Jammers sweep doubleheader against Scrappers
Mahoning Valley musters just eight total hits en route to two losses Tuesday
By Hayden Grove
August 27, 2013
JAMESTOWN, NY- After the rain washed away Monday’s contest between the Jamestown Jammers and Mahoning Valley Scrappers, the two teams met for a doubleheader on Tuesday night that resulted in two wins for the home team in a sweep of the twin-set.
In game one, the Jammers exploded for seven runs off of Scrappers starter Luis Gomez en route to an 8-0 blowout.
Gomez, fresh out of the Arizona League, struggled immensely in just his second start in Low-A ball. In four innings, he allowed seven runs on ten hits, while striking out four and walking two to earn to his second loss of the season.
The Jamestown bats came alive for just two innings, but those two innings were more than enough to put away the Scrappers, thanks to the Jamestown pitching staff.
Starter Isaac Sanchez started the collective shutout as he pitched three innings of two-hit baseball before handing it over to reliever Justin Topa. Topa, who boasts a 1.78 ERA on the year, shut down the Scrappers bats for two innings of his own, allowing just two more hits. Finally, Oderman Rocha closed the door for the last two innings and allowed just a single hit in the process.
With just a 30 delay in between games, the Scrappers couldn’t mull on the loss long and had to be ready to face the Jammers in game two.
While the Jammers bats exploded in game one, neither team could get it going when game two rolled around.
That was definitely due, however, to the many talented pitchers who took the mound on both sides.
For the Scrappers, New York Penn League All-Star Matt Whitehouse got the start and was his typical and brilliant self.
Coming into the start with a perfect 4-0 record and an ERA below one, Whitehouse allowed just one run (unearned) and one hit while striking out three in three innings.
Jammers starter Buddy Borden came in with similar numbers- 0-0, 1.17 ERA- and was even better than his Mahoning Valley counterpart. In four innings, Borden allowed just a single hit while striking out seven batters.
Each bullpen was dominant as well. For the Scrappers, reliever Michael Goodnight pitched three scoreless innings and allowed just three hits and a walk in the process.
Jamestown reliever Andy Otamendi pitched two innings of nearly perfect baseball- the mere blemish coming on a walk- and closer Henry Hirsch shut the door- despite allowing two hits and putting the winning run on second base- in his lone inning of relief.
For those counting at home, the Scrappers compiled a combined zero runs and just eight hits in the 14 innings of baseball played on Tuesday night.
Tomorrow night, the Scrappers- now at 25-41 on the year- will look to avoid the series sweep in Jamestown before heading home for the final two games of the season from Eastwood Field.
While their starter is yet to be announced, the Scrappers will face Jamestown’s Lithuanian starter Dovydas Neverauskas (4-4, 4.53).
First pitch from Russell Diethrick Park is set for 7:05 pm.