Errors, walk-off sink Scrappers 4-3
AUBURN, NY- The Scrappers were on the cusp of splitting a two-game series with the Auburn Doubledays before errors and a walk-off sac-fly sent them packing by a score of 4-3.
Down 2-1 in the sixth, the Scrappers clawed their way back into the game and took a 3-2 lead on subsequent RBI hits from Robel Garcia and Paul Hendrix.
That 3-2 lead stood until the bottom of the ninth inning, when the Scrappers committed two costly errors and allowed the game-tying run to cross the plate for Auburn.
Re-energized by the miscues of their opponents, the Doubledays won the game 4-3 in the bottom of the tenth and swept the Scrappers on a walk-off sac-fly from catcher Andruth Ramirez.
The victory for the Doubledays secured their first set of back-to-back wins against the Scrappers in Auburn since 2010.
While the result of the game was depressing for the fans of this young team, the pitching was certainly a bright spot.
Dace Kime, the Indians third-round pick in 2013, had a rough outing for the Scrappers, but avoided any serious damage in an almost Houdini-like fashion.
Allowing six walks and two hits in just two innings of work, Kime left with just a single run to his name and was replaced by NYPL All-Star Matt Whitehouse in the third inning.
In typical Whitehouse fashion, the reliever allowed just two hits in two scoreless innings.
Meanwhile for the Doubledays, starter Jake Johansen was literally untouchable in his start on Saturday evening.
Working five innings, Johansen gave up not a single hit, but allowed a run thanks to two walks and a wild pitch that tied the game at 1-1.
The dominance from Johansen should come as no surprise, as the 6’6, 235 pound righty has allowed just eight runs in his nine starts this season.
Both bullpens were decent, but it was Trevor Frank who picked up the loss for the Scrappers, as he pitched in the 9th and 105th innings.
The Scrappers will head to Williamsport tomorrow and try to pick up a win in another two-game set with the CrossCutters.
Yacksel Rios (3-2, 4.91) will get the start for the CrossCutters, while the Scrappers starter for tomorrow night’s game is yet to be announced.
First pitch from Bowman Field is set for 5:05 p.m.