Jamestown shuts out Mahoning Valley for second night
Scrappers have now been held scoreless across their first 18 innings
NILES- On a cloud-free night at Eastwood Field, the Scrappers copied last night’s losing effort and fell to Jamestown by almost the exact score, 3-0.
Yet again, dominant pitching performances and missed opportunities were the theme.
Scrappers manager Ted Kubiak wasn’t discouraged, however, as this is baseball after all. “We just need to hit more. There’s no secret to that.”
This time around, the Scrappers’ big opportunities came in the first and eighth innings, but the team was unable to score a single run in either situation.
The first inning rally started with back-to-back singles for the Scrappers, and right fielder Josh McAdams walked to load the bases with one out.
Paul Hendrix, the 2013 Indians 18th round draft pick, had an opportunity to give the Scrappers their first run of the season in his first professional at-bat.
Unfortunately, things didn’t go so well, as he grounded to second for the inning ending double play.
The Scrappers loaded the bases again in the eighth, and again, no runs were scored.
With two outs, McAdams reached base for the fourth time on the evening with a walk, and Hendrix doubled deep to right. The run was unable to score on the play, as McAdams thought the ball was going to be caught and didn’t sprint around second base.
On a positive note, Scrappers starter Caleb Hamrick breezed through the Jammers lineup for four innings, retiring 12 straight batters, before catcher Jin-De Jhang clocked a solo homer deep to the bullpen in right.
For the second night in a row, the Jammers scored the first run of the game on a solo home run. Again, the Scrappers were down 1-0, and again that proved to be all the offense all they would need.
Hamrick finished the inning, but not before the Jammers got some lucky breaks and scored another run to push the lead to 2-0.
Hamrick’s final line showed five innings of work, three hits, two runs, one earned run, four strike outs, and no walks. He threw 60 pitches, 44 of which were strikes. Again, the Scrappers starter seemed to have good command, as Luis Lugo threw only five balls last night.
Jammers starter Colten Brewer had a nice outing as well. While it wasn’t the masterful performance of Isaac Sanchez, it certainly sufficed. In five innings of work, Brewer allowed five hits (all singles) and no runs, while walking one, and striking out two.
The Jammers added a run off of Scrappers reliever Alexis Paredes in the sixth, thanks to back to back stolen bases by rightfielder Elvis Escobar, and took a 3-0 lead into the seventh, which would end up the final score.
The 3-0 loss is the second straight Jammers’ shutout, and gives the Scrappers 18 straight innings of scoreless baseball to start out the season.
While the series belongs to the Jammers, the Scrapers will try to avoid the sweep, and their third consecutive scoreless game, tomorrow night from Eastwood Field.
First pitch is set for 7:05.