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SPONSORED: IronPigs 2nd Half Title Hopes Come to a Close as WooSox Spoil Abel’s Debut

Lehigh Valley IronPigs

Allentown, Pennsylvania (September 22, 2023) – With their postseason hopes hanging on by a thread coming into the night, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (80-66, 43-29) were officially eliminated from postseason contention as they fell 3-2 to the Worcester Red Sox (79-68, 40-32) on Friday night at Coca-Cola Park.

Prior to the IronPigs loss, the Durham Bulls had already defeated the Gwinnett Stripers earlier in the night to clinch the 2nd half International League title, eliminating the IronPigs.

After a scoreless first two innings, the IronPigs got on the board in the 2nd. Jim Haley singled with one out and stole second. One out later, Scott Kingery singled him home to make it 1-0.

Worcester tied the game in the third. Nick Sogard tripled to open the inning and Ronaldo Hernandez was then hit by a pitch. Stephen Scott then grounded into a double play that scored Sogard to tie the game.

Sogard started another rally in the fifth for the WooSox. He doubled with one out and after a sequence of hit batter, fielder’s choice, hit batter, the bases were loaded. Niko Kovadas worked a walk, forcing home Sogard to make it 2-1 Worcester.

Sogard walked to begin the seventh and moved to third after back-to-back groundouts. With two away, Narciso Crook legged out an infield single, allowing Sogard to score, making it 3-1.

In the ninth, the IronPigs mounted a final charge. With two outs Esteban Quiroz and Scott Kingery walked. Weston Wilson then singled to left, scoring Quiroz to make it a one-run game. Luis Guerrero (S, 1) struck out Matt Kroon however to end the game and secure the win for Worcester. Guerrero allowed a run on one hit and two walks, striking out two.

Brandon Walter (3-5) earned the win for the WooSox, allowing just one run in five innings on three hits, striking out four.

In his IronPigs debut, Mick Abel (0-1) was dealt the loss, conceding two runs in 4.2 innings on five hits and three walks, striking out six.

The IronPigs and WooSox continue their series on Saturday, September 23 with first pitch slated for 6:35 p.m.

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