September 08, 2017
By: Steve Degler
The Lehigh Valley IronPigs have sure made things exciting in their quest for the International League Governor's Cup Championship. The Pigs won their final six regular season games to claim the wild card spot. Dusty Wathan's team has overcome a rash of promotions to Philadelphia. Of the 25 players on Lehigh Valley's playoff roster, only eight were with the team on opening day.
For the second straight season, the Pigs have drawn Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the best-of-five first round. Last year, the RailRiders swept the Pigs on their way to the league title. But Lehigh Valley won the 2017 season series 11-7 and swept SWB four straight games over Labor Day weekend to get into the postseason.
If game one of the series last night is any indication, this semifinal match-up could be quite a battle. The Pigs rallied from a 5-1 deficit to win the opener, 6-5 in 12 innings. Carlos Tocci, who was 2-21 to close the season, had three hits including a game-winning single with the bases loaded in the 12th. The IronPigs bullpen was sensational. Six relievers combined to throw six scoreless innings, allowing just one hit. The victory snapped a six-game losing streak in the playoffs for the Pigs. Let's hope there are more wins to come!