Gomez leads Scrappers pitching to no-hitter of Batavia
Mahoning Valley makes history with 5-0 no-hit win over Muckdogs
By Hayden Grove
September 2, 2013
BATAVIA, NY- The Mahoning Valley Scrappers made New York Penn League History on Sunday afternoon against the Muckdogs in a 5-0 victory over Batavia.
Three Scrappers pitchers combined to throw a no-hitter on Sunday and became the first NYPL team since 2008 to throw a no-hitter and be the victim of a no-hitter in the same season.
They were no-hit by the Williamsport Crosscutters on August 18th, 2013, but have now avenged that game with a no-hitter of their own.
The historic day was much in thanks to Mahoning Valley starter Luis Gomez, who was absolutely brilliant.
Gomez was a recent addition the Scrappers roster after his promotion from the Arizona Summer League and struggled in his first two outings in low-A ball.
His first two starts resulted in two losses and an ERA over five, but the third start was the charm.
In six innings on Sunday, Gomez was essentially perfect, allowing just a single walk in an otherwise flawless performance. He also struck out a season-high eight batters.
Gomez was followed by Carlos Melo, who continued the dominance.
In two innings of his own, Melo allowed just one walk, struck out two batters, and set up Kerry Doane to complete the no-no in the ninth.
Coming in, Doane has had an up and down season, but has recently been on a bit of a hot-streak. In his previous two outings, he allowed a combined 3 hits in 3.1 innings without allowing a walk or a run.
Doane rode that hot-streak right into Sunday’s performance and secured history in the bottom of the ninth. He struck out two and got the final out in a perfect 1-2-3 inning.
The Scrappers will certainly celebrate this victory, as it’s one of the few highlights they’ve had in this 28-win season.
Offensively, the Scrappers were very quiet until the top of the ninth when they plated four runs. The big blow in the inning came when another recent AZL call-up, third baseman Grant Fink, connected on a two-run home run in just his second game with the Scrappers.
They did have 13 hits on the afternoon, but were only able to plate a single run in eight innings.
The Scrappers will head to Auburn to face the Doubledays in their final series of the tumultuous 2013 season.
Cole Sulser (2-2, 2.06) will make his last start for the Scrappers in 2013 while the Doubledays have yet to announce their starting pitcher.
First pitch from Auburn is set for 7:05 pm.