clippers downed Lehigh Valley last night at Coca-Cola Park.
With 11 hits, four home runs, a triple, and two doubles, one would think the IronPigs bore through the Clippers. All that output produced was just five runs as the Cleveland affiliate rounded the plate more often in the 10-5 win.
"It was a loud night at the ball park," IronPig manager Dave Huppert said. "When you get two good lineups out there you'll get that."
After going hitless through the first two innings, Clippers pounded out 11 hits of their own including four doubles and two triples. The difference in the score can be attributed to the eight free passes granted to Clipper hitters while the IronPigs drew only one.
"Their pitchers were throwing strikes and we were swinging," Huppert said. "They were a little more patient."
Lehigh Valley starter Brian Mazone was hit hard. In the top of the sixth inning, he surrendered back-to-back doubles to Clippers Wes Hodges and Jordan Brown to push the score to 5-2 to drive him from the game.
Brian Gordon would not provided the relief the IronPigs needed. Gordon, who had walked only two batters on the year, walked four batters, including catcher Carlos Santana to drive in a run.
"He's been pitching real well, he just wasn't hitting his spots and getting behind hitters," Huppert said.
The five-run sixth inning all but sunk the IronPigs.
All five of the IronPig runs came from the long ball as Lehigh Valley hit four homers.
Centerfielder Chris Duffy, playing in his first game since the weekend due to injury, smacked two solo homers. Dewayne Wise also returned from injury to collect two hits.
"They came back in there, swung the bat real well and had a good night for themselves," Huppert said.
John Mayberry hit a solo home run in the first inning and third baseman Cody Ransom blasted a two-run shot in the sixth.
Former IronPig infielder Jason Donald returned to Coca Cola Park. He went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.
Notes: Brian Bocock is now 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position ... Columbus grounded into 35 double plays in their first 27 games, last night they had none.